Friday, November 18, 2011

Houston Person with Ron Carter: Dialogues (2000)

In the 1980s, tenor saxophonist Houston Person and bassist Ron Carter recorded a pair of unlikely but successful duo albums. Person, who has mostly been heard through the years with organ groups, piano trios, and accompanying the late singer Etta Jones, has a large tone worthy of Gene Ammons, while Ron Carter (who has played with everyone) clearly had a good time interacting with Person in the sparse format. In 1990, Person and Carter recorded their third duet album, and the results are at least as rewarding as their first two collaborations. On such songs as "Doxy," "Dear Old Stockholm," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Mack the Knife," Person and Carter swing hard and sound at their most playful and creative in each other's company. They both sound inspired by this setting (where every sound counts) and play with full confidence; there is not a single hesitant moment. This is a particularly memorable and enjoyable effort that features the two musicians at their best. ~ Scott Yanow
Houston Person (born November 10, 1934) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in soul jazz. Person is also known for his distinctive sassy sound and his expressive style of playing. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982.
Ron Carter (born May 4, 1937) is an American jazz double-bassist. His appearances on over 2,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history, along with Milt Hinton, Ray Brown and Leroy Vinnegar. Carter is also an acclaimed cellist who has recorded numerous times on that instrument.
He also has recorded a large body of classical work, and he contributed to the film score for Desperate Characters (1971).
1. DOXY (S.Rollins) 9:21
2. I REMEMBER CLIFFORD (B.Golson) 7:20
3. DEAR OLD STOCKHOLM (Trad.) 5:07
4. MR. BOW-TIE (R.Carter) 6:29
6. I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY (Cahn-Styne) 5:49
7. MACK THE KNIFE (K.Weill) 5:02
8. I GOT IT BAD (AND THAT AIN’T GOOD) (Ellington-Webster) 6:08
HOUSTON PERSON - tenor sax
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