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Houston Person

In the 1990s, Houston Person kept the soulful thick-toned tenor tradition of Gene Ammons alive, particularly in his work with organists. After learning piano as a youth, Person switched to tenor. While stationed in Germany with the Army, he played in groups that also included Eddie Harris, Lanny Morgan, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. Person picked up valuable experience as a member of Johnny Hammond's group (1963-1966) and became a bandleader in the following years, often working with singer Etta Jones. A duo recording with Ran Blake was a nice change of pace, but most of Person's playing has been done with blues-oriented organ groups. He recorded a consistently excellent series of albums for Muse, eventually switching to HighNote Records for 2006's You Taught My Heart to Sing, 2007's Thinking of You, and 2008's Just Between Friends, which featured bassist Ron Carter. Released in 2012, Naturally, recorded at the famed Van Gelder Recording Studio, teamed Person with Cedar Walton on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums. He quickly returned with the similarly inclined 2013 effort Nice 'n' Easy, followed a year later by The Melody Lingers On. Person then delivered the rootsy and soulful Something Personal in 2015. In 2016, the saxophonist once again paired with bassist Carter for the duo album Chemistry. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Melody Lingers On

1. My Funny Valentine

2. Gone Again

3. You're Nearer

4. Minton's

5. Bewitched

6. Only Trust Your Heart

7. They All Laughed

8. Try A Little Tenderness

9. The Song Has Ended

10. You Can't Lose With The Blues

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Track List: Nice 'n' Easy

1. Someday You'll Be Sorry

2. All My Tomorrows

3. Stolen Sweets

4. It's All In The Game

5. Nice 'n' Easy

6. If It's The Last Thing I Do

7. Ill Wind

8. Let's Fall In Love

9. Sweet Life

10. Bluesology

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Track List: Naturally

1. Bag's Groove

2. That's All

3. How Little It Matters, How Little We Know

4. Namely You

5. My Foolish Heart

6. Red Sails In The Sunset

7. Don' Cha Go 'Way Mad

8. It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream

9. Sunday

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Track List: So Nice

1. Blues Everywhere

2. All Too Soon

4. Kiss And Run

5. So Nice

6. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

7. Close To You

8. Star Eyes

9. Minor Inconvenience

10. Easy Living

11. Everything I Love

12. Stephen Sondheim Medley

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Track List: Moment To Moment

1. Bleeker Street

2. I Cover The Waterfront

3. Moment To Moment

4. Freight Dance

5. Don't Take Your Love From Me

6. E Nada Mais

7. Just The Way You Are

8. Back In New Orleans

9. All My Life

10. Love Won't Let Me Wait

11. Nina Never Knew

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Track List: Mellow

1. Sunny

2. Too Late Now

3. In A Mellow Tone

4. To Each His Own

5. What A Difference A Day Made

6. Two Different Worlds

7. Blues In The Am

8. Who Can I Turn To

9. God Bless The Child

10. Lester Leaps In

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Track List: The Groove Masters Series: The Opening Round

1. Sweet Sucker

2. Let's Stay Together

3. Can't Help Lovin' That Man

4. What's Going On

5. When A Man Loves A Woman

6. Blue Spring

7. Song For A Rainbow

8. Shenandoah

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Mr. Person is one the greatest Tenor Sax player I ever heard.
When it comes his tone I don't know any one play with never change tone all his life time. Love it !!!!
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Superb
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poppa_bear49
SMOOTH, so SMOOTH!!!
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My romance, the only tune that makes me dance in the kitchen with my special one. Thanks Houston, simply amazin'.
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Loved H. Person's playing, but somehow the drummer sounded somehow off, in that half of the drumming sounded nice, but there's one top hat or snare drum he's not doin' right by, sort of sounds like a beginner. Maybe the mic. is too close to that snare, + / or top hat cymbal.
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genehill2
Saw Houston on the 07 Jazz Cruise. His name fails to list him in 15? What happened? g.
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So lovely and full of soul.relaxes your spirit and turns off the noise in your mind. Love it. What a talent!
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I love Houston to Etta with Love
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Houston Person is new to my listening, but I really enjoyed the selection chosen by Pandora today. Smooth, relaxing and definitely good music to listen to and kick back.
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lights on low. drink in hand. that special lady AND HOUSTON PERSON. 'nuff said.
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That's what's so special about Pandora to me. I'm forever discovering talent whose names I've never heard before. And I've been a jazz fan for a LOT of years. Houston is another one of those discoveries for me :-)
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Play it pretty play it pretty baby HOT DAM
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communicator 9
His albums with Ron Carter are masterful.
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Nothing but soul!
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Blues from the past-----Out s t a n d i n g , Percy!----Ra y Pickens, from your past, mister.
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I've been fortunate enough to see him four times and got to chat with him at the Newport, OR, jazz festival in 2008. Not only a fantastic sax player but a friendly, down to earth kind of guy. Long live Houston.
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mvalor2020
I'M A SWINGING BABY!
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All Soul It's ME!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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bbrelles
Got to see him live at a little Sacramento venue organized by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society. WHAT a SHOW!
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jacquesone
Houston Person is the best of the best!
I am a tremendous fan.
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straight up great music!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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If you like great jazz sax, this guy is hard to beat. One of my favorites.
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coxlearn
Love this sound... true, clean & elegant!!
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HOUSTON HAD TO KNOW HIS "WAY " AROUND THE TENOR TO HANG WITH GENE AMMONS AND EDDIE HARRIS, TWO BAD BOYS FROM CHICAGO.
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Mr. Person performed in Estes Park, Co 5/15/2010 at a free concert outside. The crowd was totally at awe!
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marilyn3013
You have a NEW FAN, wow, AWESOME Mr. Person, I love this
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I saw Houston playing in Beverly Hills at the A-frame house in the hills( they have jazz concerts there frequently and its very personal). This was my very first interduction to Jazz and WOW!!! is all I can say. He is amazing, and I dont think anyone can top it, Thanks Houston!
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oh yeaaaaaaaaaa a a a a !!
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They say he's the best kept secrect in jazz. His music uplifts me everytme I hear him. Thank you Mr. Person
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jrvinson45
One of my favorite tenor players - ever.

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