Christmas with Houston Person & Etta Jones

Christmas with Houston Person & Etta Jones

by Houston Person
     
 
Tired of those bland Christmas jazz records that fail to capture the emotion and fervor of the season? Looking for an album that puts heart and soul into this momentous holiday? Then look no further than this album by Etta Jones and Houston Person (neither of whom are on all cuts) and other musicians who also not only want to play these songs for their holiday value,

Overview

Tired of those bland Christmas jazz records that fail to capture the emotion and fervor of the season? Looking for an album that puts heart and soul into this momentous holiday? Then look no further than this album by Etta Jones and Houston Person (neither of whom are on all cuts) and other musicians who also not only want to play these songs for their holiday value, but for their musical value as well. With Jones' blues- and R&B-inflected vocal delivery, coupled with the sensuous and passionate sax of Person, this CD turns out to be one of the more attractive jazz Christmas albums extant. Instead of a sugar-coated version of the king of all Christmas pop tunes, "White Christmas," Jones and the trio of Horace Ott, Wilbur Bascomb, and Cecil Brooks III take this tune down a gently swinging lane. Peter Martin Weiss' bass and Stan Hope's piano are featured on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and demonstrate that even a religious Christmas carol offers improvisational opportunities without detracting from the carol's solemn message. With Randy Johnson's rangy guitar kicking it off, Jones knocks the stuffings out of "Merry Christmas Baby" with her blues-soaked delivery, as the front line of Bill Easley and Johnny Coles make this a true jazz offering whose theme just happens to be a Yuletide one. But the album's pièce de résistance is Jones' rendition, complete with catch in the voice, of one of the saddest, most forlorn of all Christmas tunes, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" from World War II. This is one of those albums where it's best to listen with heavily spiked egg nog or another favorite alcoholic bracer.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/1997
Label:
32. Jazz Records
UPC:
0604123293426
catalogNumber:
32034

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Houston Person   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Brooks   Drums
Johnny Coles   Flugelhorn
Bill Easley   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Etta Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Stan Hope   Piano
Randy Johnston   Guitar
George Devens   Vibes
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Horace Ott   Keyboards
Chip White   Drums
Peter Martin Weiss   Bass
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass

Technical Credits

Houston Person   Arranger,Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer,Liner Notes
Kim Gannon   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Walter Kent   Composer
Tony Viamontes   Engineer
Robert Wells   Composer
Nancy Dwyer   Art Direction
Page Simon   Art Direction
Lou Baxter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer

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