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Mellow

Mellow

by Houston Person
     
 
Not all mellow, Houston Person's tribute to the softer side of jazz has its moments based on the laid-back timbre of his soul rather than a program consisting of only ballads. The tenor sax he wields certainly reflects the tradition established by Ben Webster in its soul-drenched tone, but is not as vocally pronounced or vibrato-driven.

Overview

Not all mellow, Houston Person's tribute to the softer side of jazz has its moments based on the laid-back timbre of his soul rather than a program consisting of only ballads. The tenor sax he wields certainly reflects the tradition established by Ben Webster in its soul-drenched tone, but is not as vocally pronounced or vibrato-driven. The quite capable pianist John Di Martino is the one whose more enunciated notions are harnessed, while tasteful guitar by the underrated James Chirillo rings out in acceptance of Person's embraceable hues. In a program of standards and two blues jams, Person rounds into shape this quintet of true professionals to render themes that are harder to play slow than fast. The slower material includes the regretful, throaty ballad "Too Late Now," the totally restrained "To Each His Own," a poignant "Two Different Worlds," and the deep, mature take of "God Bless the Child." Ever cognizant of blue moods, Person is masterful in expressing his innermost heartfelt feelings, as on the easy swinger and obvious choice for this date, Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone." Then there's "Blues in the A.M.," a basic jam with Ray Drummond's bass leading out with drummer Lewis Nash in an uptown style as Chirillo's guitar states its wise, sophisticated case. The most upbeat number is the closer, the fast hard bop three-minute quickie "Lester Leaps In," while in midtempo form, the opener, Bobby Hebb's "Sunny," is a typical choice. Conversely, the usual ballad "Who Can I Turn To?" is a bit amped up. Di Martino and Chirillo are known to kick things up several notches, but here are great tastemakers who fully understand Person's persona and growing importance as one who prefers an understated approach. That's not to say this marvelous tenor saxophonist has depreciated his talent as an adept technician, but at this point in his career he prefers this music on the mellow side, and has no problem staying interested in that mood, no matter the tempo.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
Label:
Highnote
UPC:
0632375720629
catalogNumber:
7206

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Houston Person   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Drummond   Bass
Lewis Nash   Drums
James Chirillo   Guitar
John Di Martino   Piano
John Di Martino Quartet   Piano

Technical Credits

Houston Person   Producer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Sid Gribetz   Liner Notes
H. Person   Composer
M. Grever   Composer
S. Adams   Composer
S. Wayne   Composer
L. Young   Composer

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