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Eric Person: Blue Vision

Read "Blue Vision" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What are the odds that a Person who plays jazz saxophone would meet another Person who plays jazz saxophone, that they would become fast friends and find they were so musically compatible that they would not only perform together but decide to record an album featuring their two horns as the front line? Meet alto saxophonist Eric Person who in 2009 performed onstage for the first time with tenor saxophonist Houston Person, his senior by almost three decades but someone ...

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Eric Person: Blue Vision

Read "Blue Vision" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A veteran of Chico Hamilton, Dave Holland, and The World Saxophone Quartet, saxophonist Eric Person knows a sweet gig when he plays one. This well earned and hard earned knowledge unequivocally guarantees that Blue Vision, Person's soulful homage to late night organ trios, church, and sax legendHouston Person, is about as cool a blue session that you'll hear any time in the near future. Blue Vision has one wafting in and out of the daily routine then returning ...

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Eric Person: Thoughts on God

Read "Thoughts on God" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Revered saxophonist Eric Person parlays God's message via the jazz vernacular, his spiritual ascension and unbridled fortitude equating to one of the finest modern jazz outings of 2012. Here, Person interlinks the Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus connection, branded by his personalization of the jazz idiom, teeming with impressive compositions and inspiring arrangements. Tinted by a little big band sound, bop, and jaunty soloing extravaganzas by the thirteen-piece ensemble, the musicians wind down a few notches on “"Never Far From ...

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Eric Person: Rhythm Edge

Read "Rhythm Edge" reviewed by Fred Bouchard

This fleet suite of 78 minutes fans out like a brilliant kaleidoscope of musical events, dovetailing thematic ideas and playful brief solos. After an elastic spooky turn on the Jerome Kern classic “Yesterday," a panoply of 13 originals leads down merry paths of ear-tweaking modes and startling arpeggiated lines at rattlingly good but often-shifting tempos. Rhythm Edge impresses with top-notch musicianship but always keeps you guessing. Who is this charmed and charming Person and what is his ...

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Chris Joris - Bob Stewart: Rainbow Country

Read "Rainbow Country" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La De Werf è una label indipendente belga, impostasi all’attenzione del pubblico europeo grazie a scelte coraggiose e lungimiranti. Jazz d’avanguardia, proposte orchestrali; rigorose commistioni di generi; meditati incontri tra i grandi nomi del jazz statunitense con i talenti locali. Sono queste le carte vincenti di un catalogo tutto da scoprire, i cui alfieri più noti sono Nathalie Loriers, Ben Sluijs e la Brussel Jazz Orchestra. Tra le nuove proposte della De Werf, si segnala la superba collaborazione discografica tra ...

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Eric Person: Reflections: The Best of Collection

Read "Reflections: The Best of Collection" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Reflections is an enjoyable selection of saxophonist Eric Person's music from 1993 to 2003, culled from five CDs, plus three previously unreleased tracks recorded at the 1998 Texaco Jazz Festival. All the pieces showcase Person's impeccable chops, which combined with his warmth, intelligence, and wry humor, make him a very special talent indeed. There's not a false note on the whole collection, but several songs in particular stand out. “Perfection" has an angular melody and unique conception; Person's ...

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Eric Person: Eric Person And Meta-Four: Live at Big Sur

Read "Eric Person And Meta-Four: Live at Big Sur" reviewed by Russ Musto

Live concert recordings have always been a particularly effective medium for jazz, encouraging extended improvisation that can often be inhibited in the studio. When the cohesive working unit being recorded is Eric Person's Meta-Four, their performance can benefit from an enthusiastic audience. Such is the case with this enjoyable disc recorded last year at the seventh annual Big Sur Jazz Festival. Person's broad range of experience with drummers Chico Hamilton, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Ronnie Burrage, the ...


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