227

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

By

Sign in to view read count
Eric Person: Eric Person And Meta-Four: Live at Big Sur 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 big bands of John Hicks, David Murray and McCoy Tyner and with Dave Holland's quintet and the World Saxophone Quartet have contributed greatly to his mature alto and soprano sound and skills as an arranger and composer. Here he presents an impressive program of originals, ably assisted by his longtime pianist partner John Esposito and more recent Meta-Four members bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Peter O'Brien.

The opening Spanish-tinged “Magenta,” written when he was only 18, recorded here for the first time, is an exciting outing featuring the leader's soprano and Esposito's Tyner-inspired piano. “Tiger In The Maze,” first recorded on 1992’s Arrival showcases the leader's alto, Bartzish in its broad biting tone, but Braxtonian in its almost mathematical precision. “Special Someone”, previously recorded on 1999's Extra Pressure is a beautiful ballad, built on an oriental motif. Here Person's soprano compositional style are reminiscent of Wayne Shorter. “Reach!” is a funky number featuring Davis' electric bass underneath the leader's soulful Kenny Garrett-like alto.

The second half of the set features reprises of two compositions, “Survival Instincts” and “Issues, Yours Not Mine,” from Person's More Tales To Tell (which featured bass clarinet bassoon, flute and guitar); and a spirited new tune, “I'll Be Fine.” Person is more than fine; he is a major talent of his generation. Although he's been somewhat overlooked by the critical establishment, if he continues to produce work of the quality exhibited here, that will soon be remedied.


Track Listing: 1. Leroy Downs Speaks 0:23 2. Magenta 9:16 3. Tiger in the Maze 9:09 4. Special Somone 9:10 5. Reach! 7:32 6. Announcement 0:31 7. Survival Instincts 12:41 8. I'll Be Just Fine 6:23 9. Issues, Yours Not Mine 11:55

Personnel: Kenny Davis - 5-string Bass; Eric Person - Alto Sax, Soprano Sax; John Esposito - Piano; Peter O'Brien - Drums.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Distinction | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Nomade Orquestra" CD/LP/Track Review Nomade Orquestra
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "Dancing Our Way To Death" CD/LP/Track Review Dancing Our Way To Death
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 16, 2016
Read "Negative Spaces" CD/LP/Track Review Negative Spaces
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 20, 2016
Read "Ugly Beauty" CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beauty
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 9, 2016
Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" CD/LP/Track Review A Tribute to Herbie +1
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 5, 2016
Read "Kucheza" CD/LP/Track Review Kucheza
by Chris Mosey
Published: January 12, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!