Eric Person Releases New CDs, Readies for European Tour


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Saxophonist, composer and St. Louis native Eric Person has just released his latest CD The Grand Illusion (pictured) via his own Distinction Records label.

Recorded with his electric band Metamorphosis, the disc is Person's eighth CD as a leader. The Grand Illusion features 13 original compositions in what Person calls his “rhythm and groove" style, and is available through online retailer CD Baby.

In addition to Person on saxophones and flute, musicians performing on the CD include guitarist Cary DeNigris, bass players Chulo Gatewood and the late Bob Bowen; keyboard player Zaccai Curtis and drummer Brandon Lewis. Calling it “the next logical step from my last CD Rhythm Edge," Person said that The Grand Illusion “is the musical statement I have wanted to make for years."

Besides his work as a leader, Person has performed and recorded with major jazz musicians such as McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Chico Hamilton, John Hicks and the World Saxophone Quartet, as well as with rock, funk and world music performers including Vernon Reid, Ben Harper, Ofra Haza and Bootsy Collins.

One of the saxophonist's other projects, a collective called Moon Pool, also recently released their debut recording on Person's label. The CD, called Eclipse, “features a lot of music that was composed right in the studio," says Person. Moon Pool also includes pianist Marc Puricelli, bassist Gene Torres, and drummer Jim Payne, and promotional material for the CD describes their sound as “open sided eclectic groove that's part jazz, funk, soul and jam." Eclipse (pictured) is available now via CD Baby.

In related news, Person will do two shows at the Blue Note jazz club in NYC next Monday, November 1 to celebrate the release of The Grand Illusion. He'll then begin preparing for an upcoming trip to Belgium, where he'll be performing club dates and concerts and doing master classes with his jazz ensemble Meta-Four from December 1㬆.

(Edited after posting to correct the date of the Blue Note performances.)

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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