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Album Review

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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Album Review

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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Album Review

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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Album Review

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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Interview

Q&A with Saxophonist Eric Person

Read "Q&A with Saxophonist Eric Person" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt


Although you recorded “live" before ( Live At Greenwich House and Live at Caravan of Dreams both with Ronald Shannon Jackson) this is your first live recording. How was the process different being a leader?

Eric Person: Everything is different when you are the leader. It's a lot of weight on your shoulders. People looking at you for things, instead of others. With the Shannon Jackson “live" recordings, I was a sideman, and a young one at that, ...

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Album Review

Eric Person & Meta-Four: Extra Pressure

Read "Extra Pressure" reviewed by Derek Taylor


What are the exact parameters of post bop? For a term that’s trundled about as frequently as this one there’s a decided lack of consensus as to its meaning. The phrase itself isn’t much help. ‘After bop’ covers basically everything that followed and arose out of bebop’s beginnings over a half-century ago. Further narrowing reveals that post bop music has connections to bebop but in some way has moved beyond the original boundaries of the music. By this broad definition ...


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