Tenor sax man Houston Person has enjoyed a nice association with High Note Records for some years now. His latest CD finds him in a live performance in Paris, and very much blues drenched as usual. Adding to that approach are Ben Paterson, B3 organ; Peter Bernstein, guitar; and Willie Jones III, drums. True to that R&B spirit, Person chooses tunes like “Sunny”, “Since I Fell For You” and a steamy original, “Sweet Sucker”. He is also quite comfortable with a bossa feel on “Only Trust Your Heart” and bops with ease and pleasure on “Lester Leaps In”. His take on “The Way We Were” didn’t float my boat but only because of its association with a certain singer that never resonated for me. Person might be compared to sax stars such as Gene Ammons or Stanley Turrentine from a standpoint of bluesy feeling in most of what they do. If that style is where you hang your hat, then this CD will most assuredly be an entrée for you.
High Note; 2021; appx. 59 min.