egroj world: Houston Person • Mellow

miércoles, 24 de abril de 2019

Houston Person • Mellow

Review by Michael G. Nastos
Not all mellow, Houston Person's tribute to the softer side of jazz has its moments based on the laid-back timbre of his soul rather than a program consisting of only ballads. The tenor sax he wields certainly reflects the tradition established by Ben Webster in its soul-drenched tone, but is not as vocally pronounced or vibrato-driven. The quite capable pianist John Di Martino is the one whose more enunciated notions are harnessed, while tasteful guitar by the underrated James Chirillo rings out in acceptance of Person's embraceable hues. In a program of standards and two blues jams, Person rounds into shape this quintet of true professionals to render themes that are harder to play slow than fast. The slower material includes the regretful, throaty ballad "Too Late Now," the totally restrained "To Each His Own," a poignant "Two Different Worlds," and the deep, mature take of "God Bless the Child." Ever cognizant of blue moods, Person is masterful in expressing his innermost heartfelt feelings, as on the easy swinger and obvious choice for this date, Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone." Then there's "Blues in the A.M.," a basic jam with Ray Drummond's bass leading out with drummer Lewis Nash in an uptown style as Chirillo's guitar states its wise, sophisticated case. The most upbeat number is the closer, the fast hard bop three-minute quickie "Lester Leaps In," while in midtempo form, the opener, Bobby Hebb's "Sunny," is a typical choice. Conversely, the usual ballad "Who Can I Turn To?" is a bit amped up. Di Martino and Chirillo are known to kick things up several notches, but here are great tastemakers who fully understand Person's persona and growing importance as one who prefers an understated approach. That's not to say this marvelous tenor saxophonist has depreciated his talent as an adept technician, but at this point in his career he prefers this music on the mellow side, and has no problem staying interested in that mood, no matter the tempo.


Review by Michael G. Nastos
No todo el mellow, Houston Person's tribute to the softer side of jazz tiene sus tiempos basados ​​en el timbre de su alma en lugar de un programa de escucha de sólo bolas. El tenor sax he wields significa que la tradición establecida por Ben Webster en su soul-drenched tone, but is not a vocally pronounced or vibrato-driven. El pianista muy capaz John Di Martino es el que tiene nociones más enunciados se potencian, mientras que la guitarra buen gusto por el subestimado James Chirillo resuena en la aceptación de matices abarcables de la persona. En un programa de estándares y dos blues jams, Person ronda en forma de este quintet de true profesionales para rendir los temas que son difíciles de reproducir en un tiempo lento. En el caso de que se trate de una película de ficción o de ficción, el personaje de la saga de la saga de la saga Crepúsculo. "En el Mellow Tone", en el Mellow Tone. "En el Mellow Tone, Duke Ellington", en el Mellow Tone. En el caso de que se trate de "Blues in the A.M.," a basic jam con Ray Drummond's bass a cabo con el rebrote de Lewis Nash en un ascenso de estilo a las Chirillo's de los Estados Unidos. "El número más alto es el rápido, el rápido rápido bop de tres minutos quickie" Lester Leaps In, "mientras que en el midtempo form, el opener, Bobby Hebb's" Sunny, "es una típica opción. La canción de la canción "Who Can I Turn To?" es a bit amped up. Di Martino y Chirillo se conocen como las cosas más altas, pero aquí son grandes tastemakers que cumplen el personaje de la persona y el crecimiento de sus creadores. En el caso de que se trate de una persona que no sea de su agrado, no se deje engañar a los demás.

Discogs ...  

1 Sunny    
2 Too Late Now    
3 In A Mellow Tone    
4 To Each His Own    
5 What A Difference A Day Made    
6 Two Different Worlds    
7 Blues In The A.M.    
8 Who Can I Turn To?    
9 God Bless The Child    
10 Lester Leaps In    

    Bass – Ray Drummond
    Design – Keiji Obata
    Drums – Lewis Nash
    Engineer [Assistant] – Maureen Sickler
    Engineer, Mixed By, Mastered By – Rudy Van Gelder
    Executive Producer – Joe Fields
    Guitar – James Chirillo
    Piano – John Di Martino
    Producer – Houston Person
    Tenor Saxophone – Houston Person

Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio
Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Recording Date: June 23, 2009

Label: HighNote Records, Inc. ‎– HCD 7206
Released: 2009
Genre: Jazz

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5 comentarios:

  1. wow, parece ser un muy buen disco para comenzar a escuchar el día de mañana. Buena noches desde Aguascalientes, México, saludos afectuosos