Friday, 28 August 2009

Houston Person ”Goodness!”

Houston Person

( LP Prestige Records, 1969 )
Catalog # PR 10027
Reissue of Prestige PR 7678

Personnel & Notes:
Houston Person (ts)
Sonny Phillips (org)
Billy Butler (g)
Bob Bushnell (el-b)
Frankie Jones (d)
Buddy Caldwell (cga)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 25, 1969

1. Hey Driver!
2. Goodness
3. Brother H.
4. Hard Times
5. Jamilah
6. Close Your Eyes

A great little record — one of Houston’s most successful for Prestige! The album follows strongly in that late 60s pre-funk mode that Prestige was cooking up — tight and groovy, with electric bass dropped into the mix, electrifying things a bit, but still really just grooving in a souped-up 60s soul jazz mode. Houston rises to the style wonderfully — and the rest of the group include Sonny Phillips on organ, Billy Butler on guitar, and Buddy Caldwell who throws in some great conga work! Includes a nice boogaloo cut called “Hey Driver!”, with some chanted vocals by the band, plus the tracks “Hard Times” and “Jamilah”, which have a very nice groove!

By Pier

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