Friday, 28 August 2009

Houston Person ”The Real Thing”

Houston Person

The Real Thing
( Double LP Eastbound /Janus Records, 1973 )
Catalog # EB-9010

A-1 You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
A-2 Since I Fell For You
A-3 Until It’s Time For You To Go
B-1 Pain
B-2 Angel Eyes
C-1 Easy Walker
C-2 Kittitian Carnival
C-3 Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
D-1 Where Is The Love?
D-2 Medley: Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do – Don’t Go Strangers
D-3 Crazy Legs
Bonus Track : Lester Leaps In (Live at Watts Club Mozambique – 15:05)

Personnel & Credits:
Marcus Belgrave (tp on B-1, C-2, C-3, D-3),
Donald Townes (tp on C-2),
Eli Fountain (as on C-2),
Houston Person (ts on all tracks),
Wild Bill Moore (ts on C-2),
Jimmy Watson (org on A-1, A-2, D-1, D-2),
Sonny Phillips (org on A-3, B-1, C-1, C-2, C-3, D-3),
Brother Jack McDuff (org on B-2),
Grant Green (g on A-2, B-1, B-2, C-1, C-3, D-3),
Robert Lowe (g on A-1, A-3, B-1, C-2, C-3, D-2, D-3),
James Jamieson (b on B-1, C-3, D-3),
Hank Brown (ds on A-1, A-2, A-3, C-2, D-1, D-2),
Idris Muhammad (ds on B-1, B-2, C-1, C-3, D-3),
Buddy Caldwell (conga/tambourine on A-1, B-1, C-2, C-3, D-1, D-2),
Etta Jones (vo on D-2),
Spanky Wilson (vo on A-3).

Recorded at the Watts Club Mozambique, Detroit, MI on March 14-15, 1973.
Produced by Bob Porter for Eastbound Records, Inc.
Engineers: Chuck Buchanan, assisted by Marty Jakubowski.
Remix Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Mastering: Howard Craft.
Thanks to Celo for this gem!

Covers here.

The leader Houston Person plays very dirty, mellow and soulful tenor sax, while the amazing drummer Idris Muhammad doing the funky funky stuffs. Luckily, Idris Muhammad’s awesome drumming is featured on five out of six tracks which features Grant Green on guitar (on the rest track “Since I Fell For You”, Hank Brown replaces Muhammad – I feel Hank’s drumming sounds rather steady, though). Comparing individual characteristics among three different organists (Jimmy Watson, Sonny Phillips and Jack McDuff) is also interesting. Anyway, this double LP is highly recommended for anyone who like Souly and Funky Jazz music of the late 1960s – early 1970s.

Nota: Grazie a Celo che ha miracolosamente reperito questa rarità. Fate caso qui al prezzo del doppio LP in questione… E MFS è orgoglioso nel presentarvelo. Per me questo disco è il massimo, perchè riunisce molti dei miei ”idoli” in un doppio LP entusiasmante. E allora, come dicevamo tre anni fa quando siamo partiti… ”Buon Ascolto!”

By Pier


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From B3 said...

If you’d like some more background I did an interview with and wrote a piece about Houston Person here: and

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