Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Houston Person ''The Nearness Of You''

Houston Person

''The Nearness Of You''
( LP Muse Records, 1978 )
Catalog # MR5178

A1 Pretty Please
A2 Please Mr. Person
A3 I Hope I Can Love Again
B1 Freddie The Freeloader
B2 The Nearness OF You
B3 Mean To Me

Personnel & Credits:
Mervin Bronson Bass
Charles Earland Organ
Etta Jones Vocals
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Lawrence Killian Percussion
Houston Person Sax (Tenor)
Sonny Phillips Piano (Electric)
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Grady Tate Drums

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album

A surprising charmer from Houston Person -- a record that steps off nicely from his more fully arranged sets on Mercury, and which serves up the same sort of a groove with a looser indie feel! The album kicks off with the wonderful 8 minute stepper "Pretty Please" -- a snapping midtempo groove with a sweet slick feel -- served up by a group that includes Melvin Sparks, Charles Earland, Virgil Jones, and Grady Tate doing some excellent work on drums. Sonny Phillips electrifies the tune with just the right amount of electric piano -- making the track a wonderful soulful dancer. Etta Jones joins the group for the catchy "Please Mr Person" -- taking them back into an older soul jazz mode, which continues in a nicely laidback vein on tracks that include "Mean To Me", "Freddie Freeloader", and "I Hope I Can Love Again".
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The soulful and always-swinging tenor Houston Person is in typically fine form on this enjoyable LP (not yet reissued on CD). Joined by trumpeter Virgil Jones, guitarist Melvin Sparks, organist Charles Earland, Sonny Phillips on electric piano, bassist Mervyn Bronson, drummer Grady Tate and percussionist Lawrence Killian, Person explores such numbers as "Freddie the Freeloader" and "Mean to Me." Singer Etta Jones pops by for one song, the blues "Please Mr. Person" (based on "Please Mr. Johnson" by the Buddy Johnson band of the 1940s). A fun date.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

Courtesy of Lupo


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Lexify said...

Great! Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

Buono la Muse in quel periodo li valido

Spice said...

Sweet, been after this one for a while. THANK YOU!

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