Mark 29 and 30 July in your diaries... they make for a couple of chances to catch one of the most swinging soulfully bluesy jazz saxophone masters in the ideal circumstances of a small jazz club situation.
Now in his eighties Houston Person has more than 75 albums under his own name on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, Muse, and is currently with High Note Records. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, and many more.
His latest record is I’m Just a Lucky So and So, from which his version of ‘Willow Weep For Me’ can be heard above. I am shutting my eyes and recalling the Dexter Gordon version on Our Man in Paris and this stands up big time with to my mind the best version of the standard. The record is released on High Note at the end of this month. Hear HP with his organ trio at Pizza Express Jazz Club, London. One to relish! You only really learn deep down as a player and/or as a listener by hearing and experiencing the masters live. Tickets.
Monk inspires Zac Gvi
Pianist Zac Gvi returns this summer with a smart new Thelonious Monk-themed album on the F-IRE label.
Called Monk Spent Youth it features Ben Davis (cello), Fred Thomas (drums, bass, prepared piano) and Gvi on piano, bass clarinet, organ, toy piano. The album was recorded by Alex Bonney at Greenway Studios and Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead, and mixed and mastered by Bonney. The launch will be on 13 August at the Vortex in London.
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