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.
Gianluigi Trovesi and Gianni Coscia, La misteriosa musica della Regina Loana, ECM ***
Dedicated to Umberto Eco, a friend of accordionist Gianni Coscia, Eco’s 2004 novel The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana inspired reedist Trovesi and Coscia on this new record just released. A very gentle, very Italian, and sentimental album (the inclusion of ‘As Time Goes By’ and ‘Moonlight Serenade’ practically guarantees reverie) and you certainly get the carefree and playful gist pretty quickly although Trovesi’s reputation as an avant gardist and the anarchic sounds off you occasionally hear ornamenting a solo line or two apply a sprinkle of welcome salt. Two friends enjoying themselves, then: paying tribute to a departed, if world famous, literary pal with a lot of love and affection. SG
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