Friday, December 9, 2016

Houston Person - 1969 - Goodness!


01. Hey Driver! 5:30
02. Goodness 9:20
03. Brother H 4:30
04. Hard Times 6:10
05. Jamilah 5:30
06. Close Your Eyes 6:25

Bass – Bob Bushnell
Congas – Buddy Caldwell
Drums – Frankie Jones
Guitar – Billy Butler
Organ – Sonny Phillips
Saxophone [Tenor] – Houston Person

Tenor saxophonist Houston Person was still a relatively new name at the time he recorded this set, his sixth session for Prestige. The funky music (which includes the hit title song) emphasizes boogaloos, danceable rhythms and repetitious vamps set down by the rhythm section (organist Sonny Phillips, guitarist Billy Butler, electric bassist Bob Bushnell, drummer Frankie Jones and Buddy Caldwell on congas), but it is primarily Person's passionate tenor solos that will come the closest to holding on to the attention of jazz listeners. The music is generally quite commercial and is certainly not recommended to bebop purists, although it has some strong moments. But overall these performances succeed more as background music than as creative jazz.

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