Houston Person


Trust In Me

  • Release Date: 14 Aug 2001
  • PRCD-24264-2

Recorded four months apart in 1967, Chocomotive and Trust in Me, which are joined herein, were the second and third albums made by tenor saxophonist Houston Person for Prestige Records. Person (b. 1934) is best known for the popular group he leads featuring singer Etta James, his longtime musical partner. A robust swinger and blue balladeer par excellence in the tradition of Gene Ammons, Person shows off both sides in a program of soul jazz, bebop, and pop tunes, including s… MORE


Whether playing blues, ballads, bebop, or boogaloos, tenor saxophonist Houston Person is instantly recognizable for his big, beefy tone and his… More

The early 1970s was a particularly fertile period for crossover instrumentals, in which top-notch jazz players, often with funky backing in part… More

with Babe Clark, Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Butler, Ernie Hayes, Gerry Jemmott, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Caldwell, Victor Paz, Hank Jones, Jimmy… More

Two of Houston Person's finest 1970s albums for Prestige, Person to Person! and Houston Express, are combined here for the… More

Houston Person's immersion in the subculture of organ-tenor saxophone groups made him an invisible man to jazz critics and other tastemakers who… More

Although none of the five LPs Houston Person recorded for Prestige prior to Goodness! had come close to being a hit, Bob Weinstock stuck… More


Houston Person


Ever since he recorded his first album as a leader, Underground Soul, for Prestige Records in 1966, big-tones tenor saxophonist Houston Person has been a standard-bearer of so-called soul jazz. His thoughtfully chosen repertoire of blues and ballads, popular and r&b standards, and compositions by fellow jazz instrumentalists aims to please the public and has helped keep Person in steady work, in clubs and concerts and on records.

Born in Florence, South Carolina in 1934, Person played piano before taking up tenor saxophone at age 17. After Army duty in Germany, where he played with such musicians as Don Ellis, Eddie Harris, and Cedar Walton, he studied at Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Person made his recording debut in 1965 on a Prestige album by organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith and, after forming his own band in the early Seventies, continued featuring organ players. In 1986, the saxophonist stopped using organists on the road and hired pianist Stan Hope, who’s been with him ever since.

Person, whose influences include Gene Ammons, Illinois Jacquet, Harold Land, Hank Mobley, and Sonny Stitt, has for many years booked his own gigs and produced his own records. Veteran jazz singer Etta Jones, best known for her 1960 hit “Don’t Go to Strangers” on Prestige, was the featured vocalist with Person’s combo from 1973 until her death in 2001. He produced numerous albums by Jones for the Muse and High Note labels, as well as discs for Ernie Andrews, Charles Brown Joey DeFrancesco, Charles Earland, Red Holloway, David “Fathead” Newman, Richard Wyands, and others.