When you have jazz legends, Houston Person, among the last of the old school big toned tenors, teamed with bass titan, Ron Carter, whose impeccable bass lines have graced five decades of jazz history – and you record these masters in the legendary Van Gelder Studio with Rudy handling all the engineering, recording and mastering duties – then you have the recipe for success. More aptly, you have the guarantee of a classic duo recording. You cap your investment by choosing classic standards by the likes of Irving Berlin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Antonio Jobim, and Oscar Hammerstein.
What would be a pedestrian session in less capable hands becomes sonic pleasure. Person gives soulful renditions of these chestnuts and Carter’s walking bass lines and spot-perfect accompaniment lifts each track to a blissful listening experience. Last year’s Houston Person and Bill Charlap High Note duo recording was high on my “best of ” list. Now Houston is back with another masterpiece, taking a more central role backed by the perfect bassist for a duo recording. Rudy Van Gelder’s recording expertise allows for an “in the studio” ambience. Bravo!
Tracklist: How Deep is the Ocean, You’ve Changed, Blueberry Hill, Darn That Dream, Meditation, Lover Man, Lover Come Back to Me, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Always, Alone Together
– Jeff Krow