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Houston Person: Lost and Found

Originally produced for Muse by the diligent tenor saxophonist, Houston Person, these now appear as part of a series produced, “by Joel Dorn for the Masked Announcer.”

The first is “the best buy,” for it contains not only the 1977 material issued on LP as “Wildflower,” but also an overlooked 1991 session that united Person with Charles Brown, the late Red Callender, Danny Caron on guitar and Gaylord Birch on drums. A couple of sage estimates by Callender, that superior bassist, are quoted in the notes. Of Person he says, “He’s a player who doesn’t try to prove anything, but by doing that, he does prove something.” Of the other main protagonist, this: “I’ve known him for years. Charles Brown is a piano player who sings,” which he does on “No Denial Blues,” “Never Let Me Go,” “Sweet Slumber” and “When I’m Not With You” very effectively. His piano, too, contrasts engagingly with Person’s tough, declamatory statements. On the “Wildflower” numbers, there are solos by Bill Hardman (trumpet) and Billy Ponder (guitar), as well as good support for Person-especially on “Dameron”-by Sonny Phillips (organ) and Idris Muhammad (drums).

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