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Stan Hope: Put On a Happy Face

This is an amiable and unremarkable piano trio session, with Houston Person sitting in on tenor saxophone on three numbers. It is a conscientious project, with clean sound (engineering, mixing and mastering by Rudy Van Gelder) and impeccable support from bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Kenny Washington. In his three appearances, Person sounds a little like every soul saxophonist you’ve ever heard. Yet his voluptuous middle register and suavely confident obbligato lend credence to his every utterance, making you crave more soul saxophone.

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