Basics is an album by saxophonist Houston Person recorded in 1987 and released on the Muse label in 1989.
“Tenor saxophonist Houston Person has stuck to his singular musical path throughout his career, playing uncomplicated but soulful and swinging renditions of blues, ballads, and jazz standards for a couple decades, ignoring current (and usually short-lived) musical trends. For this set, he is joined by pianist Stan Hope, bassist Peter Martin Weiss, drummer Cecil Brooks III, and Ralph Dorsey on congas for six superior vintage tunes. When Person adds his soul to “What a Difference a Day Made,” “Stormy Weather,” or “Some Other Spring,” the songs sound brand new and almost as if they were written for him. Recommended.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.
“What a Diff’rence a Day Made” (María Grever, Stanley Adams) − 7:29
“Stormy Weather” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) − 8:49
“St. Thomas” (Sonny Rollins) − 5:38
“Some Other Spring” (Arthur Herzog Jr., Irene Kitchings) − 7:51
“Time After Time” (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn) − 7:34
“Sweet Slumber” (Lucky Millinder, Al J. Neiburg, Henri Woode) − 8:00
“Triste” (Antônio Carlos Jobim) − 8:36
Houston Person − tenor saxophone
Stan Hope − piano
Peter Martin Weiss − bass
Cecil Brooks III − drums
Ralph Dorsey − congas, percussion
Recorded: October 12, 1987
Studio: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Producer: Houston Person
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