In a Sentimental Mood

In a Sentimental Mood

by Houston PersonHouston Person


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Houston Person is an excellent, underrated tenor saxophonist with a full, rich tone and a knack for well-constructed, tasteful, but never boring solos. That said, he's occasionally guilty of giving the people what they want, releasing smooth and conservative albums that are perfectly enjoyable to listen to, but somewhat beneath what he's capable of. 2000's In a Sentimental Mood is exactly that; this collection of standards features some excellent performances of classic ballads, but it's all so polite that it's hard to see the set as anything more than better-than-average background music. Foregoing his usual organ accompaniment, Person teams up with pianist Stan Hope, standup bassist George Kaye, and drummer Chip White for a classic piano trio-plus-sax lineup, and the song selection is undeniable: you just can't go wrong with tunes like "My Funny Valentine," "All the Things You Are," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." Yet there are so few risks taken on In a Sentimental Mood that one doesn't even have to listen to the album; anyone who knows these songs and Houston Person's characteristic sound already knows what this album sounds like. It sounds terrific, but it's hard not to want more.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2000
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375706029
catalogNumber: 757060
Rank: 103587

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Houston Person   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Stan Hope   Piano
Chip White   Drums
George Kaye   Bass

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Houston Person   Producer,Liner Notes
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Hal Wilson   Art Direction
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer

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