The Way We Were

The Way We Were

by Houston PersonHouston Person


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Etta Jones could flat-out sing, and she never failed to make the blues, jazz, and Great American Songbook standards she sang her own, especially in her many collaborations with tenor saxophonist Houston Person, who was as sympathetic a player as any singer could ever hope for -- Jones and Person simply clicked and understood each other as a duo. This joyous set was recorded live April 15, 2000 (a little more than a year away from Jones' death in the fall of 2001) at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, and features Jones and Person with the help of pianist Stan Hope, bassist George Kaye, and drummer Chip White. Jones sings with vitality and poise, transforming Gershwin's "Oh, Lady Be Good" from a jazz standard into a flowing blues, making old chestnuts like "What a Wonderful World" and "Don't Go to Strangers" shine anew with a poignant wisdom. This set is both a pleasant listen and a fun archival recording -- it captures Jones and Person at their best in front of a nimble and flexible rhythm section.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2011
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375719722
catalogNumber: 757197
Rank: 120514

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Houston Person   Producer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
B. Russell   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
R. Evans   Composer
C. Conrad   Composer
W. Hirsch   Composer
J Alvarez   Composer

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