The early 1970s was a particularly fertile period for crossover instrumentals, in which top-notch jazz players, often with funky backing in part provided by electric instruments (keyboards, guitars, bass), essayed material that had ascended the rock, pop, and soul charts. Tenor player Houston Person (b. 1934) proved to be a superlative purveyor of the then-new crossover style, as his big-toned wailing was as ideally suited to interpreting hit tunes of the day by John Lennon, Smokey Robinson, Leon Russell, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Randy Newman as it was to taking on the challenges of a Thelonious Monk original. And, of course, Person could blow the blues with anyone--or authoritatively interpolate them into almost any setting. On Sweet Buns & Barbeque and Broken Windows, Empty Hallways, Person’s final two LPs discs for Prestige (both cut in 1972), he’s a magnificent featured soloist in front of a midsize band filled with the cream of the New York studio-jazz crop, arranged by Billy Ver Planck or Joe Beck, who’s also heard here on guitar. Don’t miss "Mr. Bojangles," wherein the remarkable feet of virtuoso tap dancer Bunny Briggs provide brilliant counterpoint.
with Joe Beck, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Caldwell, Ron Carter, George Duvivier, Ernie Hayes, Hugh McCracklin, Grady Tate, and others