Two of Houston Person's finest 1970s albums for Prestige, Person to Person! and Houston Express, are combined here for the label's Legends of Acid Jazz series. Now that British and, finally, U.S. hipsters alike are grooving to the sounds and samples of the Sixties and Seventies, it is only fitting that this funkmaster general of the tenor saxophone gets his due. On such tracks as "Up at Joe's, Down at Jim's," a swinging, Latinate take on Stevie Wonder's "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday," and the roaring "Houston Express," the accessible, engaging Person carried forward the big-hearted tradition of Illinois Jacquet and Lester Young. Aided and abetted by the cream of that period's players, including Grant Green, Thad Jones, and Gerry Jemmott, Person fashioned timeless music of drive, heart, and danceability.
with Cecil Bridgewater, Garnett Brown, Billy Butler, Grant Green, Thad Jones, Virgil Jones, Idris Muhammad, Sonny Phillips, Bernard Purdie, Ernie Royal, Harold Vick, and others