Recorded four months apart in 1967, Chocomotive and Trust in Me, which are joined herein, were the second and third albums made by tenor saxophonist Houston Person for Prestige Records. Person (b. 1934) is best known for the popular group he leads featuring singer Etta James, his longtime musical partner. A robust swinger and blue balladeer par excellence in the tradition of Gene Ammons, Person shows off both sides in a program of soul jazz, bebop, and pop tunes, including such underplayed worthies as "You're Gonna Hear from Me" and "Hey There." The boss tenor is backed by two top-flight rhythm sections, both of them keyed by the redoubtable pianist Cedar Walton (who also composed two numbers for Chocomotive, including the train-time title cut). Bob Cranshaw and Paul Chambers share the bass slot with characteristic distinction. And of special note is that on the Chocomotive session Alan Dawson, one the giants of jazz drumming, proves his mettle on vibes.
with Paul Chambers, Bob Cranshaw, Alan Dawson, Ralph Dorsey, Frankie Jones, Lenny McBrowne, Cedar Walton