COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Houston Person

JOE ALTERMAN, GEORGIA SUNSET

Pianist Joe Alterman is a preternaturally gifted musician who, at 26, seems to have absorbed the soulful style of Ahmad Jamal and Ramsey Lewis without impinging on his own tasteful straight-ahead arrangements of easy listening standards. Continue reading

BARBARA MORRISON, I LOVE YOU, YES I DO

An irresistible jazz and blues singer, Los Angeles-based Barbara Morrison follows up last year’s A Sunday Kind Of Love (Savant) with a looser and superior effort, I Love You, Yes I Do, that cements her status as one of the best song stylists of the day. Once again, she’s produced and joined by grand tenor saxophonist Houston Person, who mixes things up by pairing Morrison with her LA trio featuring the sparkling pianist Stuart Elster, bassist Richard Simon and Lee Spath on drums. The set list has a deliberate gospel tinge – even The Beatles’ “And I Love Him” suggests a higher power — yet Morrison’s bluesy, swinging delivery, a combination of grit and poetry, make renditions of “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “Trust In Me” and the title track absolutely stellar. She’s intrepid enough to weave songs from the 40’s to the 70’s with an authoritative confidence and her black-tie accompaniment kills with a combination of professional elegance and gutsy lyricism. You’ll adore Morrison and company’s takes on “Save Your Love For Me” and the Eisley’s “For The Love Of You,” but there’s more to love when Morrison digs into less familiar material. (12 tracks; 59 minutes)

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