Eric Person, saxophone
Adam Klipple, keyboards
Adam Armstrong, bass
Shinnosuke Takahashi, drums
Saxophonist and Composer Eric Person left his native St.Louis in 1982 looking to see what the New York City jazz scene had to offer. His first gig was performing with the John Hicks Big Band and everything took off from there. Person performed among a diverse array of jazz artists such as Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, World Saxophone Quartet, Dave Douglas, Donald Byrd, Houston Person, Ronald Shannon Jackson and many others. He's also been featured with rock and funk icons Vernon Reid, Ben Harper, and Bootsy Collins.
In 1983 drummer Chico Hamilton gave Eric his first opportunity to play with a jazz legend. After auditioning for Chico, Eric joined his band and set out performing in clubs in and around New York City. Eric recorded six CD's with Chico.
1993 Person released the first of three CD's on Soul Note Records. His debut release titled "Arrival" was followed by "Prophecy" and "More Tales to Tell" all garnered great reviews from the critics.
From 1994-97 Person was a pivotal member of the Dave Holland Quartet, which toured throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. The band's success culminated in the classic recording on ECM Records, Dream of the Elders. In 1997 Person contributed to Ben Harper's gold status CD The Will to Live, and he appears in the documentary Pleasure and Pain, where he performs at London's Royal Albert Hall. That same year many noticed Person in the documentary, Blue Note: A Story Of Modern Jazz.
Person is also a leader with eight CD's to his name. His latest CD; The Grand illusion (2010), was reviewed by critic Donald Elfman of All About Jazz who declared that "Eric Person seems to find something new to say and a different direction to follow with every project he undertakes ... the music seems daring at this time..."
In Jazztimes, Critic Bill Milkowski reviewing his Rhythm Edge CD (2007) called Person "a risk-taking improviser, accomplished composer and inveterate swinger."
Critic Russ Musto of All About Jazz Magazine while reviewing Live at Big Sur (2002) said "Person is more then fine; he's a major talent of his generation."
Since the mid-80's Person has led various projects on stages across the USA, Canada, and Europe. He's collaborated with other musicians to form three important collectives: Sources, Moon Pool and the latest TrioKinesis. He features his composing, arranging and energetic improvisations in his Meta-Four.
Tonights performance will feature Eric and his electric band Metamorphosis. It features the dynamic keyboard work of Adam Klipple. The rhythmic and harmonically open Adam Armstrong. And drummer Shinnosuke Takahashi who's never out of place in the groove.
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