- Eric Person
Eric Person (b.
1963, St. Louis, Missouricite book|last=Cook|first=Richard|authorlink=Richard Cook|coauthors=Brian Morton|title=The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|origyear=1992|edition=Eighth edition|year=2006|publisher= Penguin Group|location=London|language=English|isbn=978-0-141-0237-4|pages=pp. 1048-1049] ) is an alto and soprano saxophoneplayer and leader of Meta-Four. Since coming to New York City in 1982, Person has performed with a whos who list of legends on the jazz and rock scene. He´s performed and recorded with jazz masters: McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Chico Hamilton, John Hicks and World Saxophone Quartet. In rock, funk and world music: Vernon Reid, Ben Harper, Ofra Hazaand Bootsy Collins. Person is also on over forty recordings as a leader and sideman.Because of Person's eclectic musical experience, he's considered a musician for almost any genre.
1987Person formed "Sources" a duo with tabla/sirod/acoustic guitar performer Bob Coke. The music blended elements of avant gard jazz, open indian grooves, and innovative soundscapes. The group toured Western France, Eastern USA, and New York City clubs and galleries. Person recorded six CDs with drummer Ronald Shannon Jacksonduring his three year stay with the Decoding Society from 1984to 1987. He also recorded six CD´s with drummer Chico Hamiltonas a member of his band, "Euphoria." Person performed with Mr. Hamilton from 1983-2000. In 1990 Person was featured soloist with the New York City Symphonyfor a performance of Duke Ellington`s Three Black Kingsat the Apollo Theatrein New York City. It was the first time a full symphony orchestra had performed at the world famous New York City venue. From 1994to 1997Person was a member of the Dave HollandQuartet, which toured Europe, the United Statesand Canada. The band's success culminated in their recording of " Dream Of The Elders" on ECM. Since 1997Person has performed with a variety of diverse artists such as:singer/rocker Ben Harper, (pianist) Michiel Borstlap, (drummer) Joe Chambers, (vocalists) Jimmy Scottand Jennifer Holiday, (Belgium percussionist) Chris Joris, Public EnemyBassist Brian Hardgrooveand Bassist Bootsy Collins. Through Brian Hargroove'sstudio productions, Person is on unreleased tracks featuring rapper Chuck D.Since 1994his band Meta-Fourhas been featured in clubs, concerts, masterclasses and festivals across the USA, Canada and Europe. In 2008he premieres a new band, Metamorphosiswhich unlike his four piece jazz group Meta-Fourwill delve into funk, rock, groove and electric soundscapes.
Soul Note Records, 1993) - Person's first CD as a leader.
*"Prophecy" (Soul Note Records,
1994) - a conceptual recording, focusing on solo, duos and trio settings and mixing Person’s songs with those of John Coltrane.
*"More Tales To Tell" (
1997) - features an expanded, all-acoustic band with guitar, bass clarinet, bassoon, and flute, as well as Person’s long-time pianistand collaborator John Esposito.
* "Extra Pressure" (
1999) -features the first official version of his band Meta-Four. Features pianist John Esposito, and drummer E.J.Strickland.
* "Live at
Big Sur" ( 2003) - live recording of Person and Meta-Fourat the 2002 Big Sur Jazz Festival; features three previously unrecorded compositions; Person's first live CD as a leader
* "Reflections" (
2005) - features previously unreleased live tracks with Dave Douglas
*"Rhythm Edge" (
2007)-features Robin Eubanks, Ingrid Jensen, and Daniel Sadownick.
* [http://www.ericperson.com/ Official website]
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