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Eric Person


World-renowned saxophonist, composer and bandleader Eric Person have notched an impressive resume performing and recording with legends in jazz such as Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, John Hicks, Donald Byrd, Wallace Roney and Houston Person among others. He’s also performed alongside genre-bending musicians Vernon Reid, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Dave Douglas, and Ben Harper. Person is the leader of Meta-Four and TrioKinesis.

Eric moved from his hometown of St. Louis Mo in 1982A year later, legendary drummer Chico Hamilton gave him the opportunity to perform with his high energy band, Euphoria. Eric would go on to tour the United States, Europe and Japan with Chico, recording six CD releases with him as well.

From 1994 -1997, Eric was a pivotal member of the Dave Holland Quartet. That ensemble toured throughout Europe, United States and Canada, playing prestigious concert halls and festivals. It was a great band whose success culminated in the classic release, Dream of the Elders. This group made exciting music, and is one of the cornerstones in Eric’s career.
During that same period, Eric was a member of the World Saxophone Quartet recording the CD, Moving Right Along.

After many years developing his skills as a sideman, Eric recorded his first CDs for the Italian Soul Note label. Arrival, Prophecy, and More Tales to Tell were all well received by the critics.

1999’s Extra Pressure was the first recording Eric released on his Distinction Records label. The Live at Big Sur CD captures Eric in dynamic performances at the 2002 Big Sur Jazz Festival. Russ Musto of All about Jazz said, “Person is more then fine; he's a major talent of his generation.”

Eric’s next two CDs, Reflections and Rhythm Edge lets everyone know where he’s come from and where he’s headed. The Grand Illusion is Person’s eighth CD. The music seems daring at this time, recalling as it does the jazz/funk experiments of the past.
Person's 2012 Thoughts on God is his first CD that features a big band comprised of thirteen musicians. Michael McDowell of Blitz Magazine says, "He (Person) has definitely joined Coltrane in having produced an enduring work that will stand as a hallmark of the genre."
Person’s tenth CD, a duo session featuring the saxophones of Person and the drums of Shin Takahashi. DuoScope is his most daring release to date. Eric is not one who’s afraid to take chances. Donald Elfman of All about Jazz says: “Eric Person seems to find something new to say, and a different direction to follow with every project he undertakes.