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Close Encounters (Teddy Edwards and Houston Person album)

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Close Encounters
Studio album by
RecordedNovember 6, 1996
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
HCD 7002
ProducerHouston Person
Teddy Edwards chronology
Horn to Horn
Close Encounters
Midnight Creeper
Houston Person chronology
Horn to Horn
Close Encounters

Close Encounters is an album by saxophonists Teddy Edwards and Houston Person which was recorded in 1996 and released on the HighNote label in 1999.[1][2][3][4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[5]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[6]

In his review on Allmusic, Michael G. Nastos states "A follow-up to their previous excellent CD Horn To Horn has the two veteran tenor saxophonists with the same drummer, Kenny Washington, joined by pianist Stan Hope and bassist Ray Drummond. They swing and stroll through another seven standards, Edwards with his lithe, breezy, matter-of-fact tone, Person displaying the bluesy, street smart literate, fluid approach that always holds him in good stead. ... The beautiful thing is that while Edwards continually refines, picking notes even more carefully, and Person digs deeper into his blue gutbucket, there's no stepping on toes. ... There's a bit of flailing, but the respectful attitude of these two present-day jazz giants is clear and admirable. This CD is easily as good as the first collaboration"[5] In JazzTimes Jack Sohmer wrote "this 1996 Rudy Van Gelder-engineered studio date can easily rank alongside the best recordings of the two tenor teams of the past. Although not as technically daunting as the Griff ‘n’ Jaws combo, certainly the fluency that Edwards and Person demonstrate on blues, ballads, and medium swing grooves places them on a par with the Jug & Sonny tandem. ... This recording succeeds especially because it is a conversation, not a shouting match, between two musicians who are secure enough in their abilities and reputations not to have to cut each other down at every turn".[7]

Track listing

  1. "Twisted" (Wardell Gray, Annie Ross) – 5:21
  2. "Blue and Sentimental" (Count Basie, Jerry Livingston, Mack David) – 4:56
  3. "Pennies from Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) – 9:41
  4. "Night Train" (Jimmy Forrest, Oscar Washington, Lewis Simpkins) – 5:43
  5. "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You" (Victor Young, Bing Crosby, Ned Washington) – 6:13
  6. "The Breeze and I" (Ernesto Lecuona, Al Stillman) – 6:58
  7. "Little Girl Blue" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 8:53



  1. ^ Jazz Depot: HighNote discography accessed February 23, 2018
  2. ^ Teddy Edwards catalog accessed February 23, 2018
  3. ^ Teddy Edwards discography accessed February 23, 2018
  4. ^ Enciclopedia del Jazz: Teddy Edwards accessed February 23, 2018
  5. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G.. Teddy Edwards / Houston Person – Close Encounters: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  7. ^ Sohmer, J. Jazz Times Review, accessed February 23, 2018
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