|Eric Person is on a mission. A mission in music. He’s setting a new standard in sound, on his alto and soprano saxophones and with his band, Meta-Four. He is a musician who’s featured on over thirty recordings as a sideman and leader. A musician of the new age.
Eric has notched an impressive resume, and among his great associations were with two respected drummers: Chico Hamilton and Ronald Shannon Jackson. He recorded six CD’s with both Chico and Shannon.
From 1994 -1997 Eric was a pivotal member of the Dave Holland Quartet. That ensemble toured throughout Europe, the United States and Canada, playing prestigious concert halls and festivals. It was a great band, who’s success culminated in the classic recording on ECM Records, Dream Of The Elders. It put Eric on the map and continued Mr. Holland’s great legacy in Jazz. This group made exciting music, and is one of the cornerstones in Eric’s career.
Person continued to develop his art along side other legendary musicians. He worked alongside the great McCoy Tyner, in his fabulous big band, David Murray, World Saxophone Quartet, Dave Douglas, Vernon Reid, Ben Harper, and Donald Byrd among others.
After spending many years developing his sound as a sideman, the time came for Eric to work his magic on his own bandstand and recording sessions.
He released his first three CD's on the Italian SoulNote label. His debut release, 1993’s Arrival, was an auspicious beginning which paved the way for 1994’s Prophecy and 1997’s More Tales To Tell.
His next two CD's were on his own Distinction Records label. 1999’s Extra Pressure and 2003's Live At Big Sur.
2005 is the beginning of a new era. Eric’s sixth CD titled Reflections, let’s everyone know where he’s come from and where he’s going. And it’s a good place. This CD features the best from his SoulNote and Distinction Records releases. Plus there are three unreleased Live tracks featuring trumpeter Dave Douglas and Eric's band Meta-Four. Meta-Four will be touring extensively through 2006. Catch them when you can!