A set of playful (mostly) originals, constructed and deconstructed lovingly by Michael Moore & crew. Recorded in 1996 at the Binhuis, Oudeschans, Amsterdam.
The Person feature two electric guitarists, playing interlocking riffs and are much different from any other project that Mr. Moore has organized. We know Ernst Reijseger from his work with the ICP Orchestra (Moore is also a member) and Michael Vatcher from Jewels & Binoculars (Bob Dylan tribute trio with Moore & Lindsay Horner). The two guitarists and bass player, we only know from the previous discs by The Persons. Although "Vicky/Sweet Ears" starts with cello, clarinet and drums, we soon move into some intense free rock territory. Eventually both guitars get into some cool Talking Heads-like spastic rock/funk grooves. Mr. Moore even adds some funky chicken-like sax squawks here and there. I had to get up and dance during this tune and it sure felt great. "Sluggo" starts out as heavy and inventive rock instrumental and then evolves into a laid-back sax conclusion. "Humoroso" features some fine, bluesy slide guitar and sexy, late-night sax from Mr. Moore and an inspired plucked cello solo. What I find most interesting about this band/disc is the way Moore writes for the guitars, bass and cello. There are a number of engaging and intricate inter-locking riffs that make these pieces so fascinating. On "Ishi/Let 'em Ring," the guitars constant shift and evolve, playing around once another as the bass sails quickly underneath. It is quite progressive without any bombast. There are loads of surprises in store throughout this entire long (67-minute) disc. The Persons do not sound like anything else the Michael Moore does, yet remain consistently intriguing. - DMG