Live at Big Sur recaptures the experience, diverse jazz styles, and joie de vivre of the Seventh Annual Big Sur JazzFest. Recorded in 2002 during two performances on May 4th and 5th, the hard swinging bebop, free funk, and hard bop sonic expressions of Eric Person & Meta-Four provoked significant applause throughout both sets. Emanating rich, clean lines, and sophisticated straight-ahead jazz sax colors, Eric Person, who plays both soprano and alto saxophones, was accompanied by his rotating ensemble that consisted of John Esposito on piano, Kenny Davis on five-string electric bass, and Pete O'Brien on drums. Person's original compositions -- "Reach," "I"ll Be Just Fine," and "Magenta" -- are recorded here for the first time. Songs such as "Survival Instincts" and "Issues (Yours Not Mine)" appear on two of Person's previously released CDs. The environmentally friendly Live at Big Sur is Person's fifth recording as a leader and second with Meta-Four and superbly maximizes their diverse musical gifts in a unique, serene setting.
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AllMusic Review by Paula Edelstein