Although it is not obvious from the outside of this CD, Reflections mostly contains previously released selections drawn from three of altoist Eric Person’s Soul Note albums and two from the Distinction label. Person picked the numbers himself and feels that these performances are among the finest of his career.
Based on their creativity, intensity, and brilliant playing, Person is correct. He is heard on both alto and soprano, mostly with several different piano-bass-drums rhythm sections. Flutist Jim Finn is on two selections, guitarist Cary DeNigris is on four, and the pianist is usually John Esposito.
The post-bop playing is full of fire, high musicianship, and inventive ideas. Uplifting Reflections from being merely a “best of” set is the inclusion of three selections (“K.T.,” “The Ringleader,” and “Etc.”) from a previously unreleased live performance in 1998. The live performances (pity that they are not extensive enough to fill up an entire CD by themselves) feature Person with trumpeter Dave Douglas in a particularly exciting quintet, rounding out a very impressive package. This CD is easily recommended to listeners not already owning Eric Person’s Soul Note and Distinction recordings.