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Eric Person and Meta Four West live at the Anthenaeum in La Jolla!!

by on Feb.10, 2007, under News


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Wow, a whole library devoted exclusively to art and music!

Dan Atkinson and the people here at The Anthenaeum in La Jolla, CA

really understand and appreciate the finer side of music and music

appreciation. Here amongst the walls of vintage vinyl, the east wing of the

library becomes alive with subscribers who intimately pack the square footage

with an eager desire, energy and love for provocative artistic expression.

Tonight they get their wish because all the way from Brooklyn, New York,

Eric Person has traveled to perform with his West Coast version of Meta

Four.  The band features John Rangel on

piano, Trevor Ware on bass and Donald Barnett on drums.


Eric’s set is loaded with mostly original music which has

the audience paying close attention to the music and talent of the musicians

rather than relaxing and taking in the same old standards. Eric opens his set

with “Perfection” giving everyone a feel for all of the intriguing music that

he has in store.  “Beauty”, a more recent

composition, is inspired by a friend who possess such.  John Rangel paints his way through chord

structures with such energetic romanticism and feeling.  Donald Barnett, the newest addition to the

quartet opens the music up with a natural ability to fill space with nuances

that span the spectrum from jazz to funk and back to lullabies on precious

ballads.  Trevor Ware, always

rhythm-a-ning, always so grounded in the earth of the music.  Eric is so fluid; a seamless ride on the

wave, against the grain, through the middle, out the back and up to the top

before the foaming cascade of alto and soprano caresses.


Music is the best when the cats are smiling and the

centrifugal force collectively acts as a beacon whose signal is strong, loud,

intoxicating and well received. “The Multitudes” ends with a big drop and is

inspired by the New Orleans

state of affairs. You know the story, rhetoric of reparation and restitution

with no solution for a culture rich in color, food and musical content but no

dividends! “Loverman”, one of the few standards, has eyes closed and bodies

swaying and this is not due to years of gold or lack of sleep.  It specifically relates to the enchanting

melodies, harmonious and artistic choices made in the music that are so

captivating.  These sophisticated,

cerebral, experienced masses of patrons are people who have lived life,

embraced culture, supported the arts and they 

certainly prove the value of and how to appreciated ageless beauty.


Say this “I think I hear a shot of the Blues”, and that you

did.  You would think that these cats

have been playing together for years, but oh contraire.  As tight as they are, this is the first of

what will hopefully be many more encounters of this majestic fourplex.  Four units in one building only appreciating

in value as the years go by. A sliding scale of power from the peaks of

arpeggios diving into the depths of the lower register with perfect entry; 10,

a perfect score! The evening was organic magic and the music lifted off of the

page like sunshine, water, cool breezes and enriching soil nourishing a field

of its flowers.





The energy from this performance inspired Eric to go back to

New York, hit

the studio, and record some of these same pieces for a brand new disc that will

be sure to invoke dark harmonies, luscious melodies and a phat sound that will

keep rhythm on its edge!


LeRoy Downs


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