Saturday, January 31, 2009

Joe Henderson - The State of the Tenor Live at the Village Vanguard

Another one of my favorite records, and the one that really strung me out on Joe Henderson, a man whose catalog has no shortage of diversity, surprises and pleasures to plumb...

Henderson's story is fascinating. As a sideman, he played on noteworthy records by Andrew Hill, Lee Morgan, Alice Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and many, many others. Between 1963 to 1968 alone he appeared on nearly thirty albums for Blue Note...He even played a stint, though never on record, in the landmark Miles quintet in 1967 with Herbie, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.

Despite being a prolific and beloved leader, sideman, composer and arranger, Joe didn't really break out in a big commercial way until the last ten years or so of his life (he died in 2001), when Verve signed him and actually took the effort to package and promote his recordings.

There is very little disappointing work in Henderson's long discography, so hop in. In the meantime...

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Joe Henderson - The State of the Tenor Live at the Village Vanguard