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Eddie Henderson: Heritage

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Trumpeter Eddie Henderson has been moving in and out of jazz since the '60s, combining parallel careers as a musician and psychiatrist. In that time he's applied his strongly lyrical playing to both acoustic post-bop and fusion settings, but his greatest celebrity has definitely come from his credits on the electric side. In the early '70s he was a charter member of the {{Herbie Hancock}| sextet that recorded Mwandishi (Warner Bros., 1970) and that fusion of horns and funk rhythms would shape some of Henderson's most successful recordings. Heritage is close to the Hancock fold. Recorded in ...

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Eddie Henderson: The Doctor is In

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Now in his late 60s, Eddie Henderson was at one time torn between medicine and jazz; he completed training to be a psychiatrist but chose a performing career. The trumpeter has gone back and forth between fusion and various forms of bop, though he seems to be leaning more toward post-bop in recent years. The Leaders Spirits Alike Double Moon 2007

The Leaders was an occasional all-star gathering during the '80s-90s that featured trumpeter Lester Bowie, tenor/soprano saxophonist Chico Freeman, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, pianist Kirk Lightsey, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer ...

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Eddie Henderson Project: Precious Moment

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It's been a good month for Mwandishi alumni. First Bennie Maupin released the fine acoustic astral jazz set Penumbra, the reed player's first album in eight years. And now trumpeter Eddie Henderson has released a well-titled, poised and gorgeous ballads' set, Precious Moment.

A new album from Henderson is almost always excellent news. While by no means as retiring a figure as Maupin, Henderson is hardly prolific, and has for years set aside sufficient non-music time to continue a parallel career in medicine.

Like Maupin and Penumbra, Precious Moment has less to do with referencing Henderson's career-making period with Herbie ...

Eddie Henderson

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Of course Dr. Eddie Henderson can heal the sick as a Doctor of Medicine and Psychiatry but his greatest gift of healing comes when he picks up his trumpet and plays like an angel or a devil depending on what kind of healing you need. I've known Eddie for over ten years playing together in various situations with people like bassist Mario Pavone, drummers Matt Wilson, Steve Johns or Sylivia Cuenca, and often with the Mingus Big Band. I love to play with Eddie as he always searches for hip ways of playing from the heart and soul. And Eddie ...

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Eddie Henderson: Time & Spaces

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Long before Wallace Roney became a Miles Davis protege in the late '80s, Eddie Henderson had forgone his training in medicine, falling under the direct and indirect influence of the Prince of Darkness in the late '60s. With groups including Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band from '70 to '72, Henderson forged a voice whose tone may have been influenced by Davis, but with an adventurous spirit all his own. In the ensuing years, while the spirit of Miles never left him, Henderson developed his own body of work, one that in recent years has seen him returning to a more hard ...

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Eddie Henderson: So What

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Despite its title, this Miles Davis tribute's focus is not on the classic unit that recorded the track after which the album is named, but on the style and music of the trumpeter's great ‘60s quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Eddie Henderson's mellifluous sound, meticulous choice of notes and atmospheric use of space clearly place him at the apex of the Miles continuum, and his working quartet with pianist Dave Kikoski and bassist Ed Howard (veterans of Roy Haynes' band) and alternating drummers Billy Hart and Victor Lewis (two players who have thoroughly assimilated ...

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Eddie Henderson: Healing with Music

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Jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Eddie Henderson always had talent. After all, his first informal lesson on the instrument at the age of 9 was from Louis Armstrong. But his studies went well beyond that. As a teenager he was learning legitimate trumpet at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and performing with the San Francisco Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Proper technique is always the cornerstone of such an undertaking. And so it was with a bit of brashness, and a dash of innocent ignorance, that he spoke to a friend of his parents sometime in 1957 as the two drove down a ...



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