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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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Eddie Henderson: So What

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Imitation may not be the best form of flattery, as trumpeter Eddie Henderson found out several years ago when he learnt a couple of Miles Davis tunes right off the record, thinking that he would impress Davis (who was not). Now years into the future, he breathes his own spirit into them.

Henderson is erudite. His tone can wallow resplendently in the lyrical and then suddenly scoot off into a convoluted alleyway or spew trills. All are connected by the umbilical cord of his imagination. Pianist David Kikoski can be an ardent innovator or he can open ...

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Eddie Henderson: Inspiration

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After being so impressed with Eddie Henderson's trumpet work on Billy Harper's 1990 album Destiny Is Yours, I wanted to hear him as a leader. Little did I know that he'd also played with Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson, Art Blakey, Kenny Barron and McCoy Tyner. The result of those experiences is strongly in evidence on Inspiration.

While the influences of Miles and Freddie Hubbard are demonstrated, Henderson is definitely his own man and a master at that. The ensemble work is strong and swinging throughout. Each member's solo chops are also formidable (don't be impatient, Lewis Nash gets ...

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Eddie Henderson: Reemergence

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Trumpeter Eddie Henderson has recorded more consistently throughout the 1990s (for Steeplechase and Milestone) than he did during the previous decade, so this really isn't a “reemergence" at all. It is, however, among one of his finest albums since what remains his very best - his first two kosimgroovy solo albums, cut for Capricorn in 1973 and inexcusably unavailable ever since.On Reemergence, Henderson traverses a variety of interesting spaces with Milesian pronouncements that have certainly become his own, rich as they are in provocative emotional mysteries. He heads up an intuitive and resourceful quintet, solidified in sound and ...

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Eddie Henderson: Reemergence

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Considering that he's approaching his 60th birthday, you'd think that trumpeter Eddie Henderson would be better known than what he is. But of course we also have to take into consideration that there are actually two Eddies- the jazz musician and Dr. Henderson the practicing psychiatrist. Yet despite his dual activities and the limitations of a 24-hour day, the jazz trumpeter in Henderson has matured into a distinctive stylists who has taken as much from the '70s period of jazz fusion as he has from the acoustic mainstream tradition.

Henderson's work with saxophonist Billy Harper during the past decade or ...

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Eddie Henderson Quintet: Reemergence

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Eddie Henderson is one of those immoderately talented but relatively unsung players who are known as “musicians’ musicians,” mainly because the public at large has almost no idea who they are or what they are capable of doing — which in Henderson’s case is almost anything he pleases, at least on trumpet. The 58–year–old veteran was influenced by Miles Davis, studied informally with Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, jammed alongside Woody Shaw, and has played with some of the best–known names in Jazz including Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, John Handy and Joe Henderson. On Reemergence, Henderson and his five–year–old working ...



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