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Radio & Podcasts

Remembering Joe Henderson

Read "Remembering Joe Henderson" reviewed by Russell Perry


Joe Henderson was likely the most important tenor saxophonist to come out of the '60s. Possessing a big distinctive tone, he brought gravitas to every setting in which he played. He also left a catalog of compelling compositions including several that have become standards, such as “Inner Urge" or “Recorda-Me" whose mastery is required for today's improvising musicians. To illustrate the continuing power of these fine tunes, this hour of Jazz at 100 Today! will feature recent versions of Henderson's ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Arrival of Joe Henderson (1963 - 1967)

Read "The Arrival of Joe Henderson (1963 - 1967)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Joe Henderson may have been the most significant tenor saxophonist to emerge in the 1960s. Gary Giddins wrote that he is ..."an irresistibly lucid player, whose adroitness in conjuring stark and swirling riffs contributed immeasurably to two of the most durable jazz hits of the '60s, Horace Silver's 'Song for My Father' and Lee Morgan's 'The Sidewinder.'" In addition to those tunes, in previous programs in this series, we have also heard Kenny Dorham's 'Blue Bossa' from Henderson's first release ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Joe Henderson on Milestone

Read "Joe Henderson on Milestone" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week we feature a trio of Joe Henderson cuts from the late '60s-early '70s, showing his transition from the mainstream to the electric, plus another teaser from the Rubberband album by Miles Davis and a mixed bag of new and old releases. Playlist Miles Davis “Paradise (feat. Medina Johnson)" from Rubberband (Warner Brothers) 00:00 Joe Henderson “Black Narcissus" from Power to the People (Milestone) 07:00 Roger Rota, Matthias Bauer & Maria Lucchese “Incontro 1 to 4" ...

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Album Review

Joe Henderson: The State Of The Tenor • Live At The Village Vanguard • Volume 2

Read "The State Of The Tenor • Live At The Village Vanguard • Volume 2" reviewed by Greg Simmons


If any jazz performance from the 1980s could be thought of as a landmark statement, Joe Henderson's live State of the Tenor sessions would surely float to the top of the list. Recorded at the Village Vanguard over three nights in November 1985 and originally released on Blue Note Records two years later, State of the Tenor -Live at the Village Vanguard -Volume 2 has now received a high-quality vinyl reissue treatment courtesy of the label's Tone Poet series, curated ...

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Album Review

Joe Henderson: The Elements

Read "The Elements" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Whatever era Henderson you champion or pine for--his dazzling side work with Horace Silver and Lee Morgan or, as a leader, the 60's defiant Inner Urge or Page One, the 70's fusion/funk explorer of Multiple or the revered elder statesman of his later years--The Elements delivers some damn fine head music. With its shifting atmospheres, dynamics, world music palette --harp, horn, piano, percussion; bass, violin; and all the bells and whistles of studio wizardry circa '73, Henderson and company presciently ...

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Album Review

Joe Henderson: Mirror, Mirror

Read "Mirror, Mirror" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


As anticipated, Germany-based MPS' famed audio engineering expertise--besides its tenure as a prominent jazz record label-- lives up to expectations with a superb remastering effort of the 1980 LP led by tenor sax great John Henderson and a band featuring jazz giants, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Ron Carter and drummer, Billy Higgins. The packaging includes the original liners and a photo of the original master tape box. The 180-gram vinyl offering boasts a detailed soundstage, but more importantly ...

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My Blue Note Obsession

Joe Henderson: Page One – 1963

Read "Joe Henderson: Page One – 1963" reviewed by Marc Davis


Joe Henderson is one of those jazz guys who made such a spectacular comeback late in life that you tend to forget how good he was in the beginning. Page One is all the evidence you need of Henderson's early heroics. Let's start at the end. The last four albums of Henderson's long, outstanding career were arguably his very best. Each was a tribute to music's past and each was amazing. In 1992, there was So ...


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