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Eddie Henderson: Be Cool

Read "Be Cool" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though he's run the challenging career gamut from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock's lauded explorations with Mwandishi--he was an integral part of 1973's watermark Sextant (Columbia Records)--to a doctorate in psychiatry and acclaimed records of his own, ie: '93's Inspirations (Milestone Records), '73's electronic spaciness Realization (Capricorn Records) among others, trumpeter Eddie Henderson has managed to swing low under the horizon, a highly regarded, highly respected player in the circle of players and all knowing jazz heads. As ...

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Eddie Henderson: Collective Portrait

Read "Collective Portrait" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

One of the nice surprises of 2014 was the formation of the Smoke Sessions label. Their first several issues were actual performances recorded at the club. However, they seemed to have focused their efforts lately on live studio sessions cut at the wonderful Sear Sound studio in New York. The overall sound of these releases continues to be impressive, with an analog smoothness and clarity that is akin to a vintage Prestige or Blue Note. For his Smoke ...

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Eddie Henderson: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

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 ...

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Eddie Henderson: The Doctor is In

Read "Eddie Henderson: The Doctor is In" reviewed by Ken Dryden

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 ...

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Eddie Henderson Project: Precious Moment

Read "Precious Moment" reviewed by Chris May

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 ...

Eddie Henderson

Read "Eddie Henderson" reviewed by Peter Madsen

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 ...

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Eddie Henderson: Time & Spaces

Read "Time & Spaces" reviewed by John Kelman

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, ...


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