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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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Eddie Henderson: So What

Read "So What" reviewed by Russ Musto

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 ...

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Eddie Henderson: Healing with Music

Read "Eddie Henderson: Healing with Music" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

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 ...

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Eddie Henderson: So What

Read "So What" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

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 ...

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Eddie Henderson: Inspiration

Read "Inspiration" reviewed by Bob Jacobson

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 ...

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Eddie Henderson: Reemergence

Read "Reemergence" reviewed by Douglas Payne

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, ...


Ocean Blues

"Ocean Blues" performed by the Dave Wilson Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café (Philadelphia) on March 29, 2018. From the album One Night At Chris’ (2019) featuring Dave Wilson (saxophone), Dan Monaghan (drums), Tony Marino (bass) and Kirk Reese (piano).

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