189

Eddie Henderson Quintet: Reemergence

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
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 group place their stamp on two of his original compositions (“Dreams,” “Natsuko–san”), one by young vibraphone whiz Joe Locke (“Saturn’s Child”), Wayne Shorter’s “This Is for Albert,” Shaw’s “Sweet Love of Mine,” and four standards by the incomparable George Gershwin including a funky Davis–like treatment (muted) of “Summertime.” Although Henderson is a sharp and perceptive post–bop improviser with awesome technique, the first thing one notices is his pure, bell–like tone, almost flugel–like in the smoothness of its texture, a quality that enables him to sound unhurried even on up-tempo numbers such as “Albert” or the Latinesque “Sweet Love.” Besides “Summertime,” he plays muted on “Embraceable You,” “Saturn’s Child” and the dreamy “Natsuko–san.” Henderson’s choice of a front–line partner is inspired, as the vibraphone adds contrast and shading without engaging the trumpet in a two–horn competition. Locke is a splendid soloist (check out his enlivening choruses on “Albert,” “The Man I Love,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” or “Saturn’s Child”), as is his hardworking and in–demand colleague, pianist Hays (whose every appearance is rewarding). Howard and Drummond round out a tasteful and supportive rhythm section. While Reemergence may not make Henderson a household name, neither will it impair his well–earned reputation.

Track listing: This Is for Albert; Dreams; The Gershwin Suite: The Man I Love, Summertime, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Embraceable You; Sweet Love of Mine; Saturn’s Child; Natsuko–san (56:25).

Personnel:

Eddie Henderson, trumpet; Joe Locke, vibes; Kevin Hays, piano; Ed Howard, bass; Billy Drummond, drums.

Contact: Sharp Nine Records, 1

| Record Label: Sharp Nine Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Fourmation" CD/LP/Track Review Fourmation
by John Ephland
Published: March 27, 2016
Read "Protean Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Protean Reality
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 24, 2016
Read "Broken Artist" CD/LP/Track Review Broken Artist
by James Nadal
Published: June 26, 2016
Read "Second Stream" CD/LP/Track Review Second Stream
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 26, 2017
Read "Nessuno" CD/LP/Track Review Nessuno
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 30, 2016
Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 28, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!