132

Various: Thank You, Joe!

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Arkadia has a good thing going for it: tribute albums. Interestingly, Thank You, Joe! is Arkadia's first CD of appreciation extended to a living jazz legend. Previous honorees have included John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Gerry Mulligan.

Thank goodness that Arkadia had the insight to honor Henderson. Such a tribute raises the question, however, of how many other living jazz innovators should be honored: Lucky Thompson, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, James Moody? The list goes on and on.

The point of Thank You, Joe! , though, is the re-evaluation of Joe Henderson's compositional contributions, in addition to his signature tone and improvisational prowess that melt jazz enthusiasts.

The CD includes two musicians who have performed with Henderson: Randy Brecker and Joanne Brackeen (she performing on one number). Javon Jackson fills the cathartic and yet demanding role of the tenor saxophone voice on Thank You, Joe!. It's quite an impressive achievement to capture those Hendersonian references while altering the flavor of the tunes according to Eric Reed's arrangements.

While perhaps "Recorda Me" and "The Kicker" remain Henderson's best-known compositions, perhaps because of their accessibility, the complexity and subtlety of "Gazelle" and "Inner Urge" provide evidence of Henderson's ability to capture a mood or to enliven a tune with a slight alteration of a chord or the overlaying of one meter on another for combined effect. Brackeen, who spent almost twenty years performing off and on with Henderson, explains the magic of "Gazelle": a 7/8 rhythm complementing the 4/4 time signature.

Unfortunately, Joe Henderson hasn't been active for the past few years. But it's obvious that he influenced legions of jazz musicians and inspired multitudes of listeners. Thank-you's aren't enough. An album of exciting music, such as that on Thank You, Joe! , approaches the level of appreciation that is Joe Henderson's due.


Track Listing:

Mamacita; Isfahan; Gazelle; The Kicker; Ask Me Now; Recorda Me; Isotope; Inner Urge; Granted

Personnel:

Javon Jackson, tenor saxophone; Randy Brecker, trumpet, flugelhorn; Terrell Stafford, trumpet; Eric Reed, Joanne Brackeen, piano; Steve Nelson, vibraphone; Carl Allen, drums; Renato Thomas, percussion

| Record Label: Arkadia Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Confirmation" CD/LP/Track Review Confirmation
by Nicola Negri
Published: September 5, 2016
Read "The Linda Sessions" CD/LP/Track Review The Linda Sessions
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 30, 2016
Read "Winds Of Mouth" CD/LP/Track Review Winds Of Mouth
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 8, 2016
Read "Spark" CD/LP/Track Review Spark
by Jeff Winbush
Published: April 1, 2016
Read "Blue Canvas" CD/LP/Track Review Blue Canvas
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 4, 2017
Read "Apprentice" CD/LP/Track Review Apprentice
by Alex Franquelli
Published: October 29, 2016

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!