|All Artists: Joe Henderson|
Title: Definitive Joe Henderson
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Label: Umvd Labels
Release Date: 9/24/2002
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Modern Postbebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Definitive Joe Henderson
Genres: Jazz, Pop
As a member of the Blue Note roster during the 1960s, Joe Henderson was recognized as a solid hard-bop tenor saxophonist and composer--a team player appreciated as much for his contributions to his label mates' albums as f... more »
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As a member of the Blue Note roster during the 1960s, Joe Henderson was recognized as a solid hard-bop tenor saxophonist and composer--a team player appreciated as much for his contributions to his label mates' albums as for his own recordings. One of the big stories in jazz during the '90s was his transformation into a beloved, best-selling tenor master via the handsomely produced, brilliantly promoted album tributes to Billy Strayhorn, Miles Davis, and Antonio Carlos Jobim that he recorded for Verve. Staging a kind of battle of the eras (with only one track from the '70s or '80s), The Definitive Joe Henderson samples both the Blue Note years (which teams Henderson with such luminaries as Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, and Kenny Dorham) and Verve years (which features the likes of Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, and Dave Holland, and includes the tenorist's only big band outing). While Henderson's voice on the latter tracks is deeper, sparer, and more lyrical--his unaccompanied reading of "Lush Life" is luminous?the tuneful and deep-digging Blue Note classics such as "Mode for Joe" and "Inner Urge" still carry the day. --Lloyd Sachs
An Excellent overview of one of the Masters of jazz sax
Louis Alemayehu | Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN USA | 10/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are new to Joe Henderson, this would be an excellent place to start out. I keep coming back to the La Mesha track... very moving blues drenched composition/performance. Throughout the album the playing is fluid, inventive and full of heart.
The first 5 selections here are Blue Note Classic. The last six selections from his Verve years, though done 7 years before his departure due it emphysema, are of a high quality and demonstrate his joy in music making.
We are lucky he passed this way and left so much of beauty here for us to hear."