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Joe HENDERSON – Page One 1963

Posted in JAZZ, Joe HENDERSON on December 9, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Joe HENDERSON – Page One 1963
BLP 4140


This 1963 session was Henderson’s debut as a leader, and it introduced a strikingly individualistic tenor saxophonist, with a distinctively muscular sound and approach, as well as a talent for finding a personal route through the dominant tenor styles of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. At the time of the session, Henderson worked regularly in a quintet with the veteran trumpeter Kenny Dorham, and the two enjoyed a special chemistry apparent on several Blue Note recordings under their individual names. One unusual facet is the hard-bop take on the then emerging bossa nova, apparent in the first recording of Dorham’s now standard “Blue Bossa,” on which Henderson’s thoughtful construction is apparent, and the saxophonist’s own coiling Latin tune, “Recorda Me.” Pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Pete LaRoca provide more than solid support for a date that’s as often reflective as it is forceful.
By Stuart Broomer.
Joe Henderson was Blue Note’s most requested tenor sideman during the 60s. While his playing evolved (and objectively improved) later on, there is a certain richness in his playing present on his blue note records, that is not always there on his Milestone gigs (while I adore those too.) This album MUST be more acknowledge as a plateau in jazz compostion. It would be impossible to improve upon the record. Not too many are in the same league…Kind Of Blue, Moanin’, Love Supreme, Unity, Hubtones, Speak No Evil, Song For My Father, Sweet Rain, Out To Lunch, Saxophone Collosus, and probably about 20 others….but what does this have that others don’t?…

…this record is the only record that I believe you can put on and listen from beginning to end, and be consistantly enthralled without one moment of hesitation or impatience for the next soloist to take stage. It is perfect. Every jazz listener who does not own it is doing themselves a major disservice. It sums up the brilliance of the probably the greatest tenor of the past 35 years. I miss you Joe!
By David Solomon.
Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson’s debut as a leader is a particularly strong and historic effort. With major contributions made by trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Pete La Roca, Henderson (who already had a strikingly original sound and a viable insideoutside style) performs six generally memorable compositions on this album. Highlights include the original versions of Dorham’s Blue Bossa and Henderson’s Recorda Me. It’s highly recommended.
By Scott Yanow.
The title PAGE ONE is fitting for this disc as it marks the beginning of the first chapter in the long career of tenor man Joe Henderson. And what a beginning it is; no less than Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Butch Warren, and Pete La Roca join the saxophonist for a stunning set that includes Blue Bossa and Recorda Me, two works that would be forever associated with Henderson. Both are bossa novas that offer a hip alternative to the easy-listening Brazilian trend that would become popular with the masses. Henderson and Dorham make an ideal pair on these and other choice cuts like the blistering Homestretch and the engaging swinger Jinrikisha. These both show the already mature compositional prowess that would become Henderson’s trademark throughout his legendary career. The final blues number, Out of the Night, features powerful work by the leader that only hints of things to come in subsequent chapters.
Joe Henderson- (Tenor Sax)
Kenny Dorham- (Trumpet)
McCoy Tyner- (Piano)
Butch Warren- (Bass)
Pete La Roca- (Drums)
A1. Blue Bossa
A2. La Mesha
A3. Homestretch
B1. Recorda Me
B2. Jinrikisha
B3. Out of the Night

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