Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The great John Scofield once said about Joe Henderson, "Joe Henderson is the essence of jazz. He embodies all the elements that came together in his generation: the virtuosity of hard bop and the avant-garde. He can be harmonically abstract and yet keep to the roots. He is my inspiration. Henderson became one of the most influential jazz musicians of the late twentieth century after he became an overnight sensation as a member of Horace Silver's ensemble on the release of Silver's "Song for My Father." All of the musicians on this release, which include jazz greats like Chick Corea and Ron Carter, prove equal talent in the art of improvisation. Each musician has their own space and each brilliantly fills it.
Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Chick Corea (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
Producer: Joe Henderson.
Reissue producers: Christian Kellersmann, Jorg Eipasch.
Recorded at Studio Masters, Los Angeles, California in January 1980. Includes liner notes by Karsten Mutzelfeldt.
Digitally remastered by Willem Makkee.
Personnel: Chick Corea (piano); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Billy Higgins (drums).
Recording information: Studio-Masters, Los Angeles (01/1980).
Photographers: Stefan Bohle; Pierre Lapijover.
Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson has had a remarkably consistent career. Although he has spent periods (such as the 1970s) in relative obscurity and others as almost a jazz superstar, Henderson's style and sound has been relatively unchanged since the 1960s. This lesser-known album finds Henderson in typically fine form in an acoustic quartet with pianist Chick Corea, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Higgins. Carter and Corea contribute two songs apiece, Henderson gets to perform his "Joe's Bolero" and the tenor sounds majestic on "What's New." ~ Scott Yanow