Joe Henderson was quite aware of his so-called “blackness” and really didn’t need to pursue it any further. He used this particular title with reflection of the times the record was recorded (Read below for details). This album is almost impossible to purchase by itself, it is bundled with either “Black is the Color” or “Tetragon,” either way you win! I don’t understand why the CD version for this album by itself is not available but these two combinations seem to be the best way to buy it. If you are interested in the Vinyl version, get it used and/or in 8 Track. For more background information of this particular album, go here. The Jazz Con Class Radio listeners will enjoy this excellently improvised album with 2 tracks from a live appearance at the Lighthouse Cafe’ in Hermosa Beach, California on September of 70 with Curtis Fuller on the trombone and the other three songs were recorded in NYC in 1971. Great album to own especially if you are a Joe Henderson fan, that’s why its in my personal library. It will be featured for a week or so, check the schedule link for play times, enjoy!
About the album:
Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews, Mitchell Feldman and Joe Henderson. Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1998, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). This two-albums-on-one-CD set captures the tenor master at an interesting juncture, both in his own artistic development and jazz in general. The collection draws from three recording sessions, spanning 1970-72. Henderson’s music honestly reflected what was happening with the different factions shaping jazz in that era: the avant garde, the blossoming of fusion and the influence of the post-bop mainstream. He also synthesizes an awareness of jazz’s African roots and the growing use of electric and electronic instruments and overdubbing (which most of the mainstream jazz audience of the time thought was heresy). The music on this album ranges from straight-ahead standards (“Invitation,” with fine playing from Shaw) and driving, quirky hard bop…..Read More