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Joe Henderson’s “Mode for Joe” does it do it for you?

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Wow! This album is actually one of my personal favorites! It has that late 60’s jazz sound I love but with that hard bopish grip that wouldn’t let go so easy and respected so much. All of the musicians in this 1966 album, “Mode for Joe” are hard bop greats (names listed on very top of album cover) and true believers of tradition but were in tune with the changing new variations of jazz. And because of their great improvisational ability, they were able to put their own spin and create music that reflected the social changes going on in America. Well played jazz can have a great impact on the listener in respect to projecting a “real” emotion that can aid or reenforce ones personal opinions. This album does it for me, does it do it for you? Enjoy!

About the album:

Given the recording date of Mode for Joe and the band lineup, it’s easy to assume this is a straight-up hard bop album. However, this 1966 Joe Henderson record — featuring trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Joe Chambers — is a great example of modern jazz at its best. It was recorded during a time of sweeping musical changes due to developments in free jazz, soul-jazz, and even early experiments with fusion. It was a time when the bluesy and funky leanings of hard boppers were giving way to more individualized contemporary approaches. One of the best examples of this shift, Mode for Joe sounds more like……Read More

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