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Our Thing (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (16 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00004YTWI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Teeter TotterJoe Henderson feat. Kenny Dorham, Pete LaRoca, Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn 8:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pedro's TimeJoe Henderson feat. Kenny Dorham, Pete LaRoca, Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn10:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Our ThingJoe Henderson feat. Kenny Dorham, Pete LaRoca, Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn 5:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Back RoadJoe Henderson feat. Kenny Dorham, Pete LaRoca, Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn 6:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. EscapadeJoe Henderson feat. Kenny Dorham, Pete LaRoca, Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn 8:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Teeter Totter (Alternate Take)Joe Henderson feat. Kenny Dorham, Pete LaRoca, Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn 7:13£0.79  Buy MP3 

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Clive Hedges on 8 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of 60s Blue Note or just that type of jazz where hard bop starts to mix a little with the new thing, get this album. Kenny Dorham and Joe Henderson created at least 3 albums together that should be in any self-respecting jazz collection and this is one of them. What sets 'Our Thing' apart is the presence of pianist Andrew Hill, who adds a wonderful, angular, Monk-inspired edge to the proceedings. The opener, the aptly-named 'Teeter-Totter', is perfect for him but also brings out great solos all round. The other themes are perhaps less 'out', 'Pedro's Time' is a standard Dorham, latin-tinged piece of hard-bop and 'Back Road' the kind of funky number common for the time, but the soloing and group interaction are outstanding, fuelled by Hill's unique take on things and Pete La Roca's fantastically busy, but supportive and never grandstanding, drum work. Of all the solos only Dorham's on the aforementioned 'Pedro's Time' sounds too much like other outings of his from the time to be completely gripping. The rest is first-rate jazz.

At this price this album is an absolute steal, buy it and then go and get the other two great albums they did, Page One and 'Una Mas'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug 2012
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It`s never the wrong time to listen to Joe Henderson, one of jazz`s most reliable sax voices. Here, on his second album, he`s joined by redoubtable trumpeter Kenny Dorham, the steady hand of Pete La Roca on drums, the mellow, insistent bass of Eddie Khan, and the unpredictable runs of pianist Andrew Hill.
The splendidly titled Teeter Totter opens this honest-to-goodness 1963 record, and it`s a blast, all five musicians given the chance to have their say, which they grasp with both hands. When La Roca gets the bit between his teeth his pile-driving
percussion, coupled with glowing remastered sound, is something to hear. Joe holds forth to coruscating effect, Hill plays a fascinatingly obligue solo, and Dorham is as good as his legend implies.
The ten-minute Pedro`s Time is a Latin-tinged mid-tempo tune that you won`t want to end, with all five playing some beautiful things, Joe using all the notes at his disposal plus a few that aren`t.
The title track hops about tempos at first - and throughout - and immediately features a questing solo from the leader on his own composition. Dorham then comes in with his clean, perfectly modulated trumpet sound for a wonderfully inventive statement, followed by a Hill solo which changes tack again on this intriguing number. Once more, the rhythm section works wonders behind the soloists.
Why go through all the tracks? They`re all delicious, and this is yet another indispensable Joe Henderson album. Along with his marvellous debut Page One, the darker sounds of Inner Urge, and a hand-picked septet on the glorious Mode For Joe, these early dates by Joe and friends are all essential Blue Note classics.
The man done good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Mar 2011
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Joe Henderson's second album is at least as good as his better-known debut, 'Page One'. It may be less well known because it doesn't have the benefit of novelty or the calling card of Kenny Dorham's famous 'Blue Bossa', but the music we do get is actually more interesting - Henderson is beginning to push beyond the limits of early '60s hard bop, abetted here by Andrew Hill.

The group teams the horns and drummer from 'Page One' - Henderson, Dorham and Pete La Roca - with new members Hill (piano) and Eddie Khan (bass). Hill in particular stamps his personality on this recording, pushing the music hard in the direction of post-bop in his solos. Henderson contributes two originals and Dorham three, and each scores one clear hit: Henderson's burning opener 'Teeter Totter', with its Monkish sound, and Dorham's closing 'Escapade', a moody slower minor piece on which Hill excels.

Not a game-changing recording, but thoroughly recommended for anybody who wants to hear first-rate jazz of the period. For those intrigued by Hill, he and Henderson would team up again almost immediately on the former's excellent 'Black Fire' and 'Point of Departure'. The CD reproduces the contents of the original vinyl and adds an alternate take of 'Teeter Totter'.
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The distinctive tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson(1937-2001) recorded this quintet session for BLUE NOTE on September 9, 1963 with trumpeter Kenny Dorham and a superb rhythm section featuring the highly original pianist Andrew Hill(making his BLUE NOTE debut), bassist Eddie Khan & drummer Pete La Roca.
The six memorable tracks include originals from Henderson & Dorham and highlights are Henderson's 'Teeter Totter'(2 takes) & the title track plus Dorham's 'Escapade'.
'Our Thing' is one of Joe Henderson's finest albums and should appeal to anyone who appreciates adventurous hard bop.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Make "Our Thing" Your Thing 16 Oct 2000
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally released on CD in 1989, Joe Henderson's "Our Thing" was one of the scandalous casualties of Capitol/EMI's deletion axe in the early 90s. While it briefly resurfaced a few years back in the Blue Note Collector's Choice reprint program, the majority of the jazz buying public has had a limited chance, if any, to purchase this great album. Luckily that all changes with "Our Thing's" permanent return to the catalog as part of the RVG series. This remarkable session from September 1963 features Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Andrew Hill on piano, Eddie Kahn on bass, Pete La Roca on drums, and of course Henderson on tenor sax. Kenny and Joe had teamed up before on "Page One," and would again on Dorham's "Una Mas." While this collaboration might seem like an odd one, the results are nothing short of magical. Of equal importance to this recording is the very modern, free-flowing rhythm trio of Hill, Kahn and La Roca, who support and join the frontline in an exploratory foray, more akin to Hill's "Black Fire" (on which Henderson played tenor) than on Henderson's previous album as a leader, "Page One." The disc's compositions are all originals, split between Henderson ("Teeter Totter" and "Our Thing") and Dorham ("Pedro's Time," "Back Road" and "Escapade"). The CD also features an alternate take of "Teeter Totter" that was not on the original vinyl. Without question "Our Thing" is a classic -- you should make it your thing too.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A minor classic 8 Mar 2004
By N. Dorward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This isn't one of the most celebrated Blue Notes--not even one of Joe Henderson's most celebrated albums--but it's nonetheless a great date. It's got one of the most interesting batches of compositions of any Henderson disc--two cookers by Joe (the title track & "Teeter Totter") & three gentler pieces by Kenny Dorham, the other horn on the date. All the tunes have strange, awkward structures & chord changes that don't lead where you expect. -- However good the front line is, what makes this disc is the exceptional rhythm-section work. Pete La Roca's endlessly springy, tuneful drumming is a highlight; Andrew Hill, as usual, sounds very different from the dourer pianist of his recordings as a leader: he sounds looser, funkier, though still as intelligent & slippery a soloist as ever, with those weird sliding runs across the keyboard. The combo of La Roca & Hill gives this disc a sunnier, more upbeat feel than those contemporary Henderson discs that draw on the fury of the Coltrane quartet via the inclusion of Tyner &/or Jones in the rhythm section.
This is a really welcome reissue in the RVG series, especially with the addition of an alternate take of "Teeter Totter", worth having for (among other things) Kenny Dorham's cheeky mimicry of Dizzy Gillespie at one point.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb album 22 Feb 2014
By G B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though not nearly as well-known or popular as Page One, Our Thing is in my opinion a stronger album. In fact, I'd say it's the second-best album he made for Blue Note, after the classic Inner Urge. As with Page One and In'N'Out, the front line is the wonderful partnership of Joe with the older trumpeter, Kenny Dorham (who also contributes some excellent compositions). But unlike Page One, which falls very comfortably into the hard bop category, Joe's affinity with the jazz avant-garde starts popping up here. He takes a lot more chances with his playing than he did on the debut, and the presence of Eddie Khan and Andrew Hill in the rhythm section gives the whole album a looser, more adventurous feel. Hill in particular is fantastic on piano. If I had to pick my favorite tunes, I'd select "Teeter Totter" (which reminds me a little of the Coleman-Cherry quartet) and "Escapade" (one of those beautiful melancholy Dorham melodies). Don't miss this one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Essential! 4 Jan 2011
By Butch Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I copped this LP when it was first released in the '60's because I already owned Page One. I had never heard of Andrew Hill at the time but pretty much bought every thing by him I could find after listening to "Our Thing". I rate this recording as the best that either KD or Joe Henderson ever made and they are two of my favorite musicians. The rhythm section is all that (please check out Eddie Khan's bass lines) and the horn solos are extraordinarily sensitive to the groove and beautiful. Andrew Hill was dropping little musical bombs throughout all the tunes that never got in the way but twisted the experience perfectly. If you like hard bop with some avant garde flavor, this is your recording.

If your hip to "Coltrane Time" with Trane, KD and Cecil Taylor, "Our Thing" is the logical progression from that unique record date. Caveat: I love "Coltrane Time"-- regardless of supposed issues between Cecil Taylor and KD.

Butch Walker
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Our thing by Joe Handerson 27 Jan 2013
By Ron W. Hinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
haven't got to it all of it yet. but what I heard was WOW. more Joe boppin like no other.
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