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The Best Of Joe Henderson

The Best Of Joe Henderson

3 Mar 2003

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 1:02:14
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  • ASIN: B001I9Y5TY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,112 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mack - creative on 29 Jun 2011
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continuing my jazz overview from my collection - here's another unreviewed cd worthy of jazz fans attentions : tenor saz player - Joe Henderson's "Best Of" on the renowned Blue Note label. this cd gets the occasional play since i bought it way back in the early 90's and contains a fine overview of JH's many styles recorded on the label ranging from 1963 from his "Page One" Lp to two intimate live tracks from "the State of the Tenor in 1985.

Henderson was a Blue Note label stalwart + appeared on a surprising number of other frontmens Lp s during the sixites. its easy to understand why - a keen intelligence, unhurried style combined with stylistic flexibility. as usual i prefer the more searching tracks here such as exploratory track "El Barrio" from Inner Urge from 1964 and his work along w/Pharaoh Sanders on Alice Coltrane's marvellous Lpl " Ptah - the El Doud") amongst many others . Although Henderson was not one of the era's most prominent or firebrand figures - his musicianship was often used by other perceptive jazzers and this "Best of" is although hardly definitive ,its a good introduction to this often overlooked tenor player. Styles range for the earlier bossa-swing tracks "Blue Bossa + Recorda Me" to easy bop "Our thing" to gorgeous modal track "Mode for Joe" to the sparser live trio tracks "Beatrice" + "Ask me Now" from 1987.

nothing earth shatteringly "impressive" here, but recommended for its understated musicanship + tunes.
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By twopointfive on 3 Sep 2014
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Virtuoso hard bop and more, much more 6 Jan 2007
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
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Hard bop is not my favorite style in jazz, but this interesting compilation goes far beyond that; Henderson is obviously an extremely creative musician who often used hard bop as a starting point for his explorations.

Most of the tracks are from his work for Blue Note in the 60's which, in adition to some virtuoso hard-bop, include one of the most beautiful examples of jazz bossa nova I have heard - "Blue Bossa", Kenny Dorham's composition from the album "Page one".
In addition to Henderson, you can hear great Kenny Dorham (tp), McCoy Tyner (p) and other giants stretching out on the tracks from the 60's.

However, Henderson came back to Blue Note for an album in the 80's, and that's where true gems of this compilation lie - beautiful (Sam Rivers-penned) ballad "Beatrice" and intelligent and emotional reading of Monk's "Ask me now", one of most creative interpretations of Monk's music I have heard so far. These two tracks are recorded in a trio with Ron Carter (b) and Al Foster (dm).

Henderson allegedly became quite popular after these recordings when he signed with Verve (another company he was also associated with in the past). I haven't yet heard that music, but if it's anywhere near the creativity of these recordings, I can only say I'm pleased that he got some fame, acclaim and, supposedly, dough in his later years...

Naturally, Henderson's discography is large, but this compilation is ideal for begginers such as myself.

p.s.
Months after writing this comment, I bought the original 1992 edition of The CD "Lush Life"; it's brilliant! See for yourself. Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
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