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5.0 out of 5 stars Is a Great Thing, 8 May 2009
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Clive Hedges (Durham) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Our Thing (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Seconds out, 6 Aug 2012
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Our Thing (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent second album from Henderson, 3 Mar 2011
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Paul Bowes (Wales, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Our Thing (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous hard bop from Joe Henderson's Quintet in 1963., 8 Nov 2013
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Moontrane - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Our Thing (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
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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