One of the great things about these Kenny Dorham-Joe Henderson albums is how their character is influenced by the different pianists they were hooked up with for the recording date. This has the great McCoy Tyner on and, as you might expect, it's more lyrical and 'tasteful', as it were, then the other albums in the series. Being partly a Kenny Dorham date there is of course one of his trademark latin-tinged hard-bop themes, 'Blue Bossa', but, and this may be a bossa too far for some, also one by Henderson, the well-covered 'Recorda Me'. The mix is leavened though with the funky 'Homestretch' and the lovely standard-sounding ballad, 'La Meisha' as well as the bouncy, but slightly oblique, 'Jinriksha'.
Regardless, the soloing, by all of the front men is of a uniformly great standard and if it's all a bit more subtle than some of the other albums by the pair that's no bad thing. Henderson's soloing, in particular, is excellent and rewards close listening and if you like Tyner his work here is just the sort music making you like him for. The whole album is, in my opinion, the equal of many much more lauded ones of the time by the likes of Wayne Shorter or Lee Morgan, but for some reason Henderson's output rarely gets the attention it deserves. Add this to your collection and it'll sit nicely alongside Search for the New Land and Speak No Evil.
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