Joe Henderson

(1937 -2001)

tenor saxophone

In the 1960s there were only two trend setters in tenor saxophone Jazz playing, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. For the younger saxophonists it was difficult to escape the influence of both giants. Joe Henderson, albeit influenced by both Rollins and Coltrane, has nevertheless succeeded in developing an own sound which is individual and in many ways milder and friendlier. Joe Henderson, born in 1937, joined Kenny Dorham's group in 1962 upon discharge from the army. This brought him immediately in the Blue Note Record fold where his first record was Dorham's Una Mas. In subsequent years he was able to make many albums with such artists as Horace Silver (Song for my Father and The Cape Verdean Blues), McCoy Tyner (The Real McCoy) and Lee Morgan (Sidewinder, The Rumproller). But he also made several fine recordings for Blue Note under his own name. In the late 60s he ran a band with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, then joined Herbie Hancock's sextet during 69-70 (he features on The Prisoner). He was briefly a part of the famous Jazz-rock outfit Blood Sweat & Tears. Henderson disappeared from view in the 1970s but reappeared in 1985 with the release of a couple of fine recordings for Blue Note, leading eventually to a high profile series of tours and concerts world-wide and (in 1992) a switch to the Verve label. It was this move to Verve and the string of award-winning and best-selling albums that followed, that elevated Joe Henderson permanently to Jazz Star Status.
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Recommended recordings:
Our Thing Blue Note
Page One Blue Note
Inner Urge Blue Note
In 'n Out Blue Note
The State of the Tenor Blue Note
Mode for Joe Blue Note
Lush Life Verve
The Standard Joe Verve
So Near, So Far RED
An Evening With Joe Henderson RED
Quiet Now: Lovesome Things Verve
Four (with Wynton Kelly) Verve
Big Band Verve
In Japan OJC
Multiple OJC
Relaxin' at Camarillo OJC
Double Rainbow Verve
The Milestone Years Milestone
Straight no Chaser (with Wynton Kelly ) Verve
Ballads and Blues Blue Note
The Elements OJC
Canyon Lady OJC
Porgy & Bess Verve
The Kicker OJC
Tetragon OJC
Warm Valley Intersound
Mirror Mirror Verve
Some of the Best Contemporary Tenor Saxophonists
Joe Lovano
Chico Freeman
Wayne Shorter
Branford Marsalis
Michael Brecker
David Murray
Joshua Redman