Life and work
Joe Henderson grew up as one of fifteen children up in poverty. The first contact with music was found in his own words in the " Jazz at the Philharmonic " plates of one of his brothers. After he had managed to persuade his father to buy a saxophone, Lester Young was the music the first pieces of exercise; Another early role models were Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz.
In high school, Henderson wrote his first pieces for the school band, then studied music at Kentucky State College and Wayne University in Detroit; first recordings were made in the sample space by Joe Brazil. He made then from 1960 to 1962 his military service, where he was a member of an Army band at Fort Benning (Georgia ). At a talent show the Army, he won with a four - man band took first place and toured the world with a band of troops entertainment. It arrived in Paris for a session with Kenny Clarke and Kenny Drew.
After his discharge from the Army in the late summer of 1962 he went to New York, where he met trumpeter Kenny Dorham and the working with him and Jack McDuff. 1963 took him the Blue Note label under contract and in April the recording of Kenny Dorhams album Una Mas emerged. Blue Note but first published in June recorded the album Page One, which was the first album under his own name Henderson. It was the most successful of the label and one of the classic albums of the hard bop era. Overall, the Dorham / Henderson Quintet took five albums, with a rhythm section of McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock on piano, bassist Butch Warren and Pete Laroca and Tony Williams on drums.
In the following years he worked as a sideman on many albums, including by Horace Silver, in whose quintet he Junior Cook replaced ( Song for My Father, 1963), Grant Green ( Idle Moments, 1963), on Lee Morgan's soul-jazz classic The Sidewinder and Andrew Hills legendary Point of Departure (both 1964), as well as Blue Mitchell, Woody Shaw and others with; During this time he also released his own publications. Henderson played now on the side of Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill and briefly with Miles Davis and the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. In 1967 he worked on McCoy Tyner key work The Real McCoy.
Published from the late 1960s to Orrin Keepnews Label Milestone plates of Henderson, on which he follows by Miles Davis initialised " Fusioninierung " of jazz with elements of rock and with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Airto Moreira also partially with the same musicians acted. Advanced Henderson the instruments to one or more percussionists and a Fender Rhodes piano, then synthesizer, so experimented Henderson for a short time even with his sound, alienated his tenor saxophone with effects units, and played beside various flutes and soprano saxophone. Titles such as Power to the People (1969 ) and Black Is the Color ( 1972) also reflect his identification with the African-American emancipation movement of the time. These albums were recorded but were ambivalent From the jazz criticism. 1979/1980 he worked among others with Chick Corea and Ron Carter ( Mirror, Mirror ) together; In 1985, he joined with Carter and Al Foster on the trio, published as The State of the Tenor - Live at the Village Vanguard. In 1987 he was a guest at the jazz festival of Genoa, in which he was accompanied by Charlie Haden and Al Foster.
After a long period without releases under his own name, in which he, inter alia, toured with the Paris Reunion Band, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, and also with his own band and was involved in recording of Wynton Marsalis ' album Thick in the South, Henderson signed a record contract with the Verve label and put in the course of the 1990s, three concept albums before that Billy Strayhorn, the composer Duke Ellington ( Lush Life, 1992), Miles Davis ( So Near, So Far, 1993) and Tom Jobim ( Double Rainbow, 1995) were devoted. The tribute album for Jobim consisted of two suites, one with a Brazilian band by guitarist Oscar Castro- Neves, the other played by an American quartet with Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette.
Between 1992 and 1996, also was a big-band production under the direction of arranger and producer Bob Belden ( Big Band, 1996). In 1997 it published an interpretation of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in which, among other Tommy Flanagan, Dave Holland (bass) and Jack DeJohnette played along and Chaka Khan "Summertime" and Sting " It Is not Necessarily So " sang.
Joe Henderson, who always saw himself as a learner and seeker, suffered a massive stroke in early 1998 and had to end his musical career. On 30 June 2001, he died in San Francisco of heart failure.
Benny Golson paid tribute to colleagues: "Joe had one foot in the present, the other in the future, and he was just a step away from immortality".
- Page One ( Blue Note, 1963) with Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Butch Warren and Pete Laroca
- Our Thing ( Blue Note, 1963) with Kenny Dorham, Andrew Hill, Eddie Khan and Pete Laroca
- In 'n Out ( Blue Note, 1964) with Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Richard Davis and Elvin Jones
- Inner Urge ( Blue Note, 1964) with McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw and Elvin Jones
- The Kicker ( Milestone, 1967) with Grachan Moncur III, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes
- Tetragon ( Milestone, 1968) with Don Friedman, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Louis Hayes
- Four ( Verve, 1994) recordings of 1968 Wynton Kelly Trio with the
- Straight, No Chaser ( Verve, 1996) Wynton Kelly Trio in 1968 with the
- Power to the People ( Milestone, 1969) with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, and Mike Lawrence
- Joe Henderson in Japan ( Milestone, 1971) with Hideo Ichikawa, Kunimitsu Inaba, Motohiko Hino
- Multiple ( Fantasy, 1973) with Larry Willis, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Arthur Jenkins
- The Elements ( Milestone, 1973) with Alice Coltrane, Michael White, Charlie Haden, Kenneth Nash, Baba Duru Oshun
- Barcelona ( Enja, 1992) recordings from 1977 and 1978 with Wayne Darling
- An Evening with Joe Henderson ( Red, 1987) with Charlie Haden, Al Foster
- The Standard Joe ( Red, 1991) with Rufus Reid, Al Foster
- Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn ( Verve, 1991) with Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, among others
- So Near, So Far ( Musings for Miles ) ( Verve, 1992) with John Scofield, Dave Holland, Al Foster
- Double Rainbow: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim ( Verve, 1995) with Herbie Hancock, Eliane Elias, Oscar Castro- Neves, Jack DeJohnette, among others
- Big Band ( Verve, 1996) with, inter alia, Lew Soloff, Freddie Hubbard, Idrees Sulieman, Jon Faddis, Marcus Belgrave, Robin Eubanks, Nicholas Payton, Jimmy Knepper, Conrad Herwig, Joe Temperley, Dick Oatts, Gary Smulyan, Hélio Alves, Chick Corea, Bob Belden ( line )
- Porgy and Bess ( Verve, 1997) with Conrad Herwig, Stefon Harris, Tommy Flanagan, John Scofield, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and Chaka Khan, Sting
Box sets and compilations
- The Blue Note Years ( 4 CDs, Blue Note - 1963 to 1990 )
- The Milestone Years ( 8 CD's, Fantasy / Milestone - 1967-1976 )
- The Best of Blue Note Years ( Blue Note - 1963 to 1985 )
- Ballads & Blues ( Blue Note - 1963 to 1985 )
External links and sources
Notes and References
- Jazz saxophonist
- Fusion musicians
- American musician
- Born in 1937
- Died in 2001