Joe Henderson: Blue Bossa


Blue Bossa


Joe Henderson (tenor sax)


Page One (Blue Note 98795)

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Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Kenny Dorham (trumpet), McCoy Tyner (piano), Butch Warren (bass), Pete La Roca (drums).

Composed by Kenny Dorham


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 3, 1963


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Joe Henderson was developing a personal approach at a time when many tenor saxophonists were emulating John Coltrane. At the time of his death in 2001, he was acknowledged as one of his instrument’s finest stylists. Joining Henderson on his first recording as a leader is trumpeter Kenny Dorham, who had played in Charlie Parker’s quintet, and McCoy Tyner, later to gain acclaim as John Coltrane’s pianist. Dorham’s “Blue Bossa” was composed when the bossa nova, combining elements of jazz and the Brazilian samba, was becoming popular. The tune became a widely performed classic.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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