Joe Henderson: Inner Urge


Inner Urge


Joe Henderson (tenor sax)


Inner Urge (Blue Note 84189)

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Joe Henderson (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, November 30, 1964


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

As soon as Joe Henderson moved to New York in 1962 after a stint in the U.S. Army, he became one of the busiest men in jazz. He performed with Kenny Dorham from 1962-63, with Horace Silver from 1964-66, and was featured as a sideman on many of Blue Note’s most revered records of the 1960s, from Idle Moments to Black Fire to The Sidewinder. He is even more well-known, however, for his widespread solo efforts. The 12-minute “Inner Urge” (backed by half of Coltrane’s quartet) provides listeners with a comprehensive lesson on Henderson’s melodic (motivic) development during his improvisations.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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