Eddie Henderson: The Kumquat Kids

Track

The Kumquat Kids

Artist

Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet, tenor sax), Julian Priester (trombone), George Duke (keyboards), Alphonso Johnson (electric bass), and Harvey Mason (drums)

CD

Sunburst (Blue Note 38698)

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Musicians:

Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet, tenor sax), Julian Priester (trombone), George Duke (keyboards), Alphonso Johnson (electric bass), Harvey Mason (drums).

Recorded: San Francisco, March-April, 1975

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Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

Eddie Henderson established himself in Herbie Hancock’s futuristic fusion outfit Mwandishi from 1969 to 1972. On this 1975 release, Henderson recruits former Hancock alumni Maupin, Priester, and Mason, along with George Duke and bassist Alphonso Johnson, to piece together a stimulating space-funk group of his own. Henderson’s trumpet, soaked in electronic echo and wah-wah effects, sweeps into and darts out of his high register, using trills, glissandos, and off-kilter chromatics. The synthesized otherworldliness of Mwandishi is present, but Duke, Johnson, and Mason lock into a tighter groove, keeping “The Kumquat Kids” groovy and grounded. Highly recommended for all funksters and fusion-heads.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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