Joe Henderson: Boo Boo's Birthday


Boo Boo's Birthday


Joe Henderson (tenor sax)


State of the Tenor: Live at the Vanguard, Volume 2 (Blue Note B2-28879 )

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Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass), Al Foster (drums).

Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, November 14-16, 1985


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Nearly 30 years after Sonny Rollins’ inventive piano-less tenor recordings from the Vanguard, Joe Henderson released these piano-less tenor recordings made with the all-star rhythm section of Ron Carter and Al Foster. These three masters weave flawlessly in and out of solidified, swinging time and free, exploratory sections. This allows the musicians to explore and reinvent the tunes they are playing through interspersed combinations of trio, duet, and unaccompanied playing. Some of Henderson’s strongest playing from this period in his career can be heard on these recordings – there is a delicate balance of extreme intensity and fervor combined with the understated, “less is more” brilliance of an older, wiser Henderson. Essential tenor recordings.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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