Joe Henderson: Inner Urge
Joe Henderson (tenor sax)
Inner Urge (Blue Note 84189)
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, November 30, 1964
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
"Inner Urge" is a hard-swinging vehicle for a torrid blowing session. Joe Henderson lined up Coltrane's pianist and drummer (as well as Rollins's bass player) to back him, just nine days before Trane's two sidemen joined their boss (and bassist Jimmy Garrison) to record A Love Supreme. Clearly Henderson was seriously intent on showing he could measure up to two of his primary tenor influences, and doesn't disappoint.
Henderson's two solos here are extended, but he keeps things flowing by liberally mixing pleasantly tuneful passages with exciting, turbulent ones. Cranshaw and Tyner also sparkle during their turns. Elvin Jones, however, nearly steals the show with peerless, thunderous polyrhythms that rank among his better drum solos on record.
As a supremely confident saxophonist already running out of things to prove at this stage, Henderson again upped the ante with "Inner Urge."
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron