Joe Henderson: Tetragon
Joe Henderson (tenor sax)
Tetragon (MSP 9017)
Composed by Joe Henderson.
Recorded: New York, September 27, 1967 and May 16, 1968
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
"Tetragon" is a modernized bebop tune, with the head demonstrating Joe Henderson's flair for imaginative chord progressions. This time, it's a series of descending chords and a start-stop melody that gives the song distinction. Another distinction is Henderson's sheer speed in running through scales even through chord changes. While he had the ability to modulate brilliantly between hot and cool from one phrase to the next, it's almost all hot blowing in this instance, and it's top notch. Henderson gets some solid comping from Kenny Barron, who was just starting to come into his own around this time. The pianist steps out shortly thereafter into a fine solo, followed by Ron Carter's blues walking on his standup bass.
Though inspired largely by postwar jazz, Joe Henderson's blues-based "Tetragon" is a timeless display of artistry.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron