Joe Henderson: Waltz For Zweetie


Waltz For Zweetie


Joe Henderson (tenor sax)


Tetragon (MSP 9017)

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Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Don Friedman (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Composed by Walter Bishop


Recorded: New York, September 27, 1967 and May 16, 1968


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

"Waltz For Zweetie" provides a contrast from the more advanced compositions that Joe Henderson was then tackling. The inaugural recording of Walter Bishop's tune casts the tenorman in more conventional 3/4 time, showing off his knack for the sweet, romantic style that waltzes typically call for. The piece is also more democratic, as Friedman's impressionistic stylings get fully articulated and Carter's bass work is outstanding in its range and lyricism. The leader himself solos last, steadfastly in the Rollins tradition and making excellent use of space. "Waltz For Zweetie" hasn't been covered much since, which is a shame. It's got a light, buoyant melody that's memorable. In any case, it would be hard to beat Joe Henderson's rendition.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

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