Joe Henderson: Black Narcissus


Black Narcissus


Joe Henderson (tenor sax)


Big Band (Verve 533 451-2)

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Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Chick Corea (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Al Foster (drums),

Dick Oatts, Steve Wilson (alto saxes), Tim Ries, Charlie Pillow (tenor saxes), Gary Smulyan (baritone sax), John Faddis, Byron Stripling, Tony Kadleck, Michael Philip Mossman, Ray Vega (trumpets), Conrad Herwig, Keith O’Quinn, Larry Farrell, Dave Taylor (trombones)


Composed by Joe Henderson. Arranged by Bob Belden


Recorded: New York, June 26, 1996


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This is clearly one of the most beautiful slow jazz waltzes ever written. Henderson first recorded it with a small ensemble, and its delicacy might have suffered from a big band treatment. But thanks to arranger Bob Belden and to the beautiful piano solo in the first part of the tune, Henderson's entrance comes as a gem in the middle of the track. Corea's work behind him remains incredibly subtle, the horn sections are used to optimal efficiency be it as discreet color sheets or as source of tension and release and the rhythm section is exquisitely musical through and through.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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