Joe Henderson: Ask Me Now


Ask Me Now


Joe Henderson (tenor sax)


The State of the Tenor (Blue Note)

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

Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: New York, November 15-16, 1985


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Joe Henderson came late to the tenor trio (at least on records), and acquired an immediate reputation in this format thanks to the mastery he had developed in other contexts. On this Monk standard, and with this rhythm pair, Henderson develops a soft-toned yet adventurous way of winding through the repetitive ballad harmonies. The bass is the tenor's main partner, while the drummer's brushes maintain a steady tempo and Henderson's blowing soars in a succession of bluesy choruses punctuated by occasional and all the more expressive honks and squeals.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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