Joe Henderson: Foresight and Afterthought (an Impromptu Suite)


Foresight and Afterthought (an Impromptu Suite)


Joe Henderson (tenor sax)


Power to the People (Fantasy 30130)

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Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Mike Lawrence (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano, keyboards), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums).

Composed by Joe Henderson


Recorded: New York City, May 29, 1969


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

This conceptual, three-part Joe Henderson musical journey finds him seemingly climbing many stairs to reach his destination. As he pushes harder and higher, musical tension is built that, unfortunately, is never truly released. The reason for this lack of gratification at the very end is the fact that, while many of Henderson's solo lines are constructed around eighth, sixteenth, and thirty-second notes, at times, the track sounds like the lead player is attempting to improv as many notes as possible in a short span of time with the intent of displaying his high-level talents. Of course, the skill set of Joe Henderson is never in question, as he will always be remembered as a jazz pioneer. He is certainly blowing his heart out on the cut, but the recording seems absent of emotion. However, fans of Joe Henderson will certainly return to the track with open arms, because the power of Henderson's playing on it cannot be easily ignored.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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