Joe Henderson: Opus One-Point-Five
Joe Henderson (tenor sax)
Power To The People (Fantasy 30130)
Composed by Ron Carter.
Recorded: New York City, May 23, 1969
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Joe Henderson sure sounds like he is doing his best Johnny Hodges impersonation on "Opus One-Point-Five." The breathiness certainly sounds as if it were influenced by a track like Hodges' "Ballade," and the similarity may not be so coincidental given this recording's slow pacing and obvious paean to that Charlie Parker cut. The mellow tempo conveys the mood well, and Henderson's sax work is notable. The engineering is strong, Henderson's bassiest notes were captured without flaw, and the mix is decently balanced. Some jazz fans may desire more action and less space-especially when it comes to recordings that sit within the "fusion" genre. The main function of this track within the context of Henderson's Power to the People album is in its addition of introspectiveness to a CD heavily stamped by experiments with the musical avant-garde.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary