Joe Henderson: Power to the People


Power to the People


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 23, 1969


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Unfortunately, the title track of Joe Henderson's Power to the People CD sounds dated today. This is obvious in the crunchy way the horns were mixed; the brass chorus sounds like it was filtered through very ancient compression layers, and the actual improvisations seem buried under the old stench of reel to reel tape. That said, though, the performance is killer; with his technique in top form, Henderson takes off here in an explosive manner as the group pounds out a devilish frenzy underneath. The music is completely free of structure for the most part, since most of it is maintained by a single, octaved chord. The recording is great and the playing is lively, but the production sounds somewhat standard for the era and the track as a whole sounds unwilling to escape the ghost of Miles Davis as its murky mix recalls such albums as Bitches Brew.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary


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