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The tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry has a big sound that comes right at you. His 2011 release Ghosts of the Sun was excellent, and 2012’s La Peur du Vide doesn't disappoint. McHenry leads a fine band—pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Andrew Cyrille—through a set of originals recorded live at the Village Vanguard in New York. The group immediately asserts itself on the Coltrane-flavored opener, “Siglo XX,” a tribute to trumpeter Woody Shaw and actor Paul Robeson. The group creates a swirl of sound behind McHenry as he makes an inspired statement; later, Evans plays a solo that matches McHenry’s effort. (Check out the pianist’s delightful dissonances.) The next cut, “Today,” is a moody ballad, as succinct and lyrical as “Siglo XX” is expansive and brawny. “Recognition” is a tribute to saxophonist J.D. Allen, including breathy sounds from McHenry, rubbed-drumhead percussion, and bowed bass. “Trillard,” written for saxophonist Stacy Dillard, closes the album. Revis plays an intriguing bass solo early on in the 14-minute track, and Cyrille’s solo is full of unexpected moves.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry has become widely known in NY for his work both as a leader and sideman. Born in Blue Hill, ME in 1972, McHenry entered Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy in 1986 and then attended New England Conservatory in 1990, studying with George Garzone, Jimmy Giuffre, and John McNeil. He relocated to NY in the fall of 1992 and became active in the jazz scene. During part of 1996 he lived in Barcelona, collaborating on a live album with pianist Ben Waltzer titled Jazz Is Where...
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La Peur du Vide, Bill McHenry
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 30, 2012

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