6 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson’s relationship with Blue Note begins with this crisp hard-bop album from 1963. Flaunting his expressive talents in the themes, he's soulfully inventive throughout, with a richly varied solo on "Jinrikisha." But trumpeter Kenny Dorham, who composed opener "Blue Bossa," nearly steals the show, playing spitfire-fast on "Homestretch" and boasting a burnished tone on "La Mesha." The band also includes drummer Pete La Roca, bassist Butch Warren, and pianist McCoy Tyner (who kept his name off the cover art, due to contractual obligations).

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson’s relationship with Blue Note begins with this crisp hard-bop album from 1963. Flaunting his expressive talents in the themes, he's soulfully inventive throughout, with a richly varied solo on "Jinrikisha." But trumpeter Kenny Dorham, who composed opener "Blue Bossa," nearly steals the show, playing spitfire-fast on "Homestretch" and boasting a burnished tone on "La Mesha." The band also includes drummer Pete La Roca, bassist Butch Warren, and pianist McCoy Tyner (who kept his name off the cover art, due to contractual obligations).

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

OldPrep ,

Mesmerizing

This underrated album is absolutely beautiful. Joe Henderson's Blue Note debut was incredible, but for some reason it does not receive the recognition that many of the great jazz albums of the time have received. Listen to this. Every song is amazing.

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