Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Joe HENDERSON - Tetragon 1968

Joe HENDERSON - Tetragon 1968
MSP 9017


Joe Henderson has been a driving force in the jazz community since the early 1960s. Indeed, his skill and conceptual approach to music helped to define contemporary jazz. Certainly, he greatly influenced the "young lions" of the 1980s, who in turn brought renewed integrity to straight-ahead jazz. This 1968 album sees the tenor saxophonist in fine form. His composition "The Bead Game" is decades ahead of its time; jazz simply doesn't get any more advanced than the soloing heard here by pianist Don Friedman and Henderson himself. Meanwhile, Jack DeJohnette's driving eighth notes on the ride cymbal also add great urgency and gusto to this tune. Elsewhere, Cole Porter's gentle "I've Got You Under My Skin" fits in surprisingly well alongside the solo-heavy originals; this is due, in large part, to the sophisticated harmonic language employed by pianist Kenny Barron. In general, all seven tracks illuminate the improvisational prowess of this band.
Bass- Ron Carter
Drums- Jack DeJohnette (tracks: A1 to A3, B2) , Louis Hayes (tracks: B1, B3, B4)
Piano- Don Friedman (tracks: A1 to A3, B2) , Kenny Barron (tracks: B1, B3, B4)
Tenor Sax- Joe Henderson
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, New York on September 27, 1967 and May 16, 1968. Released on Milestone (9017)
A1. Invitation 6:16 
A2. R. J. 5:37 
A3. The Bead Game 8:38 
B1. Tetragon 5:39 
B2. Waltz For Zweetie 4:25 
B3. First Trip 5:16 
B4. I've Got You Under My Skin 5:00


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