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Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson is proof that jazz can sell without watering down the music; it just takes creative marketing. Although his sound and style were virtually unchanged from the mid-'60s, Joe Henderson's signing with Verve in 1992 was treated as a major news event by the label (even though he had already recorded many memorable sessions for other companies). His Verve recordings had easy-to-market themes (tributes to Billy Strayhorn, Miles Davis, and Antonio Carlos Jobim) and, as a result, he became a national celebrity and a constant poll winner while still sounding the same as when he was in obscurity in the 1970s.

The general feeling is that it couldn't have happened to a more deserving jazz musician. After studying at Kentucky State College and Wayne State University, Joe Henderson played locally in Detroit before spending time in the military (1960-1962). He played briefly with Jack McDuff and then gained recognition for his work with Kenny Dorham (1962-1963), a veteran bop trumpeter who championed him and helped Henderson get signed to Blue Note. Henderson appeared on many Blue Note sessions both as a leader and as a sideman, spent 1964-1966 with Horace Silver's Quintet, and during 1969-1970 was in Herbie Hancock's band. From the start, he had a very distinctive sound and style which, although influenced a bit by both Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, also contained a lot of brand new phrases and ideas. Henderson had long been able to improvise in both inside and outside settings, from hard bop to freeform. In the 1970s, he recorded frequently for Milestone and lived in San Francisco, but was somewhat taken for granted. The second half of the 1980s found him continuing his freelancing and teaching while recording for Blue Note, but it was when he hooked up with Verve that he suddenly became famous. Virtually all of his recordings are currently in print on CD, including a massive collection of his neglected (but generally rewarding) Milestone dates. On June 30, 2001, Joe Henderson passed away due to heart failure after a long battle with emphysema. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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My kind of music
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Thank you Joe. Many descriptions allow for misstatement s eg: extraordinar y , incredible, in depth, complete, fantastic, romantic, superb, etc & so on. Thank you again & God bless.
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Wow, he's amazing. I feel like an idiot for never having heard of him before - but that's part of what's so great about Pandora.
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Clean true Jazz!
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Joe chamber on drums. Its not Pete Roca
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Smooth! !!!!!
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such a pleasure to hear this great artist perform days of wine and roses.
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juicy!!333
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Eddie jefferson
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Another on of the greats I was fortune enough to see live. Joe was a great player and was outstanding live. He is missed, but well remembered.
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Really want to hear Joe do some cooking w/ gas & electric? Check out his album Relaxin'@ Camarrillo," Y todavia la quiero" on Milestone, WOW!!!
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lwelland2
It's Pete La Roca on drums, not Elvin Jones. I fully agree that Pandora should at the very least list the sidemen on these tracks, no matter how many seconds it takes to go to another web site to search for it. This is a no brainer for a music station that purports to support musicians.
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the tune BROWNS TUNE sounds like ELVIN JONES ON drums. whoever it is thats a real artist with sticks
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Baddest MF'er ever
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audibleb
you know it takes about two seconds to do a wiki search on an album if you are really interested in the sidemen, right? much less time than it takes to write a whiny complaint.
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I got a chance to see him live. He was awesome! Piano-less quintet, with Conrad Herwig on trombone. Henderson passed away later that year.
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This is why I love jazz!
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Absolute force of nature
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Pandora, when are you going to act responsibly for the genre? Clean up the Bio's and above all, list the sidemen, with the discography. You have a responsibili t y to this great art form. Without that you'll eventually see your listeners drop away as in nothing really serious about this proivider if the service remains like this, why should I upgrade?
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joes got a deep vibe. im honest enuf to not have heard a lot of his music. ive been a jazz lover since my hi shool days so im always reaching to hear new stuff. you have to admit the jazz catalog is vast with some luck ill get to it all or die tryin. but on that note i seen so many jazz greats but joe slid under my radar ill try to correct that
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jbailey76
Why don't you list the sidemen?
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You always know it's Joe --- many horn players tried to imitate him. He was a mentor to many. Thank you for the opportunity to sing with you once. You were also an intellectual giant, a side few knew.
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Henderson left a true treasure chest of beautiful music spanning 50 years. A unique sound that was often copied but never duplicated.
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Joe is just Too Koooool!!!
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di41973
sorry to read he has left us. but the music lives.
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thefarm123
flawless, timeless
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bradsr55
I am not just commenting about this artist but jazz in general. A young lady made the comment yesterday that she cannot get into jazz. I said the same thing many years ago, however the more I listened the more I grew to love the genre. There is no other form of music that is as versatile as jazz. I recently began listening on Pandora after it was suggested and I love it. I look forward to upgrading soon.I just learned tonight about Joe Henderson after reading a bio on Marion Meadows. Loving Joe.
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People ask me why I listen to jazz, and I tell them...becau s e I don't like people telling me what to do through my music. Especially if it aint what I want to hear...So you "throw ya hands up" "get down" and whatever they tell you to do...cause I aint doin it
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saxability
Joe Henderson-ve r y special...Ma y your music live long and prosper...
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Joe "Big Dawg" Henderson!!! Coltrane crazy, is exactly correct.
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Big Joe Henderson!!! Coltrane crazy!!!
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few blew like joe.he was often neglected but in death respected because you don't miss a cat 'til he gone.we love you then and we love you now. thank god for recorded music.
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I totally agree Tara. Including a players roster would take pandora to a whole new level. Thanks.
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sakeb87
Would be really nice (particularl y with jazz records) if Pandora would include a players roster for the individual recordings. Not necessary by track, but at least who is playing the other instruments in the band.
Joe Henderson is vastly underrated, btw.
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Yes Indeed! Go Joe!
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sp8sj66
I just love me some Joe Henderson !!! Man could this dude play !!!
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genelove53
The live recording at the lighthouse gives me chills! It pretty much goes without saying that Joe Henderson is a master craftsman,an d He stayed true to the straight ahead jazz model even when it wasn't fasionable.
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Joe live at left bank in baltimore,19 7 7 , no air conditioning - F r e d Hersch on piano,the man is an eternal fountain of pure creativity at it's most demanding level.Joe knows if he can do it ,we can do it, Right Joe? Your a master musician. ps- you and Freddie H were the top horn line ever.
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rbarker279
The first time I saw Joe Henderson Live, I was Absolutely astonished. I was thinking 'How could that much music come out of that little body'!!!
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Mode for Joe!
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Joe had so much to say. I still hear ya Joe!
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mainarg
Smooth beautiful jazz ... I love this I will look for more of Joe
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Ubiquitous joe
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This is the real, "mode for Joe!"
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una mas
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nazzaretta
I was very fortunate to study with Joe in the early 70's, when he lived in Brooklyn. What an experience !!! He put my life on a different track. Thanks Joe . As Joe would say SOLID Joe Nazz
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A JAZZ MUSICIAN THAT WAS TAKEN FOR GRANTED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. I WAS BLESSED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HIM PERFORM AT A NOW DEFUNCT JAZZ CLUB IN PHILADELPHIA . I WAS IN AWE OF HIS TALENT.
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mxpick
He has been sorely missed, a master of his craft, and a voice in music that should never die.
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bwaspe
the most impressive combination of soul and intellect. down home funk and uptown sophisticati o n .

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Joe was one of the best. Check out "Mode for Joe," "State of the Tenor," and "Lush Life" (plus his legendary work on Horace Silver's "Song For My Father") to get a good overview.

He also sounds great on Wynton Marsalis' "Thick in the South"...
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