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My Personal Story About Joe Henderson

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Our Thing
Joe Henderson became a favorite of mine while I was in college and I got to see him perform at the Slugs Saloon in the East Village. He recorded Our Thing in 1963 with Kenny Dorham who had played in a band with my dad. This music is an example of the new style of jazz that evolved during my college and early pro years. In some ways, the jazz style here is very much like the kind of team-based basketball I enjoyed playing: Henerson’s tenor sax, Dorham’s trumpet, and Andrew Hill’s piano all seem at first too determinedly individualistic to come together; but soon they merge into surprising chord shifts and a powerful rhythm base.

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