The two LPs comprising this disc find the brilliant tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson (1937-2001) at his most wide-ranging. Significantly, at the cores of the various ensembles (one quartet, two quintets, four sextets, one septet, two octets) are a half-dozen rhythm section giants, most of whom were key cogs in Miles Davis's groundbreaking freebop and breakthrough fusion bands (Henderson also was employed by Davis, albeit briefly, in the late Sixties). The Milesian vision of plugged-in fusion/funk informs much of these proceedings. Henderson is joined on the front lines by the superlative trumpeter-flugelhornist Woody Shaw (a former colleague with Horace Silver), ace hard-bop trombonist Curtis Fuller, and multi-reedman Pete Yellen. The leader's probing use of overdubbing gives this set additional cachet, but the music serves primarily as a striking portrait of a surpassing artist shaping his highly personal conception to the then-expanding domain of fusion.
with George Cables, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Jack DeJohnette, Curtis Fuller, David Holland, David Horowitz, Ralph MacDonald, Ron McClure, Airto Moreira, Woody Shaw, Georg Wadenius, Tony Waters, Lenny White, Pete Yellen