In a generation of tenor saxophonists overwhelmed by the powerful influence of John Coltrane, Joe Henderson is one of the very few to stand out as an individual stylist. He is capable of playing both within the traditional limits of jazz and well outside of them in the esthetics of free jazz. Henderson swings even while altering the beat and exploring the full range of sounds it is possible for the tenor to produce. By the time of this 1967 session, he had established himself as one of the most formidable artists to appear in that decade of rapid musical evolution. His band here includes the exploratory horns of Grachan Moncur and Mike Lawrence and a rhythm section of Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and Louis Hayes that was fully attuned to Henderson's adventurous ways.
with Mike Lawrence, Grachan Moncur, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes