Jazz Dispensary brings you the Top Shelf Series reissue of The Elements -- a cosmic, four-part improvisation from Joe Henderson featuring Alice Coltrane. As with all Top Shelf releases, the album has been remastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl at Quality Record Pressings (QRP), and housed in a faithfully reproduced, old-school style replica jacket. The LP will have a limited-edition worldwide run of 1,000 copies, complete with a Jazz Dispensary "AUTHORIZED DEALER” window cling. The title will also be available at streaming outlets, mastered for iTunes, and in Hi-Res digital (96/24 and 192/24).
The release falls on the heels of the Top Shelf series’ launch, which kicked-off with Rusty Bryant’s incendiary soul-jazz statement, Fire Eater and Charles Kynard’s deeply funky Afro-Disiac. The album-centric program, which is focused on reintroducing rare and previously unavailable titles, including reissues by Funk, Inc., The 3 Pieces, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, Azar Lawrence and more.
More About The Elements:
One of the true giants of the tenor saxophone, Joe Henderson was known for his passionate balladry and fiery solos. His 50-year career led him to heights unreached by most players and included stints with the likes of Blue Note Records, Milestone, and Verve. Alice Coltrane, an accomplished jazz pianist and harpist, among many other talents, was also the second wife of jazz legend John Coltrane. Her unique approach to her instruments is largely influenced by her devotion to Hinduism and the sounds of Indian music. These two talented artists come together for The Elements, originally released in 1973 on Milestone. This title finds Henderson at a time of discovery, branching out into other realms and setting aside the post-bop instrumentation and repertoire he was so identified with. What transpired with Alice Coltrane is in a league all its own. Trance-inducing, spiritual jazz-fusion are present in the four-part improvisation ("Fire", "Air", "Water" and "Earth") that makes up the album, while Coltrane weaves sublime chordal textures throughout on harp and piano. Assisting Henderson and Coltrane were a group of sympathetic explorers: violin original Michael White, bass giant Charlie Haden, and the multifaceted percussionist Kenneth Nash. While the music is enhanced with overdubbing in spots, the true magic of The Elements emanates from the musicians' collective genius at listening and responding to each other – a gift of extreme magnitude.