Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Eddie Henderson – Anthology Vol. 2 (Capricorn 1973, 2003)

Eddie Henderson grew up in a jazz friendly household that hosted luminaries such as Miles Davis when they passed through San Francisco in the 1950’s and 60’s. He grew up not only to be a medical doctor and a psychiatrist but an excellent trumpet player in his own right, joining the Herbie Hancock sextet in the early 1970’s Economics forced Hancock to break up the ensemble, but group also made a couple of records under Henderson’s leadership and those two are collected on this disc.

The music on this CD is made up of those two albums, Realization and Inside Out and is much akin to the funky fusion that was the hallmark of Hancock’s “Mwandishi” band. The group had been playing together long enough by this point to be very tight and the electronics give the music some very interesting textures and arrangements. Hancock plays every keyboard imaginable and Henderson’s trumpet floats above the heady mix percussion and keyboards. If you are a fan of fusion especially Hancock’s brand of funk, this is definitely worth checking out.

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