Joe Henderson The Milestone Years (8-CD Box Set)

The Milestone Years (8-CD Box Set)
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  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Released: August 12, 1994
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Milestone

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Throughout his long and still-escalating career, Joe Henderson has consistently been recognized by fellow musicians as one of the most impressive and imaginative improvisers in the entire history of the tenor saxophone, as a player with an understanding of a broad range of jazz styles, and as one of the most intriguing and melodic of jazz composers. Some of the more astute critics and listeners have shared these strong opinions, but for the most part--; until his sudden ascent to wide popularity in the early Nineties--; Henderson remained a fairly well-kept secret.

Beginning in 1967, a full decade of his rewarding but pre-fame years was spent recording for Milestone Records and producer Orrin Keepnews. His 12 albums during that period (together with some notable appearances as a featured sideman with Nat Adderley, Lee Konitz, and Flora Purim, plus a few previously unissued numbers) have been compiled into this eight-CD, 82-selection box.

It is a startling collection of talent and virtuosity, assembled by the original producer, who points out Henderson's command of virtually every facet of the contemporary jazz idiom. "We made every possible kind of album--; except a hit," is how Keepnews puts it. His comment is under-lined by the presence of a supporting cast that ranges from Herbie Hancock to Alice Coltrane, and stylistic variations that take him from straight-ahead to avant-garde, with excursions into funk, Latin jazz, multiple overdubbing, and a brilliant group of live recordings featuring the late trumpet virtuoso Woody Shaw.

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 12/94, p.165
3 Stars - Good - "...[A] fan's dream....The package itself deserves fulsome praise: assiduous remastering, information-packed liner notes and intelligent track selection including influential appearances as a sideman..."
Down Beat - 12/94, p.60
5 Stars - Excellent - "...inspired solo and collective blowing--on hard-bop lines, standard songs, funk vamps, freely intuited forms, diverse East and West Coast and Brazilian themes, nominally political, meditative and/or programmatic suites....Joe's reach stretches out and on..."
Vibe - 2/95, p.92
"...The sense of mission, discipline, and passion jazz musicians brought to their work in the '70s is always in evidence..."
Jazziz - 2/95, p.91
"...his "overnight success" should have occured 25 years ago..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Mamacita
  • 2.The Kicker
  • 3.Chelsea Bridge
  • 4.If
  • 5.Nardis
  • 6.Without Song
  • 7.Mo' Joe
  • 8.O Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved)
  • 9.Tetragon
  • 10.First Trip
  • 11.I've Got You Under My Skin
  • 12.Invitation
  • 13.R.J.
  • 14.Waltz For Zweetie

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.The Bead Game
  • 2.You Don't Know What Love Is
  • 3.Unilateral
  • 4.The Scavenger
  • 5.But Not For Me
  • 6.Power To The People
  • 7.Afro-Centric
  • 8.Black Narcissus
  • 9.Isotope
  • 10.Opus One-Point -Five
  • 11.Lazy Afternoon
  • 12.Foresight And Afterthought

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Caribbean Fire Dance
  • 2.Recorda-Me
  • 3.A Shade Of Jade
  • 4.Isotope
  • 5.'Round Midnight
  • 6.Mode For Joe
  • 7.If Your Not A Part Of The Solution Your Part Of The Problem
  • 8.Blue Bossa
  • 9.Closing Theme

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Gazelle
  • 2.Invitation
  • 3.Mind Over Matter
  • 4.No Me Esqueca
  • 5.A Shade Of Jade
  • 6.'Round Midnight
  • 7.Out 'N' In
  • 8.Blue Bossa

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Junk Blues
  • 2.Terra Firma
  • 3.Vis-A-Vis
  • 4.Foregone Conclusion
  • 5.Black Is The Color (Of My True Love's Mind)
  • 6.Current Events
  • 7.Tress-Cun-Deo-La
  • 8.Turned Around
  • 9.Song For Sinners

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Me Among Others
  • 2.Bwaata
  • 3.Tres Palabras
  • 4.All Things Considered
  • 5.Canyon Lady
  • 6.Las Palmas
  • 7.In The Begining There Was Africa...
  • 8.Air

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • 1.Water
  • 2.Fire
  • 3.Earth
  • 4.Butterfly Dreams
  • 5.Light As A Feather
  • 6.Love Reborn
  • 7.Summer Night
  • 8.Black Narcissus
  • 9.Hindsight And Forethought
  • 10.Power To The People

Tracks on Disc 8:

  • 1.The Other Side Of Right
  • 2.Good Morning, Heartache
  • 3.Amoeba
  • 4.Gazelle
  • 5.My Cherie Amour
  • 6.Old Slippers
  • 7.Immaculate Deception
  • 8.Solution
  • 9.Black Miracle
  • 10.Black Narcissus
  • 11.What Can I Say?
  • 12.Windows

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Joe Henderson, Nat Adderley, Lee Konitz, Flora Purim, Herbie Hancock, Alice Coltrane, Woody Shaw, Joe Zawinul, Kenny Barron, George Cables, George Duke, Larry Willis, MIke Lawrence, Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Stanley Clarke, J.F. Jenny Clark, Louis Hayes, Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White, Harvey Mason, Airto, Grachan Moncur, Jeremy Steig, Ichikawa-Inaba-Hino, James "Blood" Ulmer, Luis Gasca, Michael White, Patrick Gleeson, Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts.
Recorded between 1967 and 1976.
Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson's most famous recordings are his early Blue Notes and his more recent Verves, but in between he recorded exclusively for Milestone and, although Henderson was in consistently fine form in the diverse settings, he was somewhat neglected during his middle years. This massive eight-CD set contains all of the music from Henderson's dozen Milestone LPs, plus a duet with altoist Lee Konitz and his guest appearances with singer Flora Purim and cornetist Nat Adderley. The music ranges from Blue Note-style hard bop and modal explorations to fusion and '70s funk, with important contributions made by trumpeters Mike Lawrence, Woody Shaw, and Luis Gasca, trombonist Grachan Moncur III, and keyboardists Kenny Barron, Don Friedman, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, George Cables, Alice Coltrane, Mark Levine, and George Duke, among others. Not all of the music is classic (some of the later sets are unabashedly commercial), but none of the 82 selections are dull and the very distinctive Henderson always gives his best. It's highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

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