- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: April 19, 1994
- Label: Blue Note Records
Down Beat - 12/94, p.604.5 Stars
- Very Good Plus - "...Henderson's focus shifts from sculpting the most perfect possible track to singing of the thrill of right now....nothing pre-ordained about how things come out, or what musical twists arise from the unfettered expression of the moment..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Friday the 13th
- 3.Happy Reunion
- 4.Loose Change
- 5.Ask Me Now
- 7.Stella by Starlight
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Boo Boo's Birthday
- 3.Y Ya la Quiero
- 6.The Bead Game
- 7.All the Things You Are
STATE OF THE TENOR contains the albums STATE OF THE TENOR Vol. 1 and STATE OF THE TENOR VOL. 2.
Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Ron Carter (bass); Al Foster (drums).
Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, New York from November 14-16, 1985. Originally released on Blue Note as (46296, 46426). Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch and Michael Cuscuna.
Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Al Foster (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Michael Cuscuna; Stanley Crouch.
Recording information: Village Vanguard, New York, NY (11/04/1985).
Photographer: Carol Friedman.
Unknown Contributor Role: Franko Caligiuri.
Blue Note's Doubletime series combines live sessions previously issued on two single albums onto one double CD. One of the first releases was Joe Henderson's brilliant tenor sax recital recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1985. The State of the Tenor, Vols. 1 & 2 features Henderson backed only by bass and drums in a setting that pays homage to his prime stylistic source, Sonny Rollins, while displaying his prime skills in an ideal forum. The 14 selections range from customary standards to Henderson originals, and include compositions by Sam Rivers, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Horace Silver. It is not only a fine trio outing, but a series of performances in which Henderson strips songs to their essence, turning them into his own vision. ~ Ron Wynn