EDDIE HENDERSON

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Eddie Henderson (born October 26, 1940) is an American jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player. Henderson's influences include Booker Little, Clifford Brown, Woody Shaw and Miles Davis.

Henderson's mother was one of the dancers in the original Cotton Club. She had a twin sister, and they were called The Brown Twins. They would dance with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers. In the film showing Fats Waller playing "Ain't Misbehavin'", Henderson's mother sat on the piano whilst Waller sang to her. His father sang with Billy Williams and The Charioteers, a popular singing group. At the age of nine he was given an informal lesson by Louis Armstrong, and he continued to study the instrument as a teenager in San Francisco, where he grew up, after his family moved there in 1954, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As a young man, he performed with the San Francisco Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Henderson
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EDDIE HENDERSON Realization album cover 4.60 | 14 ratings
Realization
Fusion 1973
EDDIE HENDERSON Inside Out album cover 3.89 | 5 ratings
Inside Out
Fusion 1974
EDDIE HENDERSON Sunburst album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Sunburst
Fusion 1975
EDDIE HENDERSON Heritage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heritage
Post Bop 1976
EDDIE HENDERSON Comin Through album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Comin Through
Funk Jazz 1977
EDDIE HENDERSON Mahal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mahal
Funk Jazz 1978
EDDIE HENDERSON Runnin' To Your Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Runnin' To Your Love
Post Bop 1979
EDDIE HENDERSON Eddie Henderson Quintet ‎: Phantoms album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eddie Henderson Quintet ‎: Phantoms
Post Bop 1989
EDDIE HENDERSON Colors Of Manhattan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Colors Of Manhattan
Post Bop 1990
EDDIE HENDERSON Eddie Henderson Quintet ‎: Think On Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eddie Henderson Quintet ‎: Think On Me
Post Bop 1990
EDDIE HENDERSON Flight of Mind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flight of Mind
Post Bop 1991
EDDIE HENDERSON Manhattan In Blue (aka Inspiration) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manhattan In Blue (aka Inspiration)
Post Bop 1994
EDDIE HENDERSON Eddie Henderson, Billy Higgins, Joe Lovano, Cedar Walton, Peter Washington : Tribute To Lee Morgan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eddie Henderson, Billy Higgins, Joe Lovano, Cedar Walton, Peter Washington : Tribute To Lee Morgan
Post Bop 1995
EDDIE HENDERSON Dark Shadows album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dark Shadows
Post Bop 1996
EDDIE HENDERSON Eddie Henderson Quintet ‎: Reemergence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eddie Henderson Quintet ‎: Reemergence
Post Bop 1998
EDDIE HENDERSON Dreams of Gershwin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dreams of Gershwin
Post Bop 1999
EDDIE HENDERSON Oasis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oasis
Post Bop 2001
EDDIE HENDERSON So What album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
So What
Post Bop 2002
EDDIE HENDERSON Time And Spaces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time And Spaces
Post Bop 2004
EDDIE HENDERSON Eddie Henderson Project ‎: Precious Moment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eddie Henderson Project ‎: Precious Moment
Post Bop 2006
EDDIE HENDERSON For All We Know album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For All We Know
Post Bop 2010
EDDIE HENDERSON Eddie Henderson & Friends : The Music of Amit Golan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eddie Henderson & Friends : The Music of Amit Golan
Post Bop 2012
EDDIE HENDERSON Collective Portrait album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collective Portrait
Post Bop 2015
EDDIE HENDERSON Be Cool album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Be Cool
Hard Bop 2018
EDDIE HENDERSON Shuffle and Deal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shuffle and Deal
Hard Bop 2020

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EDDIE HENDERSON Encontro Em Lisboa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Encontro Em Lisboa
Post Bop 1994
EDDIE HENDERSON Eddie Henderson Quartet : Echoes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eddie Henderson Quartet : Echoes
Post Bop 2004

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EDDIE HENDERSON Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
Fusion 2000
EDDIE HENDERSON Realization / Inside Out - Anthology: Volume 2, The Capricorn Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Realization / Inside Out - Anthology: Volume 2, The Capricorn Years
Fusion 2002

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EDDIE HENDERSON Inside Out

Album · 1974 · Fusion
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Sean Trane
The little sister of Realization, Inside Out was recorded six months later in the same conditions (Frisco with Drinkwater), but with former WE’s Eric Gravatt replacing RTF’s Lenny White and finding Bill Summers on congas. One of the main differences with IO is that there are more and shorter tracks on the present, when compared to its predecessor, even though Moussaka and the title tracl reach respectively roughly 9-mins each. Other than that’s the general sonics are much the same, maybe a tad more dissonant at times, somewhat contemporary at others (Omnispresence and Exit 1), but the recipe is pretty much unchanged from the older sister’s Realization cooking pan. Gleeson’s electronic twiddlings are again a source of amazement, when not challenged too hard by Eddie Mganga’s sometimes-extreme trumpet playing. Apparently, there appears to have some un-credited electric funky guitar parts in Fusion and in the title track. Musically, the present is a tad more varied in its musical scope.

Sooo, if you want to acquire this album in CD format, you’ll have no choice than to find the 2on1 Capricorn Years Anthology, where Inside Out is coupled with his next album Inside Out, but since these two are very similar in style, you probably won’t mind at all casting two shots from one stone. The only downside to this solution is that one of the two artworks gets sacrificed and that the succession of both albums so similar can be a bit lengthy and too much in one sitting. Personally I tend to prefer the older sister, but let’s face it, the younger one is just as aurally sexy, if not a tad more challenging. Generally seen as the third stooge, the following Sunburst is a fairly different affair, despite part of it still claiming the Mwandishi legacy.

EDDIE HENDERSON Realization

Album · 1973 · Fusion
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Sean Trane
After being part of the early jazz-rock adventures with Mwandishi, Henderson went out on his own for a steaming hot trio of album in the first half of the 70’s, the first of which Realization owes much to Hancock’s band, to the point that the entire Mwandishi line-up plays on it, in addition to Lenny White (then Return To Forever). And indeed, if you’re looking for a successor to Sextant, Realization is the one to search for. Soooo, with Herbie, Bennie, Billy, Buster, Lenny and electronic wizard Pat Gleeson in tow, the mood is certainly very much Mwandishi-like, but slightly quicker, since we have a double-drummer line-up. The ambiance is lso slightly different, maybe due to the West-Coast Frisco recording location (where he was practicing medecine), recorded over two days in the late winter and produced by resident studio Drinkwater (can’t invent that name, uh?).

If the general mood of Realization is somewhat faster and more energetic than in Sextant, it’s also a bit more accessible, even if Gleeson’s electronic “bidouillages” are a bit more present. The two lengthy Libra tracks on the first side are often bordering on dissonance, but never really cross the barrier. Unfortunately, if Maupin’s bass clarinet is not sufficiently present on this album, Eddie Mganga’s brass instruments are well counter-balanced with Bennie Mwile’s wood instruments, but under the refereeing of Hancock’s Rhodes. Maupin’s Anua opens the flipside in the same kind of mood, but the short cosmic Spiritual Awakening is filled with spacey electronic wizardry, slowly leading in the Hancock-penned track Revelation title track thing, where Hart’s bows the contrabass for a few seconds.

Sooo, if you want to acquire this album in CD format, you’ll have no choice than to find the 2on1 Capricorn Years Anthology, where Realization is coupled with his next album Inside Out, but since these two are very similar in style, you probably won’t mind at all casting two shots from one stone. The only downside to this solution is that one of the two artworks gets sacrificed and that the succession of both albums so similar can be a bit lengthy and too much in one sitting. But nevertheless, this is a killer JR/F album that’s always reaching for the limits of your sanity, but never outreaching itself in heavy dissonances. Wild stuff, especially if Mwandishi’s three albums is your thing.

EDDIE HENDERSON Realization

Album · 1973 · Fusion
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darkprinceofjazz
Realization is one of those albums that flies under the radar somewhat, Eddie Henderson who was heavily influenced by the electric music of Miles Davis, but not to point of absurdity, really cranks out a funk fusion masterpiece, Very much in the style of the Mwandishi band albums he participated on, with loose bubbling bass grooves, but certainly they do not groove in the Headhunters sense, this music has more in common with the Hancock album Sextant, "Space Funk" would be a good way to describe this music, I have really grown fond of this style and sound, high quality imaginative rhythms and special effect sounds sprinkled throughout, with free wheeling trumpet bursts, African style rhythms driving the music, perfect to my ears, Realization and Inside Out both are in the Hancock Crossings and Mwandishi style, and well worth exploring.

EDDIE HENDERSON Sunburst

Album · 1975 · Fusion
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Sean Trane
Well, I’m still not aware if Henderson had a musical professional background (he was a professional figure ice-skater and medical student, though) before being part of Herbie’s Mwandishi group (I’d imagine Hancock not hiring rookies), but since the dismantling of that magic group, its three hornmen (Maupin, Priester and Eddie) made some brilliant solo JR/F albums, this being Henderson’s second of third effort. Eddie’s first two solo effort (Realization and Inside Out) bore many Swahili-tribe skin-scars, but Sunburst kinds of disengage somewhat from that realm. Don’t get me wrong though, there are still some heavy Mwandishi friends on Sunburst as both Priester and Maupin are present, but so are Williams and Hart (for only one track, though), but check out George Duke, Hutcherson, Harvey and Alphonso’s presence as well. What a friggin’ line-up.

Despite being released on the then-fledging Blue Note album, Sunburst sports a convincing and appropriate red-hot modern artwork that describes the volcanic musical fusion. The ultra-funky opener of Explodition features a funky Alphonso bass line with Henderson’s trumpet soaring high over sun-burned soundscapes made from Duke’s Rhodes and synth, and un-credited funky guitar lines (low in the mix). The following Kumquat track could find a spot on Hancock’s Head Hunter album and it features a bit (way too few, IMHO) of Maupin’s delightful bass clarinet, while Henderson is trump(et)ing Miles’ effect-laden horn. The steaming title track might just be my fave of the album. It is a little unfortunate that the album’s lengthiest track takes a little to long to unravel its fierce nature after a tamer intro, but Duke’s keyboard works in the calmer (at first) middle section partially makes up for it. The short ultra-funky Hop scotch is the album’s weakest track, even if the musicians do strut their chops. The spacey Galaxy piece is quite a change from its preceding sister, and after a cosmic intro, Maupin’s bass clarinet is finally unleashed and running amok in the Universe’s naught. Amazing stuff!! The closing aptly-titled We End In A Dream sports a slightly different line-up and hints more at Crossing the Sextant.



EDDIE HENDERSON Realization

Album · 1973 · Fusion
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Logan
"Realization" is my favourite Eddie Henderson album, one of my favourite "Mwandishi players" albums, and I consider it to be an essential Fusion album. The music blends funk, modal jazz, and cosmic "spacey" music/ electronics, in an exhilarating fashion. It is finely nuanced, and while the music is very busy at times, there is space for the music to breathe. It is a stunning effort by Eddie Henderson, as well as those that joined him.

All of the players are in top-notch form, and Henderson is, I think, one of the finest trumpeters in Fusion and is not as widely recognised as I think he deserves.

To think that music was a side-line for him as he was also a medical doctor. This album, and other albums of his, was not commercially successful at the time, and was largely forgotten and neglected until the later release on CD (his "Anthology" compilation with this and "Inside Out" has been excellently remastered and is well worth getting). There has been some quite recent surge in interest in Henderson's early music by dubbers. His music has been sampled quite extensively -- rub-a-dub-dubbed by DJ George "Dubya" Bush; now there's a thought, lame though it is. In fact, a great many terrific Fusion works are being sampled/ dubbed these days).

This album comes from a really innovative and exciting time in Fusion, and stands, I feel, amongst the very best of its ilk. Other players that Henderson was acquainted with, including the Mwandishi band (see Herbie Hancock's "Mwandishi", "Crossings", and "Sextant") were also releasing amazing material. I see this album as a spin-off or extension of the "Mwandishi" work, and this is a "Mwandishi" band effort (which is not to underplay Henderson's importance to the project under his name). Aside from shared members who came together to work with the former Mwadishi member Henderson, musically it falls into that category. Aside from Hancock's influence (as well as other Mwandishi members), I think Gleeson's work cannot be understated in giving it that cohesive Mwandishi sound (as in the "Crossings" and "Sextant" parts of the Mwandishi album trilogy -- the fusion of electronics).

This is an absolutely essential album for those who like Herbie Hancock and friends Mwandishi trilogy. Aside from "Crossings", "Sextant", and "Mwandishi", albums with a musical relation to "Realization" worth getting include: - Eddie Henderson's "Inside Out" (if you don't have Anthology, Vol. II), and "Sunburst"; Julian Priester's fantastic "Love, Love" and his "Polarization"; Bennie Maupin's "The Jewel in the Lotus" and "Slow Traffic to the Right"; as well as Buster Williams'"Pinnacle", though I find that more forgettable than the others I mentioned. Norman Connors' "Dance of Magic" and "Dark of Light"is also an album that I think should appeal to those who enjoy MWandishi style music.

Lenny White, who performed on this album, released another excellent Fusion album "Venusian Summer" (the suite being particularly good), though he has other excellent works too. Billy Hart's "Enchance is good", and, though different, Pat Gleeson's electronic explorations in "Beyond the Sun" are very good.

Of course mentors to Henderson such as Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard should need no introduction, but if they both do, you have wonderful discoveries ahead.

A word of warning: I don't recommend "Realization" to those who can't take their jazz more adventurous than Kenny-G.

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