Eddie Henderson

Reemergence

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In the '90s, veteran Eddie Henderson re-emerged as one of the top trumpeters in jazz, playing at the peak of his powers. This fine outing is no exception, matching the 58-year old Henderson with vibraphonist Joe Locke, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Ed Howard and drummer Billy Drummond. The trumpeter performs two originals (including "Dreams," which has been recorded a few times), a selection apiece by Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter ("This Is for Albert") and Locke, and a four-song "Gershwin Suite" which is really just separate versions of four familiar Gershwin tunes. Henderson works very well with Locke and the quintet often seems to think as one. An excellent example of modern hard bop.

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