The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions

Mosaic Records Limited Edition Box Set


The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions
Limited Edition: 2,500 copies

5 CDs -  $85.00


One of the Most Distinctive Voices in Sixties Jazz
Finally Gets His Due
Our Tribute to Joe Henderson

When you get your copy of Mosaic's new five-CD collector's set, "The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions," you'll be holding a master key to unlocking 1960s jazz.

That's a big statement. But when you consider how much was happening from 1963 to 1966, the years covered by this collection, and contemplate how many different looks he provided through that time period, you can't ignore his significance as a saxophonist and as someone central to the music's development.

In fact, not long ago, one critic compiled a list of the Top 50 Blue Note albums of all time. Joe Henderson led two: "Page One" and "Mode for Joe." Those contributions are here, as are two dates led by Kenny Dorham, including Henderson's massive debut with the label, and Hutcherson's three other dates, "Our Thing," "Inner Urge," and "In 'N Out." Because space allowed us, we have included five performances of compositions by Henderson and performed on sessions with Johnny Coles, Blue Mitchell, Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Young, and Horace Silver.

Short span, lasting legacy

Evaluating Henderson's gift on tenor inevitably raises comparisons with his contemporaries John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter. And what sets Henderson apart from the others might be his accessibility. No one could touch Coltrane's harmonic depth bordering on spirituality. Rollins' lusty, colossal power. Or the otherworldly compositional idiosyncrasies of Shorter. But Henderson's playing made the musicians who came after him feel as though he had paved a path they could follow.

As for us listeners, Henderson expressed everything he wanted by always playing the tune. Control and tranquility on ballads like "Lazy Afternoon." Burningly feverish on "In 'N Out." Playful and offbeat on the Monk-like "Isotope." He was reliably explosive when playing hard bop, fresh and disarming when he chose to play more free, soulful and familiar delving into things with a more Latin tinge. In his field of view and arms embrace were musicians hewing to sensitive and respectful interpretations, as well as players whose instincts were to the extremes of rhythm, register, tempo, and emotion. There isn't just one box where Joe Henderson landed.

And there was another aspect to his playing. Not only had you never heard what he was doing before. Because of his devotion to spontaneous invention, you would never hear it again.

Music all around him

Joe Henderson was one of 15 children in a family from Lima, Ohio that prized music education. His came from an older brother's record collection, from idolizing Stan Getz at the beginning of his tutelage and later Charlie Parker, and from the traveling soul bands that he could go to hear. Showing early promise, he wrote charts for his high school band before studying at Kentucky State College and Wayne State University, where jazz was king.

After a stint in the army he shot to New York and was quickly embraced by trumpeter Kenny Dorham. Dorham described a party Henderson attended where the two met, apparently moments after Henderson arrived in the city, the way Dorham told the story. They left to hear Dexter Gordon at Birdland, but before the evening was out, Henderson was on the bandstand himself and everyone in the joint was in his thrall.

Henderson established himself quickly, first alongside the older Dorham, later with Horace Silver and others. From the start, he soloing was distinctive, but also appropriate to the tune. He compared himself to an actor interpreting a playwright's vision - the song and the writer established the intent. His job was secondary.

As an ensemble player, he was the ultimate listener. Inevitably, his solos began as a commentary or reflection of the solo before his. He might start quite humbly, building in intensity, evolving a run that, despite rhythmic byways, harmonic leaps, and occasional flurries of impossibly quick notes, felt highly developed and coherent, as though he had chosen to make his statement the last word.

Classic recordings with superb musicians I

n addition to the numbers mentioned, the Mosaic box set includes such classics as "Sao Paolo" and "Una Mas (One More Time)" with Kenny Dorham; Henderson's "Blue Bossa" from the "Page One" LP; "Step Lightly" from the Blue Mitchell album of the same name; his work with Horace Silver on "Cape Verdean Blues;" and Henderson's own "Inner Urge," recorded at a time when the young saxophonist was feeling the pressure of carving his cultural destiny in the New York rock.

The dates include fellow musicians Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren, Tony Williams, McCoy Tyner, Pete LaRoca, Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn, Richard Davis, Elvin Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Albert Heath, Bob Cranshaw, Leo Wright, Duke Pearson, Walter Perkins, Gene Taylor, Roy Brooks, Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson, Al Harewood, Woody Shaw, J.J. Johnson, Roger Humphries, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, and Joe Chambers.

Stunning sound reproduction

In creating this monument to Joe Henderson, Mosaic echoed something we did last year with our sold-out Hank Mobley set. We went back to Rudy Van Gelder's original analog tapes and made new transfers with the highest-possible bit rate and today's best A to D converters.

The sound far surpasses any earlier CDs, removing any trace of muddiness, and rivals the original LPs in warmth, range and sound. This is as close to being in the studio listening to the original masters as one can get.

On five CDs, you'll find 47 tunes including 3 previously unissued on either LP or CD. Our deluxe, exclusive booklet includes an essay and track-by-track analysis by Bob Blumenthal, and many rare photographs.

As with all Mosaic sets, our reissue is extremely limited, and once all are sold, will not be available ever again in this form. With everything Joe Henderson could do and the many listeners he delighted, we know this series will be gone soon. Please reserve yours now.

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.Bob Blumenthal has been a recognized authority on hard bop in general and the Blue Note sound in particular for over 40 years. He applies his insightful talents to Joe Hendersonís story with detailed emphasis on the sessions included in this set.

Mosaic has gone back to Rudy Van Gelderís original analog tapes of these sessions and transferred without artificial processing in 192kHz/24 bit for fidelity that far surpasses any previous LP or CD pressing. The stunning sound faithfully reproduces Van Gelderís recordings and is as close to being in the studio listening to the original masters as one can get.

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The booklet contains almost 30 gorgeous Francis Wolff photographs taken from the original sessions, all beautifully reproduced from high resolution scans made from the original negatives


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  Mosaic treatment of Joe Henderson blue notes!
If Blue Note packaged its Joe Henderson and Kenny Dorham with Joe Henderson into a box set, Iíd probably pass as I have the records already. When Mosaic does it, I placed an advance order right away. I suppose this is a definition of partisanship. Happy to be partisan! This is great music and I look forward to Mosaic treatment of Joe Henderson blue notes. And I look forward to more blue notes on Mosaic, including Horace Silver 50s and 60s, Lee Morgan 60s, Sonny Clark, Grant Green, etc. Some of the previous reviewers are calling for vinyl and high res digital versions. Iíd have no problem with Mosaic issuing either or both if licenses available and if commercially viable. But personally, would not buy vinyl and would probably not buy digital either as long as CDs are still available. Vinyl is back and I tried to reacquaint myself with vinyl too, having started my music listening on vinyl long time ago. But I found out vinyl is not for me anymore. Some find it ďwarmerĒ, even better. Thatís OK. If interested in a technical comparison, google ďAsk the Expert. Does music sound better on vinyl records than on CDs? Paul D. Lehrman, Tufts UniversityĒ. Interesting reading!
  Unique and Essential
Not complete sessions as sideman, as there are many during that time, but it is complete with respect to his sessions as leader.
  Patience & Appreciation
I want to thank Mosaic for all the efforts they make in giving all of us an opportunity to listen and hear the music. In my opinion as a customer, Mosaic can do no wrong. I am happy to see Mosaic in business. I have never been disappointed with any music issued by Mosaic. Sometimes, it just takes me longer to get there. This is where my patience and appreciation comes into play. By the way, itís not all vinyls that sound better than CDs or all CDs that sound better than vinyl. My preference overall is CD, and I strongly believe CDs sound better than vinyl. Anything stated different is a myth. Now, letís move forward and say a Big Thank You to Mosaic. I canít wait to get this Joe Henderson Box Set. Thank You Mosaic!!!
  why no highres download in 24/192?
highres is THE sound quality of the present days, would be fine to add a download code for native 24 bit to the physical cds, many companies already do so, e.g. BANDCAMP - it doesnt make sense to remaster in 24/192 - and then press it onto 16 bit cd format with limited space...
I am happy with this wonderful music and I am expecting an amazing set. As far as I see the format is important too. Yes I would love an vinyl version. Though I am totally into HIGH RESOLUTION Audio my wanted format would be DSD audio or DXD. The CDs, yes I already have them all. I purchse this set for my collection but I would apprechiate if they also work on the format. Vinyl, DSD 256 and DXD is the way to go.
  Terrific but not complete....
What about the missing Grant Green, Andrew Hill and Lee Morgan albums, to name a few? This is nowhere close to being complete but I will still purchase because of the outstanding music contained therein. Its just frustrating when misrepresentations like this are made - we understand if it cannot be complete but dont try to fool us!
  Why no vinyl? Heres a feŵ possible reasons
While I am perfectly happy over the moon, in fact with this box on CD, an article was published yesterday at, that provides some insights into the challenges of getting vinyl manufactured these days. So, for those griping about Mosaic not issuing this on vinyl, please check this article out, as it might enlighten you as to the very real challenges, especially for small labels, of getting vinyl manufactured. Oh, and Im just a consumer and have absolutely nothing to do with Mosaic beyond that. If interested, read on here:
  No LPs? Really?
Surely after the demand for an LP version of the Mobley set you guys could have turned your mind to putting this out on vinyl too? 3 stars for the lack of LP version of this set. Iím sure the set is 10/10, and I just ordered the CD version, but come on.
Really? No LPs? Any chance youíll reconsider? I know Page One was recently reissued on Lp. Does Blue Note plan on doing the rest in the same encyclopedic way yaíll do? I mean, I have nearly all of these already, now I need to weigh whether itís worth was so much easier when instinct guided me and I just ordered. Sigh, getting old arenít we all.
  Lps preferred
This is great, and I strongly applaud the effort put into this. Thanks. That said, I would have much preferred buying an all analog LP version of the set. CDs simply arent the dominant medium they once were. Please keep up the good work!

The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions
The Complete Joe Henderson Blue Note Studio Sessions
Limited Edition: 2,500 copies
5 CDs - $85.00

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