Joe Henderson, Inner Urge (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Phil Freeman

By Phil Freeman

on 07.19.11 in Reviews

Inner Urge (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Joe Henderson
Predicting much free jazz to come

Of the five albums Joe Henderson made for Blue Note in the ’60s, only this one features him as the sole horn. It’s also the most forceful and aggressive of the bunch; backed by Coltrane sidemen (pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones) and bassist Bob Cranshaw, he goes much farther out on the title track than he ever could have on his other gig at the time, as a sideman to pianist Horace Silver. “El Barrio” is another barn-burner — the deep, biting tones Henderson emits during the piece’s unaccompanied opening phrases, and his incantatory, trancelike solo, predict much free jazz to come.