Joe Henderson - State Of The Tenor Part 1


Blue Note (Tone Poet)



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ABLU 57801
UPC: 602508600562
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP

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180-gram LP

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original master tape

Plated and pressed at RTI

The Blue Note Tone Poet Series was born out of Blue Note President Don Was' admiration for the exceptional audiophile Blue Note LP reissues presented by Music Matters. Was brought Joe Harley (from Music Matters), a.k.a. the "Tone Poet," on board to curate and supervise a series of reissues from the Blue Note family of labels.

Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass) and Al Foster (drums) captured live during their 1985 peak at NYC's historic Village Vanguard. Blue Notes Records founder Alfred Lion said upon hearing the sessions: "...truly a classic album. What Joe plays is unbelievable. This is one of the most important albums that I've ever heard. It is one of the best made on Blue Note." The Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Side One:
1. Beatrice
2. Friday the Thirteenth
3. Happy Reunion

Side Two:
1. Loose Change
2. Ask Me Now
3. Isotope

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

A Live Tone Poet

posted on 06/07/2021
4 Stars
Reviewer: Brian VanPelt
This was recorded live, and the way it is mic'd suggests the 3 musicians were in close proximity when this was recorded. It's almost like a mono record. The musicians seem stacked front-to-back. I guess the sax is up front and the drums are in the back. The bass is back there somewhere. Now, it is a stereo album, but the sonic image is clustered close to the middle, and the sax stays in the middle - it's the obvious attraction (and holy cow can Joe Henderson play). I am used to the musicians being spread out from speaker-to-speaker, so I give 4 stars because I would have enjoyed it more if the 3 musicians were spread across my speakers. Otherwise, the recording is stellar, albeit not as loudly cut as the other Tone Poet releases that I've reviewed so far.

Every instrument is well-defined, and the drums can sometimes be intense - I could feel them like I was there - that guy is a maniac. I don't know how the bass guy can keep up, but his fingers are up to t

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