Sunday, 20 January 2013

Jazz Funk & Fusion: Eddie Henderson's Sunburst (1975)

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Eddie Henderson

( LP Blue Note Records, 1975 )
Catalog # BN-LA464-G

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.

Tracklisting & Hide Credits:
A1 Explodition
Written-By – G. Duke 6:34
A2 The Kumquat Kids
Written-By – A. Johnson 4:30
A3 Sunburst
Written-By – E. Henderson 5:46
B1 Involuntary Bliss
Written-By – A. Johnson 6:49
B2 Hop Scotch
Written-By – H. Mason 3:52
B3 Galaxy
Written-By – E. Henderson 6:35
B4 We End In A Dream
Written-By – B. Maupin 3:10

Personnel & Credits:
Acoustic Bass – Buster Williams
Art Direction – Bob Cato
Drums – Billy Hart, Harvey Mason
Electric Bass, Effects – Alphonso Johnson
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Clavinet, Synthesizer
[Mini Moog, Arp Odyssey, Arp String Ensemble] – George Duke
Engineer [Assistant] – Geoffry Husband, Neil Schwartz, Suzi Foot
Engineer [Recording], Engineer [Remix] – Fred Catero
Executive Producer – George Butler
Marimba – Bobby Hutcherson
Mastered By – George Horn
Producer – Skip Drinkwater
Tenor Saxophone, Saxello, Bass Clarinet – Bennie Maupin
Trombone, Horn [Post] – Julian Priester
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Cornet – Eddie Henderson

Recorded and mixed at Wally Heider Recording Studios in San Francisco in March and April 1975.
Re-Issued on CD, Blue Note Rec.-UK Cat.#7243 5 38698 2 3, 2002
Format:Vinyl, LP

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''Involuntary Bliss''

Eddie Henderson, George Duke, and Alphonso Johnson brink the funk on this one. A really amazing album full of tight ensemble playing, brilliant and out solos, funky grooves, and excellent compositions. Many might know Henderson from his work in Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi group and although the last track on this album sonds similar to that free style of jazz this album is really much more funk oriented, with pretty tight arrangments. If you are a fan of Geroge Duke's early solo work or Stanley Clarke's early work, you'll love this album.
From Amazon

Funky fusion doesn't get any funkier than this – and the album's one of the greatest 70s recordings by jazz funk trumpeter Eddie Henderson! The album's got a harder edge than a lot of Eddie's other records of the decade – razor sharp rhythms crackling away underneath a sublime space-heavy mix of keyboards, bass, saxes, and Eddie's funky trumpet. The group includes work by Harvey Mason, George Duke, Julian Priester, Alphonso Johnson, and Bennie Maupin – and the great Skip Drinkwater is at the production chair, cutting the grooves here with a lot more fire than in some of his later work! The whole thing's great – and titles include "Involuntary Bliss", "Galaxy", "Kumquat Kids", and "Explodition".
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''Hop Scotch''

Switching over to Blue Note, which was then reaping a fortune with Donald Byrd's R&B outfit, Eddie Henderson pursued a harder, earthier, more structured, funk-driven sound on his first album, while maintaining some of his marvelously spacier instincts for spice. Henderson continued to keep several components of the Herbie Hancock Septet together, for drummer Billy Hart, bassist Buster Williams, reedman Bennie Maupin, and now trombonist Julian Priester are back. But this time, Hancock is replaced by George Duke, and fusionaire bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Harvey Mason (late of the Headhunters) are added -- and these switches make much of the difference. Duke is as much of an techie as Herbie was; he delights in flaunting his Echoplex and burbling, shooting, twinkling synthesizer effects. Henderson himself is more into electronic echo and wah-wah effects than before, definitely pursuing the current Miles Davis line but in a brighter, more tonally brilliant manner, and Maupin has many impassioned and creepy (on bass clarinet) moments. The title track, a ruminative Henderson tune with a leaping funk beat, and Mason's archetypical funk workout "Hop Scotch" are the best cuts.
By Richard S. Ginell (AMG)

Biography by Scott Yanow (AMG):
Eddie Henderson was one of the few trumpeters who was strongly influenced by Miles Davis' work of his early fusion period. He grew up in San Francisco, studied trumpet at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but was trained to be a doctor when he permanently chose music. Henderson worked with John Handy, Tyrone Washington, and Joe Henderson, in addition to his own group. He gained some recognition for his work with the Herbie Hancock Sextet (1970-1973), although his own records (which utilized electronics) tended to be commercial. After Hancock broke up his group, Henderson worked with Art Blakey and Mike Nock, recorded with Charles Earland, and later, in the 1970s, led a rock-oriented group. In the '90s, he returned to playing acoustic hard bop (touring with Billy Harper in 1991) while also working as a psychiatrist.

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''The Kumquat Kids''

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