Saturday, October 9, 2010

Joe Henderson - Inner Urge

Been digging this guy a whole lot in the last week or so, and is quickly becoming one of my favourites. The amount of great albums he has played on is crazy.

Inner Urge is brilliant release from 1964, which features Henderson with half of John Coltrane's legendary quartet (who happen to be two of my favourite musicians of all time), McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, with Bob Cranshaw rounding it out on bass. Just one look at this line-up is really enough to guarantee greatness, and surprise surprise, it's amazing.

Henderson's relatively understated style works exceedingly well in the hard-bop style, with just a hint of avant garde, in his own compositions. The last two tracks are covers which marks more of a return to base, but the first three originals are brilliant.

"El Barrio" is such an infectious tune; alone worth checking out the album for.

Inner Urge (FLAC)

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