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Joe Henderson
Inner Urge

Blue Note Records

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- The Analog Vault // Essential Listening -

From name-making jaunts with Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock, to later co-leading the Jazz Communicators with Freddie Hubbard - the 1960s were fertile for lauded tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. But of all his work at the time, it was his exploratory and adventurous 1966 Blue Note album that stands the test of time as his finest.

Inner Urge teamed Henderson with pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones from John Coltrane's quartet, alongside bassist Bob Cranshaw from Sonny Rollins’ band. Together, these august musicians recorded an intensely exciting session defined by almost telepathic interplay and wild tangents that stretched the limits of bop beyond what anybody expected. Headlined by Henderson’s most beloved compositions -  "Inner Urge" and "Isotope" - this urgent and kinetic recording is undoubtedly the high point of his illustrious career. - The Analog Vault

At 27 years old, tenor saxophonist and composer Joe Henderson was already in his full artistic stride by the time he made Inner Urge, his 4th Blue Note album which was recorded in November 1964. His first 3 albums—Page One, Our Thing, and In ‘N Out—were quintet dates where Henderson had his frequent collaborator trumpeter Kenny Dorham by his side, but on Inner Urge, Henderson opted instead for a quartet setting with his the lone horn out in front.

The extraordinary line-up included two members of the trailblazing John Coltrane Quartet—pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones—as well as Blue Note stalwart Bob Cranshaw on bass. Side 1 consists of 2 timeless Henderson compositions of differing temperaments that would go on to become standards: the intense title track “Inner Urge” and the jovial blues “Isotope,” which was an homage to Thelonious Monk. Side 2 opens with a 3rd Henderson original, the evocation “El Barrio” which opens with Henderson’s plaintive cry. A stunningly gorgeous ballad performance of Duke Pearson’s piece “You Know I Care” follows before the album concludes with a brisk, up-tempo dash through the Cole Porter standard “Night and Day.” 

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.



Label: Blue Note

Series: Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180g

Reissued: 2022 (Original: 1966)

Genre: Jazz

Style: Hard Bop, Post Bop, Modal