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Eddie Henderson: "Collective Portrait"

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Eddie Henderson's first lessons on the trumpet came from Louis Armstrong when Eddie was 9 years old. He's's been playing ever since.

While studying to be a psychiatrist, he kept the trumpet close, working with John Handy, Art Blakey, Johnny Griffin, Pharoah Sanders and Herbie Hancock.... and that's the short list!

Currently, in addition to his solo career, Henderson is also part of The Cookers.

Eddie credits his love for music to his mother, a Cotton Club dancer, with roommate Billie Holiday and best friend Lena Horne.

For Eddie Henderson's new release, Collective Portrait, he asked a who's who of jazz to join the party: alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, George Cables on piano and Rhodes, bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Carl Allen are along for this ten-tune effort that shows the modern-day skill and creativity of one of our best instrumentalists today.

They put new clothes on "Sunburst," a Henderson classic. "Dreams," the first tune Eddie wrote when he was with Art Blakey, shows up.

George Cables wrote "Morning Song" at Henderson's home in 1977; it first appeared on one of Eddie's fusion albums of that time. Old friends come together again here for a righteous revisit.

Duke Pearson's gem "You know I Care" is a testament to Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge." Henderson, a huge fan of friend Freddie Hubbard, does "First Light." It's a new dawn when this one's done.

There's a spirited smile for Miles with Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy," with five-cylinder satisfaction to make you move.

Dr. Eddie Henderson continues to reach for the ceiling only to discover there is no ceiling for him. Collective Portrait comes out at Amazon and elsewhere January 20th. Coming off some fabulous performances at the recent Winter Jazz Fest, the Eddie Henderson Quintet plays Smoke in New York on February 8th.

   - Gary Walker, WBGO music director

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