Joe Henderson : Our Thing

Joe Henderson : Our Thing


Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Andrew Hill (piano), Eddie Khan (bass), Pete LaRoca (drums)

Blue Note 4152

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Teeter Totter
2 - Pedro's Time
3 - Our Thing
4 - Back Road
5 - Escapade

Recorded on September 9, 1963, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Our Thing is the second album by Joe Henderson as a leader, released on Blue Note.

When Joe Henderson emerged out of nowhere in 1963 and was presented by trumpeter Kenny Dorham, it must have confused many in the jazz world. Henderson sounded nothing like John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins, he could play both hard bop and very free with ease, and he had his own musical vocabulary. While most jazz musicians spend their early years emulating their heroes, Henderson had his own distinctive sound and did not belong to any one style.

It is no wonder that Alfred Lion immediately signed him to Blue Note, for Henderson's originality was just what the hard bop world needed. On Our Thing, the great tenor performs his own brand of inside/outside music in a quintet with Dorham and Andrew Hill. His solos are stunning displays of virtuosity and ideas that still sound fresh today. Even over 45 years later, no one sounds like Joe Henderson.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.