Joe Henderson Recording Style

Satisfactory Essays
Briana Merritt
Music 131
November 9, 2016

Recording Review
Title: So Far So Near
Release Date: 1993
Label: Verve Records
Name: Joe Henderson
Cultural Heritage: American Jazz saxophonist
Liner Notes: The liner notes provide detail on the style Joe uses. It says how he uses harsh tones and blunt rhythms, and how his solos were “architectural” with recognizable elements. All these things added up to make Joe stand out and make is own style. Though he has he own style, “So Near, So Far” is a departure from his earlier work. Historically, in the 60’s Henderson stood in the shadow of people like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and a few others, but his records stood with the jazz world. The information given in the notes is enough to understand that Joe Henderson had his own style that may or may not have been influenced by the people worked for/with. These notes can be improved by providing more information on a visual aspect. Henderson’s music has a changing texture, and different form of rhythm.
Title: A Man and the Blues
Release Date: 1968
Label: Vanguard Records
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Most jazz songs are just instrumental, and blues music will almost always have lyrics. Blues originated in the late 19th century in the southern states of America. The typical instruments used were guitar, bass, piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone, and trumpet. The tone of blues is slow, sharp, saddening, and depressing with simple song progressions. The blues was birthed in Mississippi, Texas, and Chicago. As far as jazz, it started in the early 20th century in the southern states of America. The most used instruments are guitar, piano, bass, saxophone, drum, tuba, and the clarinet. The tone is jazz is generally associated with smoothness, but can also be abstract. It started in New Orleans, then moved its way up to Chicago and New
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