May 21, 2018
Ahead of Henderson and The Cookers live in London this week.
Genre-spanning American jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson got his ‘big break’ playing with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band in the early 1970s. (Up until that point Henderson was on course to become a doctor.)
Henderson then went on to collaborate with musicians including Pharoah Sanders and Art Blakey; to date, he’s released 24 solo albums alone.
“Eddie Henderson is one of those sacred musicians who appears on some of jazz music’s key moments, from the horn line shared with Carlos Garnett on Norman Connors’ version of ‘Mother of the Future’ to his iconic solo on Pharoah’s ‘You’ve Got to Have Freedom’…”
Eddie Henderson follows the line set by Miles and Freddie Hubbard… and following his ground breaking Mwandishi work with Herbie Hancock went on to make some key fusion records mixing disco and funk that proved an early entry point for so many of us.
He continues to follow in the classic tradition through his Cookers project and his always ‘on point’ solo albums.
Eddie is all about the music and the craft and the community – we salute you sir.”
1. Gartz / Henderson / Connors – Naima (Live in Japan)
2. Eddie Henderson – Kudu
3. The Cookers – Sir Galahad
4. Gary Bartz – Carnival de L’espirit
5. Eddie Henderson – Time and Space
6. Eddie Henderson – Footprints
7. Eddie Henderson – Dark Shadow
8. Herbie Hancock – Ostinato (Suite for Angela)
9. Eddie Henderson – Explodition
10. Eddie Henderson – Say You Will
11. Eddie Henderson – Cyclops
12. Eddie Henderson – Inside You
13. Azar Lawrence – Summer Solistice
14. Leon Thomas & Gary Bartz – Sunflowers (featuring Eddie Henderson)
15. Norman Connors – Mother of the Future
16. Eddie Henderson – Prance On
Illustration by Raimund Wong.