From November 14 to 16 in 1985, the Joe Henderson trio held court at the Village Vanguard for a legendary 10-set engagement, some of which was recorded for Blue Note and released in 1986 as two volumes under the declarative banner The State of the Tenor. The saxophone titan was 48 at the time and sat comfortably at the top of the heap among his peers.
The great pugilist of the instrument, his muscular approach was reflective of the brash sensibility of the '80s; the heavy hitters joining him onstage, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster, complemented Henderson's take-no-prisoners style with a sense of airy restraint, swinging big when they needed to fill in the negative space.
Newly remastered for vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
"...features Henderson in top form...The State of the Tenor is well worth acquiring." -Scott Yanow, allmusic.com
Remastered & reissued as part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary campaign
Includes special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note Titles
First run pressings to include Blue Note 75th logo on back of package
Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone
Ron Carter, bass
Al Foster, drums
2. Friday the Thirteenth
3. Happy Reunion
1. Loose Change
2. Ask Me Now