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JazzTimes 10: Great Saxophone Trio Albums

Listen to what can happen when the piano player takes a permanent stroll

A Night at the Village Vanguard by Sonny Rollins
A Night at the Village Vanguard by Sonny Rollins

Joe Henderson: State of the Tenor (Blue Note, 1985)

A key recording in Joe Henderson’s late-career resurgence, the two-volume State of the Tenor was also treated at the time as a definitive document for the neo-traditionalist era. Working with Ron Carter and Al Foster, Henderson trims the fat from jazz repertory tunes, the American Songbook, and his originals. He then examines the pieces from each angle, making stunning new discoveries in Ellington’s “Happy Reunion” and drawing as much inspiration from the traditional Parker-Gillespie introduction to “All the Things You Are” as from the standard itself.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.