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Artist’s Choice: Ralph Peterson on Joe Henderson

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.

Ralph Peterson at 2010 Cape May Jazz Festival

Ten recordings are hardly enough to properly identify all the important contributions made by one of the most original voices on the tenor saxophone. I first heard Joe when I was around 19, and I didn’t really like him because I couldn’t hear him yet. As my musical IQ has increased over the years so has my love for Joe Hen. His recordings continue to inspire and provide a beacon of excellence to work toward with my own music.


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