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Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (Smoke Sessions)

The opener, Kenny Barron’s “Smoke Screen,” sets the tone: Dancing at the crossroads where the spirits of hard bop, soul jazz, and funk intermingle, it’s nonetheless compromised by a curious feeling of restraint. “Cool” used to mean externally unflappable but with an underlying acuity born of awareness; too often here, it seems to denote little … Read More “Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (Smoke Sessions)”

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Eddie Henderson: For All We Know

Casual listening might dismiss For All We Know as background music. It has the swing and lyrical-but-airy atmosphere of the jazz quartet at your local Sunday Brunch special, and trumpeter-leader Eddie Henderson and guitarist John Scofield, while creative, practice considerable subtlety in their work. But subversive elements are at work on this superb record, and … Read More “Eddie Henderson: For All We Know”

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