Wednesday Jun 26

Eddie Henderson's Inspired Trumpet Sound

Eddie Henderson produces one of the most convincing jazz trumpet sounds since Clifford Brown. But his personal aesthetic is heavily grounded in the post-Coltrane acoustic adventures of the late '60s and early '70s. So Henderson occasionally sets forth somewhat abstracted melodic lines which, oddly enough, sound dated in today's neoclassic atmosphere.

But no matter. His compelling sound carries the day. Vibist Joe Locke has a similarly punchy sound, but he's so thinly recorded that he fades into background. Grover Washington, Jr. is a welcome guest on two tracks.