Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock
Henderson creates a thoughtful version of the Billy Strayhorn classic
The always-original and distinctive tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson had a renaissance late in his career, achieving the fame that had eluded him for decades.
One of his best-received recordings was a CD filled with Billy Strayhorn songs.
This performance, a duet with pianist Herbie Hancock, is from a special concert that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in a tent on the lawn of the White House on June 15, 1993; President Bill Clinton was among those enjoying the show.
Henderson plays Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” melodically and often out-of-tempo during this fascinating performance as if he was thinking aloud.
Joe Henderson, tenor
Herbie Hancock, piano
– Scott Yanow