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Inside You

An important member of Herbie Hancock's early 70s space-jazz outfit, trumpeter Eddie Henderson pioneered his own brand of Miles Davis-styled fusion in the mid 70s.  He had studied medicine in California before deciding to pursue a music career, and built his name by playing with Joe Henderson and Tyrone Washington prior to joining Hancock. 

Following the dissolution of Hancock's sextet, Henderson recorded a couple of LPs for Capricorn that met with modest success.  When he moved to Blue Note, Henderson found a sympathetic producer in Skip Drinkwater, who encouraged Henderson to indulge his interest in On the Corner-era Miles Davis.  The albums Sunburst and Heritage, recorded with musicians like Patrice Rushen, George Duke, and Harvey Mason, are masterpieces of  funky fusion and contain the sample cuts "Kudu" and "Kumquat Kids."

In the late 70s, Henderson switched to Capitol Records.  While he smoothed out his sound (perhaps in an effort to make him into a commercial star ala Donald Byrd), he continued to work with Drinkwater and enlisted the services of heavyweights Mtume, Paul Jackson and Bennie Maupin.  His two Capitol LPs produced the fusion classics "Say You Will" and a new version of Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly."  Mahal in particular was noted for having apperances by the Headhunters, including Herbie Hancock.

During the 80s, Henderson devoted time to his psychiatry practice (remember, he was a doctor), leaving many people to assume he'd given up playing.   But he returned to recording in the 90s, having been acknowledged as one of the elder statesmen on the trumpet.  A compilation of his Blue Note and Capitol recordings was released to much acclaim in 2000.

Eddie Henderson's Deepest Grooves

Realization (Capricorn, 1973)

Inside Out (Capricorn, 1973)

Sunburst (Blue Note, 1975)

Heritage (Blue Note, 1975)

Comin' Through (Capitol, 1977)

Mahal (Capitol, 1978)

Running to Your Love (Tower, 1979)

Inspiration (Milestone, 1994)

Flight of Mind (Steeplechase, 1994)

Dark Shadows (Milestone, 1995)

Reemergence (Sharp Nine, 1999)

Anthology (Soul Brother, 2000)

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