83 year old trumpeter and flugelhorn player Eddie Henderson, one of the very few artists around which you might describe as legendary, will be the topic of a new documentary called “Dr. Eddie Henderson: Uncommon Genius”. It will have its world premiere at Smoke Jazz Club, where Eddie has frequently performed over the years, on February 7th. After the screening and a discussion about the movie, there will be a duo performance by Eddie and his longtime collaborator George Cables on piano. George plays on the album as well, as are Donald Harrison on sax, Gerald Cannon on bass, and Lenny White on drums. The band will play Smoke from February 8th until the 11th. Lenny White by the way played drums on Eddie’s very first album from 1973 called “Realization” which also featured Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin, Buster Williams, and Billy Hart.
His latest album on the Smoke Sessions label, “Witness To History”, came out last September. It is another exciting and lively album from the trumpet meister with original songs and some standards thrown in, like “Born To Be Blue” or a beautiful version of “It Never Entered My Mind”. Eddie also takes on the Eddie Harris classic “Freedom Jazz Dance” and finds finesse and new poignancy on the Lee Morgan tune “Totem Pole”. The good news is that the album will have its vinyl release on February 2nd.
You might want to check out the “Witness To History” video below and make sure to get your vinyl copy!