Eddie Henderson "Oasis" [SJL1015]
"Music, like life itself, is a journey of discovery and triumph" says Eddie Henderson in the liner notes to this exhilarating recording. With this philosophy in mind Eddie has taken a stunning collection of individual "tales" and woven them into one triumphant, living story.
Supported by what has become his long-term working band, Eddie Henderson always brings something fresh and invigorating to his musical excursions. This is Eddie at his best, exploring the musical terrain with an adventurous spirit and well-honed dexterity.
Eddie Henderson was born October 1940 in New York. Both parents were part of the established music scene - his father was a singer (Bill Williams and the Charioteers) while his mother sang and danced alongside the stars at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club. After being widowed his mother moved the young Eddie Henderson to the west coast where she married a doctor, settling in the Bay area of San Francisco. As a child he experienced many musicians staying at his house including Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington. Eddie started to learn the trumpet at age ten. Miles Davis acted as mentor after hearing Eddie play some of his (Miles) tunes, encouraging the teenager to find his own voice. His parents wanted a different career for Eddie and he compromised by qualifying as a doctor at Howard University while playing summer gigs with Joe Henderson, Philly Joe Jones and others. He jumped at the chance to play music full-time when offered a job with Herbie Hancock. Eddie played in Hancock's ground- breaking Mwandishi sextet for three years 1970- 73. Moved on to join Pharoah Sanders then later Art Blakey's band for a brief spell.
In 1975 Eddie opted to continue a dual role – practising medicine and playing jazz - before moving back to New York in the mid-eighties where he gradually focused full-time on his music, giving-up medicine completely at the end of the 1980's.
He established his own quintet sound with Kevin Hays (piano), Ed Howard (bass) Joe Locke (vibes) and Lewis Nash (drums) and during the 90’s recorded critically acclaimed albums for Steeplechase and Milestone. This quintet is one of the longest running working bands in jazz – over ten years. (Billy Drummond replacing Lewis Nash on drums). He continues to record/tour with Herbie Hancock and occasionally with other former members of Mwandishi.