Featuring the auditory combination of the bass, drums, piano, and Joe Henderson on the tenor saxophone, Tetragon is an album that highlights Henderson’s soulful horn perfectly. If you were to think of this album as a meal, you could say that Joe Henderson’s sound is a perfectly cooked meat on top of a beautiful complementary garnish and a nice wine paring. Though Henderson is the obvious standout, pianists Kenny Barron and Don Friedman play a great complementary role, as well as Louis Hayes and Jack DeJohnette on drums, and the great Ron Carter on Bass.
Henderson’s saxophone goes through a wide range of emotion on this album. An abstract, free flow style can be heard in The Bead Game, while Waltz For Zweetie is soothing and smooth, demonstrating the wide range of Henderson’s style and approach to recording. Henderson, who was very well revered in the jazz community, was guided by names such as Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, and of course Charlie Parker, and in this album, you may hear glimpses of all of them, but it is Joe Henderson’s sound which stands alone.
(Photo by Francis Wolff)
Written by @Haylow