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Montreal Tapes


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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000DYMTN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Round Midnight
2. All The Things You Are
3. In The Moment
4. Passport

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lucie75 on July 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What ? A gem ? More than that. A masterpiece !
During the Montreal festival and over the course of eight days (in July 1989) great double-bass player Charlie Haden (a man of conviction like Charles Mingus) performed with great musicians (pianists Paul Bley and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Paul Motian, and here, late tenor saxophone player Joe Henderson). The group also comprises superlative drummer Al Foster (reminding of Tony Williams). This album consists of
1) very famous Monk theme Round Midnight (12'00)
2) another famous standard the Kern/Hamerstein All The things You are (19'19)
3) an original by Charlie Haden free-like-tune (In the moment, 14'41)
4) and superlative and rare Charlie Parker's Passport (21'00). All in all the set is free enough for the musicians to interact with talent. No piano here. But they are used to. Joe Henderson had already recorded with the same killers (cf. "an evening with Joe Henderson" in 1987)... The result is beyond all I can write.
PS critics often reproached Joe for his dirty sound. I never knew what they meant... Here it's a strong, sometimes, harsh sound, Coltrane like, but no dirty sound... Joe was often lauded as a little master. But when you hear this Montreal Tape, you don't say he was a little master, you say he was a genuine MASTER. Another remark for those who are only used to the Verve recordings(mellower sound). On these Montreal Tapes, the sound might (will) "sound" different to you. To me it's fine, but to you it might sound harsher.
Anyway, for those like me who like the work of great Joe, this is one of HIS BEST (along with his trio with Ron Carter and Al Foster at The Village Vanguard, "State of The Tenor" (1985)+ An Evening with Joe Henderson(1987)...
Check out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Southern Man on October 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I love Charlie Haden's Quartet West recordings and I enjoy all the work I've heard by him. He may be the most innovative contemporary bassist and is a superb band leader to boot. Joe Henderson did not always get the critical respect he deserved, as witnessed by his excellent playing on this session.

This is a fine recording that effectively underscores why acoustic jazz is usually more compelling in a live, rather than studio, setting. The playing is warm and spirited throughout and Al Foster (drums) gets to really stretch out on a couple of occasions.

Unfortunately, "In The Moment" is the type of pure improvisation that comes across better in a concert setting than out of your stereo speakers. Nevertheless, a very worthwhile concert document overall.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Analyst on April 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing some samples and I thought it would be great, but I was a little disappointed. I am a big fan of Joe Henderson. I guess I respect Charlie Haden, but sometimes his pacing can be slow. I have seen Joe Henderson perform live (playing Ellington and Strayhorn tunes) in a trio with George Mraz and Al Foster and it was a lot livelier. It may be that Joe is mellowing out in deference to Charlie. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed Charlie's Quartet West featuring Ernie Watts over the years. They were great in person when I saw them. It may be that this combination of songs did not bring out the best from the group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Henrici on April 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Joe Henderson seemed to have a period of wide popularity during the late 80's and early 90's, greater than he enjoyed during his 60's heyday. I remember getting some of the recordings he made during this period and was'nt all that impressed, the only one I thought was ok was the one with McCoy Tyner. Then I discovered this '89 Montreal concert that had been recorded for radio broadcast but not officially released on cd until many years later. Well this is some of the better playing I've heard Joe Henderson do. The whole trio is great, Charlie Haden always remarkable on bass, and Al Foster drums- who also plays on Henderson's recording with McCoy Tyner (New York Reunion). Considering Haden's association with Ornette Coleman and Henderson's own ventures into modal playing one might think there would be more of an avant garde style to the performance, but the only out tune is "In the moment". Other than that this set reminds me more of Sonny Rollin's trio work of the late 50's and early 60's. Live recording quality is generally good- Joe wanders off mike a number of times, particularly during "Round Midnight" and there is an edit/fade out on "all the things you are" that I could have done without- why do they edit things out that would fit on the disc anyway, since it was recorded for radio the complete performance was recorded, why not release the complete performance? Anyway I digress. There are bass and/or drum solos on all tracks, which some may find tedious, but I thought the solos were all very good. I'd recommend this CD to any jazz fan who likes Henderson or Haden. I'd also suggest "Alone Together" which is a nice Bass/Sax/piano trio recording that Haden made with Lee Konitz (also recorded live).
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