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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00004YTWI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Joe Henderson and Kenny Dorham formed a remarkable partnership on several early 1960s Blue Note records, the younger tenor saxophonist's ruggedly bristling, twisting lines finding an effective foil in the veteran trumpeter's keening sound and pointed economy. Our Thing, from 1963, followed Henderson's Page One and Dorham's Una Mas in the series, and the closeness shows in the aplomb with which they navigate each other's challenging tunes. Henderson was already developing an "inside-outside" approach, moving in and out of chord changes with broad freedom, adding split-tones to his phrases with telling effect on his own "Teeter Totter" and on Dorham's beautiful "Escapade." He gets added stimulus from Andrew Hill, a highly original pianist who's making his recording debut here. Whether he's soloing or comping, Hill has a knack for abstracting the contours of a piece, adding close-voiced chords and sudden flashes of melody to point in other directions. Dorham's "Pedro's Time" is a long blues with a Latin feel that recalls his "Una Mas" or "Blue Bossa," and it highlights the fine playing of bassist Eddie Kahn and drummer Pete La Roca. --Stuart Broomer

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Originally released on CD in 1989, Joe Henderson's "Our Thing" was one of the scandalous casualties of Capitol/EMI's deletion axe in the early 90s. While it briefly resurfaced a few years back in the Blue Note Collector's Choice reprint program, the majority of the jazz buying public has had a limited chance, if any, to purchase this great album. Luckily that all changes with "Our Thing's" permanent return to the catalog as part of the RVG series. This remarkable session from September 1963 features Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Andrew Hill on piano, Eddie Kahn on bass, Pete La Roca on drums, and of course Henderson on tenor sax. Kenny and Joe had teamed up before on "Page One," and would again on Dorham's "Una Mas." While this collaboration might seem like an odd one, the results are nothing short of magical. Of equal importance to this recording is the very modern, free-flowing rhythm trio of Hill, Kahn and La Roca, who support and join the frontline in an exploratory foray, more akin to Hill's "Black Fire" (on which Henderson played tenor) than on Henderson's previous album as a leader, "Page One." The disc's compositions are all originals, split between Henderson ("Teeter Totter" and "Our Thing") and Dorham ("Pedro's Time," "Back Road" and "Escapade"). The CD also features an alternate take of "Teeter Totter" that was not on the original vinyl. Without question "Our Thing" is a classic -- you should make it your thing too.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on March 7, 2004
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This isn't one of the most celebrated Blue Notes--not even one of Joe Henderson's most celebrated albums--but it's nonetheless a great date. It's got one of the most interesting batches of compositions of any Henderson disc--two cookers by Joe (the title track & "Teeter Totter") & three gentler pieces by Kenny Dorham, the other horn on the date. All the tunes have strange, awkward structures & chord changes that don't lead where you expect. -- However good the front line is, what makes this disc is the exceptional rhythm-section work. Pete La Roca's endlessly springy, tuneful drumming is a highlight; Andrew Hill, as usual, sounds very different from the dourer pianist of his recordings as a leader: he sounds looser, funkier, though still as intelligent & slippery a soloist as ever, with those weird sliding runs across the keyboard. The combo of La Roca & Hill gives this disc a sunnier, more upbeat feel than those contemporary Henderson discs that draw on the fury of the Coltrane quartet via the inclusion of Tyner &/or Jones in the rhythm section.
This is a really welcome reissue in the RVG series, especially with the addition of an alternate take of "Teeter Totter", worth having for (among other things) Kenny Dorham's cheeky mimicry of Dizzy Gillespie at one point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G B on February 21, 2014
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Though not nearly as well-known or popular as Page One, Our Thing is in my opinion a stronger album. In fact, I'd say it's the second-best album he made for Blue Note, after the classic Inner Urge. As with Page One and In'N'Out, the front line is the wonderful partnership of Joe with the older trumpeter, Kenny Dorham (who also contributes some excellent compositions). But unlike Page One, which falls very comfortably into the hard bop category, Joe's affinity with the jazz avant-garde starts popping up here. He takes a lot more chances with his playing than he did on the debut, and the presence of Eddie Khan and Andrew Hill in the rhythm section gives the whole album a looser, more adventurous feel. Hill in particular is fantastic on piano. If I had to pick my favorite tunes, I'd select "Teeter Totter" (which reminds me a little of the Coleman-Cherry quartet) and "Escapade" (one of those beautiful melancholy Dorham melodies). Don't miss this one!
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