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About The Album
Of course, if you’re going to be cool it helps to surround yourself with the coolest of the cool, and Henderson has done just that: his smokin’ quintet also features saxophonist Donald Harrison, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Mike Clark. Together, the band conjures smoldering funk, lush ballads, broad-shouldered swing, and bristling bop — in all, a prismatic display of the many facets of cool.
Henderson asks the same of his sidemen; hence, Barron’s uncharacteristically funky “Smoke Screen,” which opens the album on a lively note. “Usually you don’t hear Kenny playing funky like that,” Henderson says. “He’s a consummate pianist and a consummate trio player, but he really rose to the occasion on this Horace Silver-type tune.”
From now on, Eddie Henderson has a ready response whenever his wife chimes in with her regular reminder. With scintillating interpersonal chemistry, tasteful but captivating soloing, and a stellar melodic sense, one spin of this album is enough to prove that Henderson has taken the words Be Cool deeply to heart.
Be Cool is available on deluxe CD album (8-panel gatefold digipak), 2 vinyl LPs (double tip-on gatefold vinyl pressed at RTI) and in audiophile 96khz/24bit digital download format. All formats feature original photography by Jimmy Katz and Natsuko Henderson and liner notes by Nate Chinen.
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