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The trumpet and flugelhorn player Dr. EDDIE HENDERSON (born in 1940 and also known in Mwandishi circles as Mganga) received his first casual trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong when he was nine years old, then went on, as a teenager, to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of music and performed with their symphony orchestra.

MILES DAVIS was a friend of the family (his step-father being Davis' doctor), and Henderson first met him in 1957. Davis, who was impressed, encouraged Henderson to pursue a career in music.

He studied zoology, then became a medical doctor; however, during his years of residency he kept playing part-time. He continued to study trumpet, and play gigs, with mentors such as FREDDIE HUBBARD and LEE MORGAN.

A week-long gig with HERBIE HANCOCK's Mwandishi band resulted in three years of Mwandishi work from 1970 to 1973. He also performed with MAX ROACH, ART BLAKEY, DEXTER GORDON, JOE HENDERSON, JACKIE McLEAN, ROY HAYNES, McCOY TYNER and many other jazz greats.

Following his Hancock years, he worked a great deal with PHAROAH SANDERS, NORMAN CONNORS, and ART BLAKEY's Jazz Messengers. He continued his involvement with various Mwandishi players.

His first album under his name, the, I think, amazing "Realization" was released in 1973 and is a Mwandishi album in musical essence, conceptualisation, and in terms of the musicians involved. There were a number of albums by different Mwandishi players that can be thought of as extensions of the Hancock Mwandishi trilogy, and this may well be, in my opinion, the greatest. Other Mwandishi artists who released albums that can be considered part of the Mwandishi concept include BENNIE MAUPIN ("Slow Traffic to the Right") and JULIAN PRIESTER (Love, Love). NORMAN CONNORS ("Love from the Sun") is often linked with these albums, and Mwandishi artist BUSTER WILLIAM's "Pinnacle" is one to get if interested in "Mwandishi".

In 1974 he released "Inside Out", which is another essential Mwandishi extension. It is a more funk / groove driven album than its predecessor, but still has that very similar space-jazz sound.

In 1975, Henderson released the, I think excellent, "Sunburst". He had moved from Capricorn Records to Blue Note, and while I still put it in the space fusion camp, it can be seen as a transitional album between his cosmic jazz fusion period and his rather more mainstream jazz-funk fusion period.

In 1976 he released "Heritage", which, whil...
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4.72 | 17 ratings
Realization
1973
3.97 | 10 ratings
Inside Out
1974
3.37 | 8 ratings
Sunburst
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Heritage
1976
4.00 | 1 ratings
Comin' Through
1977
4.00 | 1 ratings
Mahal
1978
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Runnin' To Your Love
1979
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Phantoms (as Eddie Henderson Quintet)
1994
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Flight Of Mind ( as Eddie Henderson Quartet)
1994
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Think On Me ( as Eddie Henderson Quintet)
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
A Tribute To Lee Morgan
1994
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Inspiration
1995
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Dark Shadows
1995
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Dreams Of Gershwin ( as Eddie Henderson Quintet)
1998
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Reemergence (as Eddie Henderson Quintet)
1999
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Oasis
2001
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So What
2002
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Time And Spaces
2004
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Manhattan In Blue ( as Eddie Henderson Quintet)
2005
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Precious Moment ( as Eddie Henderson Project)
2006

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Encontro Em Lisboa (In Concert in Lisbon)
2000
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Echoes: Live At The Sunside (as Eddie Henderson Quartet)
2006

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1999
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2000
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Anthology, Vol. 2: The Capricorn Years: Realization/Inside Out
2003

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 Sunburst by HENDERSON, EDDIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.37 | 8 ratings

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Sunburst
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by stefro
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4 stars A former alumni of both Herbie Hancock and Pharoah Sanders, trumpeter Eddie Henderson belongs to that small group of first-rate performers who lit up the early part of the 1970's with their quicksilver fusion of jazz and rock. Essentially in the same stylistic mould as Billy Cobham, Lenny White, Miles Davis and Hancock, Henderson issued his first solo album, 'Realization', in 1973 before subsequently enjoying a steady stream of work over the next three decades as both main-man and side player. However, for the best of Henderson as a solo performer look no further than his stellar 1975 album, which blends funky rhythms, spacey fusion soundscapes and classic jazz-rock ingredients into a refreshingly upbeat whole. Featuring a slightly more commercial sound than Billy Cobham's first two LP's but still firmly rooted in the classic 1970's fusion style, 'Sunburst' treads a slick line between attention-grabbing funk strut and progressive-tinged space-bop, the album gradually moving through from the playful opener 'Explodition', to the beautiful galactic swirls of 'Involuntary Bliss', the dense, star-kissed synth-jazz of the title-track, and eventually, to the blissed-out psych- fusion of album highlight 'Galaxy'. The longer 'Sunburst' plays, the deeper into progressive territory you get. As a result, 'Sunburst' proves a dazzling slices of early-seventies fusion, both for the jazz-funk crowd and all you lovers of Miles Davis and McLaughlin's Mahavishnu crew. Certainly up there with the likes of 'Spectrum', 'Big Fun' and 'Crossings', 'Sunburst' may well be the peak of Henderson's impressive career. The only problem? At the time of writing, 'Sunburst' isn't available on CD. Pity. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2013

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 Realization by HENDERSON, EDDIE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.72 | 17 ratings

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Realization
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Guldbamsen
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5 stars Urban space funk fusion

In keeping with my recent crush on all things Mwandishi, I thought it was about time Eddie Henderson received his fair slice of the pie. I think it rather strange, that albums such as Sextant and Crossings are held in high esteem - both of them ornamenting the top 20 of the fusion chart, when Realization, whilst still boasting the same players ie Herbie Hancock, Billy Hart, Bennie Maupin, Pat Gleeson, Buster Williams, and Lenny White - gets next to nothing in terms of marketing. The fact of the matter is, that just like many other people who visit the forum here, I too learned of this album through Greg(Logan. The man with a thing for Sean Connery in red leather), who has been promoting this record ever since the battle of Waterloo.

For those of you who are into the Mwandishi sound, that is highly experimental fusion not unlike that you'd encounter on a Miles Davis album from around the same time, then you should be placing your order of this one right now. Realization is undeniably part of the big powerful and abstract boom of skilled jazz musicians breaching out in whatever psych/funk/rock constellation that sounded good to them. It's deep jungle music this - it throws you into the hot perspiring trance mode - jigging, swaying, bouncing and bobbing. Especially on this very release, you get the gist of what Herbie later on would crystallize in form of Head Hunters. The funky feel just shines through - making Realization one of the more easy approachable Mwandishi albums - at least according to my ears. Though not entirely funk per se, the way the drums and bass intertwine, compliment each other and just flat out zoom, writhe, contort and heave the actual rhythm side of things is downright masterly.

The trumpet of Henderson is easy recognisable. It stutters majestically on top of the proceedings - cockadooodling wildly over the music like an inspired rooster at sun-dawn. All through Realization the trumpet is never far away, either spreading some light whispering notes over loosely played electric piano bits - or up front in your face pachyderm warning calls. Teamed up with a definitively more spacey expression than Maupin's Jewel in the Lotus - much credited to Gleeson's murky and worming electronics, Realization roams an altogether different part of this band's explorations. It isn't as avant guarde as the former though, which again points towards my initial thoughts about Realization: This one should indeed be a no-brainer, if one is considering checking out a Mwandishi record. It is by far the most welcoming of the lot - even more so than Crossings.

If any of you people should feel interested in trying out fusion with a distinctive spacey funk vibe to it - one that is performed by some of the most gifted musicians, then Realization is an easy bet. I listen to it whilst driving, chilling, making dinner, working out - or just when I'm making my way down the streets of the city, highly intoxicated by the wondrous kick I get out of this urban jungle music flowing through my body, all the while I'm sniffing in the cool of the night, the smell of gasoline - bobbing along to the city beat like a real life McCoy hooked on jazz rock and the starry night city groove.

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 Sunburst by HENDERSON, EDDIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.37 | 8 ratings

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Sunburst
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars 'Sunburst' is Henderson's third album and the first that he released after the 1972 'Mwandishi' sessions that led to his first two albums. The line-up still features various members from the Mwandishi line-up, bar notable absentee Herbie Hancock. The music is quite different though. The year is 1975 and fusion had lost much of its edge and experimentalism, and as a result lost much of it appeal for me.

This album largely follows the main taste of the day, with funky fusion and shorter 'catchy' compositions, at least compared to the free-jazz based improvisations and psychedelic sound of the early 70's. There are still some traces of Henderson's earlier spacey sound, the title track and 'Galaxy' are excellent examples. Also his emotive trumpet playing remained intact. But the main part of the album can be put in the section 'energetic funk fusion with brilliant musicianship'. And by brilliant musicianship I never mean dazzling solos or 'speed of light' finger exercise, but rather the concentrated and dynamic interplay that the band achieved here. Some of the tracks weigh a bit too light for me though, and despite their obvious qualities, I can go without easier going pieces like 'Hop Scotch' or 'Involuntary Bliss'.

I believe this is a very good album from its era but compared to Henderson's previous album I will need to settle for 3.5. Recommended if you want a more accessible introduction to Henderson's superb trumpet playing.

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 Inside Out by HENDERSON, EDDIE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.97 | 10 ratings

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Inside Out
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Bonnek
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4 stars Henderson's second solo album was recorded in October 1973, only half a year after his brilliant "Realization". The line-up remained unchanged but for the drum position, this time occupied by Eric Gravat and Billy Hart. The rest of the band are his Mwandishi cohorts, Herbie Hancock included.

The music is still of the psychedelic experimental kind but the change in drummers brought in more groove. At times the rhythms almost sound like 90s drum&bass dance music. Henderson's trumpet is the main soloing instrument and it transports these intricate break-beat rhythms to higher, almost spacey realms. The dazzling opener is a perfect representative of the new style and one of the most accomplished pieces of the album.

The second half of the album starts with the more experimental "Dreams", a more free-jazz inclined piece that provides a welcome variation to the more accessible and funkier material around it. The word "funky" must be taken with a grain of salt though, don't expect the heavily syncopated rhythms of the title track in a club near you any time soon.

I must admit I had neglected this album at first; it is issued on 1 CD with the dazzling "Realization" and after hearing that masterpiece I rather choose for a bit of silence rather then another 40 minutes of just slightly less amazing material. But that's not fair, it's entirely excellent in its own right.

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 A Tribute To Lee Morgan by HENDERSON, EDDIE album cover Studio Album, 1994
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A Tribute To Lee Morgan
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Eddie Henderson's tribute to one of his strong influence - trumpeter Lee Morgan. All the team is of highest quality,sound is pure acoustic, and compositions are played not too far from originals.

What means - excellent jazz band plays hard-bop and post-bop jazz and it sounds almost like it would be year 1965, not 1995. Very few soul elements added don't change the sound radically.

It's not easy to speak about such release there - even according to modern jazz standard (for 1994, year of release) such music should be tagged as vintage. For PA, pure acoustic post- bop is far from any relation with jazz fusion at all.

So - album obviously for jazz lovers only. But if you like such music - this release is really good!

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Sunburst
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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3 stars Eddie Henderson's solo debut was excellent fusion album, one between best that genre releases of all time. Two years (and one album) later recorded " Sunburst" is really good album, but not on the same league.

Some line-up changes happened; there is no more Herbie Hancock on board (he is replaced by very capable keyboardist George Duke, but not the same league as well). Between other newcomers you can find Julian Priester on reeds and new electric bassist Alphonso Johnson. Still a very "star" line-up!

Music there is similar to their debut, but main (and important) change is funky rhythms. For sure, it was common trend in early 70-s, and Eddie Henderson's record isn't exception. But as result they loosed spacey and slightly psychedelic atmosphere for the favor of funk (same happened with Hancock's solo albums as well). But with that changes music missed part of its magic, became possibly more accessible, but not such excellent. Somewhere on second album's part you will hear even openly cheesy compositions!

Good album, but far from excellent debut and strong second album! My rating is 3+.

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 Realization by HENDERSON, EDDIE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.72 | 17 ratings

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Realization
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

5 stars Realization is the first of two Eddie Henderson albums that were recorded by the Mwandishi band, known from Herbie Hancock's highly acclaimed early 70s albums. Only the drummer got substituted. The music is very similar to that on Crossings and Sextant , and features very elaborate psychedelic jazz fusion.

The main difference with the albums released under Hancock's name is the focus on Henderson's trumpet playing. Clearly influenced by Miles Davis, Henderson blows our breath away with his emotional strikes and stabs on the instrument, expressing pain as easily as joy or sadness. The rhythm section provides a very involved and engaging backbone, that, just like the Hancock albums, borders on funk but is still too complex and stubborn to groove as easily as later and more accessible mid 70s fusion albums.

Talking about gems, this one takes the cake. And best of all it's easy and cheap to get as it is paired with Henderson's other Mwandishi album Realization on one CD that I bough for a mere 6.55£. Easily my best bargain in years.

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 Realization by HENDERSON, EDDIE album cover Studio Album, 1973
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Realization
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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5 stars I honestly believe Hancock's "Mwandishi" Trilogy's albums are possibly the best jazz fusion recordings ever. "Realiztion" is the album ,played by the same Hancock's Mwandishi team, with RTF drummer Lenny White only added. The main difference between albums released under Hancock's name and Eddie Henderson's solo is that there on this album Eddie is soloing trumpeter on the front of the sound.

Music in general is very in Mwandishi key with spacey keyboards, slightly psychedelic sound, excellent musicianship of all collaborators (including great Lenny White drumming) and Miles Davis inspired Eddie Henderson trumpet soloing. In fact, you can think about this album's music as Mwandishi with soloing trumpeter recordings.

The time is right for such experimental jazz fusion, and all musicians are on the top of their technical and artistic form. So - you have there absolutely great album, must have release for any listener, interested in best ever jazz fusion music for his collection.Masterpiece!

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 Inside Out by HENDERSON, EDDIE album cover Studio Album, 1974
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Inside Out
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Like Eddie Henderson's debut this is very much in the "Mwandishi" spirit as we once again get Herbie Hancock's sextet, but instead of additional drum help from Lenny White, this time it comes from Eric Gravatt. Eric played with WEATHER REPORT and is on their first live album. I have to mention as well that Terry Bozio stated that the first time he saw Eric drum in San Fransisco it changed his life, he had never seen that kind of intensity from a drummer before. We also get some congas from Bill Summers, who was one of the "Headhunters". Eddie writes all but two of the tracks just like on the debut. Bennie Maupin wrote the first and last track on this album.

"Moussaka" opens with spacey sounds and flute. It changes before a minute as drums, horns and bass take over. It settles then kicks back in before 3 minutes. Piano from Herbie after 4 minutes. "Omnipresence" is a short tune with piano melodies as horns play over top. The horns eventually take over as the drums rumble.

"Discoveries" is laid back but it's building. Great sound 2 minutes in.Intense. It does settle back down. There is so much going on in the next track "Fusion" as the trumpet plays over top. Excellent tune. "Dreams" opens with bass as horns come and go. The drums are outstanding here. Piano comes and goes too. "Inside Out" is the title track and the longest one at almost 9 1/2 minutes. Nice bass intro as a beat comes in with horns and keyboards. The bass shines throughout. "Exit #1" has some atmosphere to it as it slowly plays out.

Not as good as the debut but it's certainly a 4 star album. Man these guys had an adventerous spirit, willing to be experimental and different from the norm.

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4.72 | 17 ratings

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Realization
Eddie Henderson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I became aware of this project by Eddie Henderson through of one of Logan's polls.Thankyou again Logan. I must admit I was surprised to see the lineup on this album, I mean it's the same "Mwandishi" band lineup that released 3 albums under Herbie Hancock's name. The only difference here is that Eddie is calling the shots, although both Hancock and Maupin composed tracks here as well. There's no question the style of music here is of the same spirit as those 3 "Mwandishi" albums, plus throw in a Miles Davis flavour and you can imagine how good this is. I should mention that drummer Lenny White is the only non-Mwandishi member playing on this record. Man this is adventerous music though. Pat Gleeson with his crazy synth work along with Henderson and Maupin blasting away on their horns. Herbie adds electric piano, clavinet and organ.The drumming is outstanding and the bass is right in your face at all times.

"Scorpio-Libra" opens with cymbals, bass and keyboards as horns blow over top.The sound becomes pretty intense. Check out the drums and bass 6 minutes in. Spacey synths end it. This music is so hard to describe because it's ever changing as different instruments come and go. "Mars In Libra" opens with chunky bass, drums and horns standing out. Check out Maupin and Henderson going at it. So much going on here. How intense is this 3 minutes in. Synths follow.

"Anua" is the first non-Henderson composition.This was created by Maupin. It's laid back to start and takes a while to get going. Flute here too. Horns and synths eventually change this mood. Piano comes to the fore 4 1/2 minutes in. The synths are crazy. It turns back to that laid back sound to end it. Cool tune. "Spiritual Awakening" is a short 2 1/2 minute tune that is spacey with horns coming in later. "Revelation Realization" is Herbie's composition. Horns, bass, drums and spacey synths lead the way. A spacey calm settles in around 5 minutes and stays to the end.

Easily 4 stars.The more I concentrate on this music the more impressed I get.

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