Joe Henderson

The Elements

  • OJCCD913
  • Release Date: August 9th 2017
  • $18.99

Alice Coltrane teamed with Joe Henderson for this 1973 jazz classic, an album where each member’s playing is in service of a single, cosmic statement of music. The Elements is a sort of concept album—its four tracks are titled “Fire,” “Air,” “Water,” and “Earth.” The music is an unusual assemblage of open-ended blowing, loping funk, and drone, with a heavy emphasis on sounds and scales from North Africa, the Middle East, and India. The live interplay is important, but a metallic studio crispness provides an intriguing tint: Henderson’s horn is often processed electronically and obvious tape splices and overdubs appear throughout.