A friend just pointed out that this is the birthday of Joe Henderson (1937-2001). The Rifftides time clock says that I'm punched out for the holiday, but to post a remembrance of Joe I'm sneaking past the security guards and putting up this remarkable performance of a piece associated nearly as closely with Henderson as with the man who wrote it, Kenny Dorham
. The initial recording of Blue Bossa" was in 1963 with Dorham on Page One
, Henderson's debut as a leader. It was the first of a remarkable series of Blue Note albums they made together. Perhaps it is not out of the question to imagine that during this 1964 performance in Munich, Henderson was thinking of his old pal. He is the only soloist, soaring on the support he gets from bassist George Mraz, drummer Al Foster and pianist Bheki Mseluku and ending with a quixotic coda—two of them, in fact.
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