Charlie Parker said that “if you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn,” and on Eddie Henderson’s soulful, sublime and swingin’ new CD For All We Know (Furthermore Recordings, October 12) you can hear all of the inventions, dimensions, places and spaces of his artistry, which, like fine wine gets better as time goes by. Joining Henderson on this dynamic pianoless date are guitarist John Scofield, bassist Doug Weiss, and drummer Billy Drummond, moving and grooving on eight tracks of standards and original compositions.
“I didn’t use a piano this time, because John Scofield hired me a couple of years ago,” Henderson says, “and just the way he comps … you know he’s such a talented accompanist – it felt like a symphony orchestra. So I had no qualms about not using a piano. And then there’s Billy Drummond – he teaches at Julliard with me – I’ve known him for years. And he’s on a couple of my CD’s. He’s a wonderful player. And Doug Weiss, the bassist; I worked with him for many years. He was a staple in the Al Foster Quartet, and I worked with Al for three tours. I knew that the chemistry of John Scofield, Doug Weiss, and Billy Drummond would work. I learned this kind of awareness from Miles Davis: You listen before they even get together – whether one person plays ahead or behind the beat.” Continue reading