The Elements

The Elements

by Joe HendersonJoe Henderson


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This is one of the odder Joe Henderson recordings. The four lengthy selections not only feature the great tenor-saxophonist but the piano and harp of Alice Coltrane (during one of her rare appearances as a sideman), violinist Michael White, bassist Charlie Haden, percussionist Kenneth Nash and Baba Duru Oshun on tablas. The somewhat spiritual nature of the music (Henderson's compositions are titled "Fire," "Air," "Water" and "Earth") and the presence of Alice Coltrane makes these Eastern-flavored performances rather unique if not all that essential: an early example of world music in jazz. This recording has been reissued as part of Henderson's eight-CD Milestone box set.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/1996
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218691321
catalogNumber: 913
Rank: 118799

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Henderson   Primary Artist,Flute,Piano,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Nash   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Gong,Vocals,Wood Flute,Narrator,African Bells,Indian Bells,Chinese Bells
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Alice Coltrane   Piano,Harmonium,Harp,Tambourine,Tamboura
Charlie Haden   Bass
Baba Duru Oshun   Percussion,Tabla
Michael White   Violin

Technical Credits

Kenneth Nash   Contributor
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Contributor
Richard Heenan   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Baba Duru Oshun   Contributor
Skip Shimmin   Remixing

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