Apr 10, 2014
Fifty Years ago today, Joe Henderson cut one of his most celebrated albums for Blue Note, In 'n Out. The album was the third of five releases Henderson would have on that label as a leader, although he recorded dozens of classic sessions for the likes of Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, Bobby Hutcherson, Grant Green and Horace Silver in the mid-sixties,
As with most Blue Note session of the day, the recording took place at Rudy Van Gelder’s studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The all-star band was Henderson on sax, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Richard Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Having a Coltrane-centric rhythm section was a plus for Henderson that day, particularly on the title track, where the drums and piano set up Joe for a blistering solo.
The original release had five tracks, three by Henderson and two by Dorham. An alternate take of the title track appears on a CD reissue. Henderson would record another great record for Blue Note in 1964, returning to Jersey to record the quartet album Inner Urge. Tyner and Jones were there again, along with Sonny Rollins’ bass player Bob Cranshaw.