Joe Henderson – Black Is The Color


Black is the Color (of My True Love’s Mind): the holy effin’ grail of this era.  Core tracks recorded by Cables, Holland, & DeJohnette, then extensively overdubbing, including David Horowitz’ synthesizer, George Wadenius’ electric guitar, Airto’s percussion, & even a turn from DeJohnette on electric piano.  From the opening cut, the 12 minute “Terra Firma”, you know you’ve died & gone to Kozmigroov heaven.  Very similar to Miles of this era in terms of sonic overload, but more intricate & complex overall.  But it grooves like a motherfucker, too!  Great beyond words.  “Vis-a-Vis” is the only straight cut (no overdubs), but it just serves to nicely link to the past & show what a smoking session they had to play w/in the studio! “Foregone Conclusion” is a nice hard funk cut, intensely soulful, that quickly heads out into the stratosphere w/distorto-sax & electrobleepage aplenty.  “Black is the Color” is a pretty, layered ballad w/plenty of intense peaks; but proves to be the calm before the storm that is “Current Events”.  It starts w/some spooky electronic atmospherics & rain jungle percussion, some excellent quizzical bass soloing from Holland plays against the increasingly wild analog synth washes & pans, then Henderson comes in echoing & raging & everyone plays beautifully off of each other up to several stunningly wild finales.  One of the peak musical events of my life.

little preview:


01. Terra Firma
02. Vis-A-Vis
03. Foregone Conclusion
04. Black Is The Color (Of My True Love’s Mind)
05. Current Events

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One Response to “Joe Henderson – Black Is The Color”

  1. diego says:

    great work.thank you,my friend.enjoying your music in patagonia.big huge from the southern icefield

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