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The State of the Tenor Vol. 1 & 2 - Live at the Village Vanguard (1985)

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The first of two LPs documenting tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson's engagement at the Village Vanguard in 1985 (with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster) features Henderson in top form on six selections. Highlights include "Beatrice," Thelonious Monk's rarely performed "Friday the Thirteenth," "Ask Me Now" and "Isotope." All of the music from the two volumes (plus two additional selections) has been reissued on the double CD The State of the Tenor and is well worth acquiring. ~ Scott Yanow