Eddie Henderson – Be Cool 2LP


1. Smoke Screen
2. Be Cool
3. After You’ve Gone
4. Loft Funk
5. Fran Dance
6. The Moontrane
7. Naima
8. The Sand Castle Head Hunter
9. Nightride
10. Toys
11. Easy Living
12. Dla Juzi

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Limited Edition 140-gram+ double LP in gatefold tip-on jacket. Mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI. Includes liner notes by Nate Chinen and original photography by Jimmy Katz.

“With its sweet mix ballads and bop, BE COOL proves to be, for the moment, Henderson’s best.”
— Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz, 7 July 2018

“A textbook on how a band should, and could sound if everyone is on the right page and attitude…This album is a timeless work of art. Hang it up on your wall!”
— George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly, 21 May 2018


Before he walks out the door on his way to a gig, Eddie Henderson always gets two words of advice from his wife: be cool. The legendary trumpeter has taken that mantra to heart with his album “Be Cool,” which shows just how hot cool can get.

Of course, if you’re going to be cool it helps to surround yourself with the coolest of the cool, and Henderson has done just that: his smokin’ quintet also features saxophonist Donald Harrison, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Mike Clark. Together, the band conjures smoldering funk, lush ballads, broad-shouldered swing, and bristling bop — in all, a prismatic display of the many facets of cool.

Henderson asks the same of his sidemen; hence, Barron’s uncharacteristically funky “Smoke Screen,” which opens the album on a lively note. “Usually you don’t hear Kenny playing funky like that,” Henderson says. “He’s a consummate pianist and a consummate trio player, but he really rose to the occasion on this Horace Silver-type tune.”

From now on, Eddie Henderson has a ready response whenever his wife chimes in with her regular reminder. With scintillating interpersonal chemistry, tasteful but captivating soloing, and a stellar melodic sense, one spin of this album is enough to prove that Henderson has taken the words “Be Cool” deeply to heart.

released May 4, 2018

Eddie Henderson – trumpet
Donald Harrison – alto saxophone
Kenny Barron – piano
Essiet Essiet – bass
Mike Clark – drums

Recorded Live on October 31, 2017
at Sear Sound Studio C, New York City

Produced by Paul Stache
Associate Producer: Damon Smith
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Christopher Allen
Studio Assistant: Grant Valentine
Photography by Jimmy and Dena Katz
Performance photo by Natsuko Henderson
Liner Notes by Nate Chinen
Design by Damon Smith and Paul Stache

Kenny Barron appears courtesy of Impulse!

Executive Producers: Frank Christopher & Paul Stache

Weight 1.43 lbs