New music is usually pretty great. The new Kendrick Lamar record that was released last week was insanely lit. Upon listening to it, I was thinking about all of the things that went into influencing this record. Obviously, some of the tracks, such as Untitled 5 and 6 have an incredible amount of jazz and soul influence. In dwelling on this influence, I was brought back to some of the jazz records that I love. There are a lot of them, but one that has been on my head lately is Joe Henderson’s record entitled “Tetragon.”
This record features a stacked lineup of monster jazz musicians. Joe Henderson, who is a legend in his own right, holds down the tenor saxophone. Kenny Barron, who to this day is still swinging as ever, takes up the piano chair in addition to Don Freeman. Two of the world’s best drummers, Louis Hayes and Jack Dejohnette, are on the drums and cymbals. Finally, the man himself, Ron Carter fills out the rhythm section. The quartet format of this record allows for each instrument’s voice to be heard clearly and concisely.
The first track is a standard written by Bronislaw Kaper entitled “Invitation.” There have been plenty of bands that have played and recorded this tune, but not quite like this. The slow, swinging tempo is soft but intense. In addition to a host of other great tracks, makes sure to check out the last track, which is another standard entitled “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”