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Still Souled Out: The Jim Henderson Constellation

by Jim Henderson

Paying tribute to the saxophone masters who helped create rock 'n' roll and soul music, Jim Henderson combines the edgy energy of youth with fifty years' experience playing two saxophones at once in great American pop bands.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Night Train (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Ben Palmer, Morgan Davis & Brian Dennis)
4:24 $0.99
2. Tequila (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Ben Palmer, Morgan Davis & Brian Dennis)
2:48 $0.99
3. Hot Cha (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Greg Darden, Morgan Davis & Jeffrey Lee Campbell)
4:18 $0.99
4. Freedom Song (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Ben Palmer, Morgan Davis & Drew Lile)
3:06 $0.99
5. Harlem Nocturne (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Jonathan Henderson, Morgan Davis & Eric Kuhn)
4:09 $0.99
6. Chega de Saudade / Samba on the Veranda (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Andy Kleindienst, Jonathan Henderson, Rick Keena & John Westmoreland)
5:18 $0.99
7. Glad (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Ben Palmer, Morgan Davis & Brian Dennis)
3:56 $0.99
8. Walkin' with Mr. Lee (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Greg Darden, Morgan Davis & Jeffrey Lee Campbell)
4:39 $0.99
9. Bus Driver (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford & Eric Kuhn)
4:20 $0.99
10. The Hucklebuck (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Greg Darden, Morgan Davis & Jeffrey Lee Campbell)
5:32 $0.99
11. She Will Go (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Ben Palmer & Drew Lile)
3:33 $0.99
12. Cat Baby! Shuffle (feat. Tony Bowman, Beverly Botsford, Andy Church, Kenny Soule & Dave Smith)
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
It’s a simple matter of vowels, Jim once said: I get to do something instead of got to. His optimistic nature is activated by the exercise of a philosophical choice, and the smile on his face aptly conceals the substantial work that goes into producing it. You could say something similar about the music on this album: it’s hard to make it sound this easy. And every note is a chance to make a choice.

It isn’t surprising, then, that someone as cheerful as Jim has considered the eventual circumstances of his own death. That isn’t meant to be a morbid thought. It’s another matter of choice, or at least of awareness that although nearly all our breaths are involuntary, they’re finite. Why not ponder in mind and soul that one day we will take our last one? And why not, in the meantime, borrow a few? Jim will tell you that most of his playing honors the masters who inspired him to take up the saxophone more than fifty years ago. Some of his breaths were originally theirs.

No matter where they’re drawn from, our best and deepest breaths are voluntary: when we get to breathe, instead of got to. A man who plays a horn must in some way understand this. A man who plays two at once, as Jim can, must also understand that we have more breath, more life in us than we know. Jim puts an awful lot of himself into virtually everything he does, but never more than when he fills his mouth with a pair of saxophones and his two lung lobes with air, and makes twice the music anyone ought to be able to make. See his face then, consumed at once with full effort and full joy, and you see man getting to live two lifetimes, at one with himself.

Adam Sobsey, March 2018



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Annie Dwyer, dancer/choreographer

Under the midnight sky
Rocking, uplifting music that takes you on a rhythmic and soulful ride.....You will discover something new each time you listen!

Cher Holton

Superb Sax -- Great Tracks!
Jim Henderson is a master with incredible "sax-appeal!" This CD captures the great history of past masters, while keeping the music contemporary for today. I've actually witnessed Jim playing two saxes at once, and it is incredible. I highly recommend this CD for anyone who loves sax music. It is a classic!

Roger Foley

Take a ride on the Night Train...
I knew Jim Henderson back in the early 70’s and haven’t seen him since, but was pleasantly surprised to get this CD.

The sound of this album is very rich and full with a mix that is as clear as a bell. This is a great group of musicians who know each other well and they play in a style that is tight and loose at the same time. It’s a fun listen, very evocative, reminding me of music I heard on the radio in the 60’s, listening to those NYC stations in the dark before falling asleep. It all sounded so magical - just like this CD does now.

That’s certainly true for the first two tracks, Night Train and Tequila. I loved Henderson’s playing on Hot Cha – squeals and all. An irresistible groove on that song and on his original Freedom Song. Harlem Nocturne has that great gritty quality - Sam Spade walking down a rain-soaked city street, steam comeing up from the manhole covers. I have been listening to Getz/Jobim a lot recently, so I really enjoyed Chega de Saudade and how the sax effortlessly rides on that rhythm. They really nailed Traffic’s Glad. Listening to Walkin’ with Mr. Lee, I can almost smell the nightclub air full of booze and cigarette smoke. Bus Driver is pure fun! The Hucklebuck is cool personified. And She will Go is just gorgeous. The bonus track, Cat Baby! Shuffle, makes me want to hop in my car to go hear them play live.

And the liner notes are just as entertaining as the music. I enjoyed all the pieces of music history, his personal anecdotes about Stevie Winwood, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and about playing at topless bars at a tender age.

If you think you’d like a little trip on the Night Train back to the 50’s and 60’s, you’ll enjoy the ride.


Soulful and spirited!
Jim Henderson has outdone himself again in this wonderful constellation of classics. His soulful sax riffs and spirited rhythm section made me get up and dance!

jeffrey lee campbell

Sax that rocks!
In Do Stand So Close, my book about the year I spent as Sting's guitarist for the "Nothing Like the Sun" tour in 1987-88, I mention in the acknowledgments that "The world needs more Jim Hendersons." Jim's new recording of saxophones instrumentals, "Still Souled Out," is an example of why. His playing keeps alive the big sound and exuberant style of the sax players who helped define rock and soul.