Black Is the Color (album)

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Black Is the Color
Black Is the Color.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of August/early September 1972[1]
RecordedMarch or April 1972
Mercury Sound Studios, New York
MSP 9040
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Joe Henderson chronology
Joe Henderson in Japan
Black Is the Color

Black Is the Color is an album by American saxophonist Joe Henderson, released in 1972 on Milestone. The original idea for the album was "to approach it entirely from the standpoint of having no pre-conceived ideas (i.e., melodies, themes, bar lines, etc.) for the musicians to relate to."[2] However, after listening to a tape copy of one segment of the original session, the saxophonist "became aware of further possibilities. Making full use of 16-track tape, we could add to and improve upon what had already been recorded by multiple overdubbing of new parts, by myself and others, that would become permanent additions to the track."

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[3]
All About Jazz(mixed) [4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

All pieces by Joe Henderson.

  1. "Terra Firma" - 12:12
  2. "Vis-a-Vis" - 6:49
  3. "Foregone Conclusion" - 4:57
  4. "Black Is the Color (Of My True Love's Mind)" - 7:03
  5. "Current Events" - 5:36



  1. ^ Billboard Sep 2, 1972
  2. ^ Original liner notes by Joe Henderson
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. Black Is the Color at AllMusic
  4. ^ Spencer, Robert (1 June 1999). "Joe Henderson: In Pursuit of Blackness / Black is the Color". Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 88. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.