Joe Henderson in Japan

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Joe Henderson in Japan
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Live album by Joe Henderson
Released End of April/early May 1971[1]
Recorded August 4, 1971
Venue Junk Club, Tokyo
Genre Jazz
Length 45:02
Label Milestone
MSP 9047
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Joe Henderson chronology
In Pursuit of Blackness
(1971)In Pursuit of Blackness1971
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Black Is the Color
(1972)Black Is the Color1972

Joe Henderson in Japan is a live album by American saxophonist Joe Henderson, released on Milestone Records in 1971. In the early 1970s jazz was not enjoying an explosion of popularity in the land of its birth. In Japan, the story was different. The country's jazz listeners came to the music full of appreciation that grows from deep knowledge, and they knew Joe Henderson. No young modern jazz player had created more excitement and interest in Japan. When he arrived for an engagement in Tokyo at a club with the piquant name Junk Club, anticipation was running high. Joining a local rhythm section, he rewarded his fans with some of the most inspired performances of his career. According to the jazz historian Bill Kirchner:


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
All About Jazz (very favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Allmusic awarded the album with 4.5 stars and its review by Scott Yanow states: "Performing at the Junk Club in Tokyo, Henderson is joined by an all-Japanese rhythm section (electric pianist Hideo Ichikawa, bassist Kunimitsu Inaba, and drummer Motohiko Hino) on lengthy versions of "'Round Midnight," "Blue Bossa," and his two originals "Out 'n' In" and "Junk Blues." Henderson sounds quite inspired throughout the set, and the obscure rhythm section (only Hino is known in the U.S.) really pushes him. An underrated gem."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "'Round Midnight" (Thelonious Monk) – 12:38
  2. "Out 'N' In" (Joe Henderson) – 9:08
  3. "Blue Bossa" (Kenny Dorham) – 8:29
  4. "Junk Blues" (Joe Henderson) – 14:46


  • Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
  • Hideo Ichikawa – electric piano
  • Kunimitsu Inaba – bass
  • Motohiko Hino – drums


  1. ^ Billboard May 12, 1971
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Joe Henderson in Japan – Joe Henderson | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Derek (1 June 2000). "Joe Henderson: Joe Henderson In Japan". Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 100. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.