The Elements (Joe Henderson album)

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The Elements
The Elements Joe.jpg
Studio album by Joe Henderson
Released Mid May 1974[1]
Recorded October 15 & 17, 1973
The Village Recorder, Los Angeles
Genre Jazz
Length 41:36
Label Milestone
MSP 9053
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Joe Henderson chronology
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The Elements is an album by American saxophonist Joe Henderson, released in 1973 on Milestone. 1970 began a decade of discovery for Joe Henderson, a time to set aside the post-bop instrumentation and repertoire he was identified with and branch out into other realms. One of the most successful and challenging of these efforts that the Milestone label documented was the present four-part improvisation on the basic themes of "Fire", "Air", "Water" and "Earth". Assisting the tenor saxophonist was a group of sympathetic explorers--Alice Coltrane on piano and harp, violin original Michael White, bass giant Charlie Haden, and the multifaceted percussionist Kenneth Nash. Latin American, Indian, and Native American strains enter the mix as Henderson applies the heat and mercurial invention of his more conventional work to these open-ended settings. While the music is enhanced with overdubbing in spots, the true magic of The Elements emanates from the musicians' collective genius at listening and responding to each other.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were composed by Joe Henderson.

Side one
  1. "Fire" - 11:08
  2. "Air"- 9:50
Side two
  1. "Water" - 7:31
  2. "Earth" - 13:07

Recorded on October 15 (2-3) and 17 (1, 4), 1973.



  1. ^ Billboard May 25, 1974
  2. ^ The Elements at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 100. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.