Page One is the debut release by American jazz tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. It features some of Henderson’s most well-known pieces such as “Recorda Me,” later to become a jazz standard, and “Out of the Night”, originally written in 1957. The front cover lists “Joe Henderson/Kenny Dorham/Butch Warren/Pete La Roca, etc.”. Only McCoy Tyner’s name is absent. Bob Blumenthal explains, in his 1999 liner notes, that Tyner had just signed with Impulse!, so this first Blue Note appearance was not very adherent to the contract.
AllMusic Review by Rovi Staff:
The title Page One is fitting for this disc, as it marks the beginning of the first chapter in the long career of tenor man Joe Henderson. And what a beginning it is; no less than Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Butch Warren, and Pete La Roca join the saxophonist for a stunning set that includes “Blue Bossa” and “Recorda Me,” two works that would be forever associated with Henderson. Both are bossa novas that offer a hip alternative to the easy listening Brazilian trend that would become popular with the masses. Henderson and Dorham make an ideal pair on these and other choice cuts like the blistering “Homestretch” and the engaging swinger “Jinrikisha.” These both show the already mature compositional prowess that would become Henderson’s trademark throughout his legendary career. The final blues number, “Out of the Night,” features powerful work by the leader that only hints of things to come in subsequent chapters.
All compositions by Joe Henderson except where noted.
Kenny Dorham – trumpet
Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
McCoy Tyner – piano
Butch Warren – bass
Pete La Roca – drums
Released: Mid October 1963
Recorded: June 3, 1963
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Label: Blue Note
Producer: Alfred Lion