Flutist Lori Bell to Release Tribute Album “Recorda Me: Remembering Joe Henderson” on April 19th, 2024 | WATCH VIDEO! Announces New Tour Dates for 2024

Virtuoso LORI BELL Pays Homage to Music Titan JOE HENDERSON

Releasing April 19, ’Recorda Me’ Reimagines 8 Henderson Classics Including 60s Era Groundbreakers “Isotope,” “Serenity,” “Inner Urge,” “Punjab,” and “A Shade of Jade”

Features Josh Nelson (Piano), David Robaire (Bass), Dan Schnelle (Drums)

San Diego, CA: Accomplished arranger, virtuoso musician and esteemed educator, Lori Bell returns April 19th with Recorda Me: Remembering Joe Henderson, an extraordinary new collection paying homage to one of the all-time greats, hard bop, jazz icon, Joe Henderson.

Portuguese for “Remember Me,” the 9-song, Recorda Me: Remembering Joe Henderson showcases Bell at her enchanting best.

“Joe was an exceptional jazz saxophonist and to my heart and mind, a persuasive composer besides. I’ve always admired his artistry and the way he crafted his songs. His unique chord progressions, and use of the major 7th #11 on several tunes, are compelling to me,” offered Bell.

Of the eight compositions Bell chose to honor, all but one are from Henderson’s mid 60s output, including the title track and “Out of the Night,” both from Henderson’s debut album, Page One (1963). Also included are two songs from Henderson’s bewitching third album In ’n Out (“Punjab,” “Serenity”), a pair of spellbinders from his 1966 Inner Urge opus (“Inner Urge,” “Isotope”), “A Shade of Jade,” the beguiling lead cut from his universally acclaimed release, Mode for Joe and “Black Narcissus,” from the 1977 album of the same name.

“On this recording I have tried to pay homage to his musical acumen and articulate imagination. Each arrangement is tailored for the timbre and range of the flute, an unusual instrument to represent Joe Henderson as, unlike the majority of sax players, he rarely played it in public and was not known as a doubler,” said Bell.

Transposing saxophone to flute provided a welcome challenge while allowing Bell to imbue the arrangements with her own sense of artistry. “The process of working with his material began with Serenity, a 4/4 swing tine that I couldn’t get out of head as a 6/4 afro groove, so I went with the idea. While spending hours at the piano and flute studying his various pieces, I realized I might want to record an entire album of Henderson compositions.”

The lone original on Recorda Me is Bell’s “Outer Urge,” a knowing nod and apt complement to Henderson’s 12-minute astral projection on “Inner Urge.” On “Outer Urge,” Bell flavors the excursion with her love of Latin modalities. It’s an exhilarating journey and one she’s explored before with her “Music of Djavan” on the Resonance Records label.

With a father that was a big band trumpeter in NYC for 30 years and a mother that played accordion with a great ear for both jazz and classical music, the Brooklyn native was exposed to the alchemy of improvisation by pillars of the golden era of jazz at places throughout Greenwich Village and lower Manhattan. Over the past several decades, she’s carried the torch forward, establishing herself as an in-demand, world-class performer regularly touring the Western U.S. while also leading seminars and Masterclasses in NYC and beyond.

Accompanying her on her musical journey navigating the majesty of Henderson are pianist Josh Nelson, known for his work with John Pizzarelli, Peter Erskine and Natalie Cole, bassist David Robaire (Larry Goldings, Billy Childs, Jane Monheit), and drummer Dan Schnelle (David Benoit, Karrin Allyson, Billy Childs).

Bell will honor Joe’s lasting legacy throughout the spring with shows throughout California including four hometown shows in San Diego, March 15 – June 28, an April 25th date at Sam First in Los Angeles and a very special concert at The Joe Henderson Lab at SF Jazz in San Francisco on Saturday, April 20. The 4/20 show is a part of the annual Joe Henderson Festival to celebrate Henderson’s April 24th date of birth and his love of the city where he resided after leaving NYC in the early 70s, even teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a stretch.

Inner urge. Outer urge. Serenity out of the night and into the light. Viva Joe Henderson.

Recorda Me: Remembering Joe Henderson

Isotope (1966)
A Shade of Jade (1966)
Out of the Night (1963)
Serenity (1965)
Inner Urge (1966)
Black Narcissus (1977)
Outer Urge (L. Bell)
Punjab (1965)
Recorda Me (1963)

Lori Bell: C flute, Alto flute on #6
Josh Nelson: Piano
David Robaire: Bass
Dan Schnelle: Drums

Tour Dates

4/20 – San Francisco, CA – Joe Henderson Lab (SF Jazz) [Album Release]
4/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Sam First
4/28 – San Diego, CA – Tio Leo’s
5/23 – Temecula, CA – The Merc
5/24 – San Diego, CA – The Jazz Lounge
5/25 – San Diego, CA – The Jazz Lounge
6/28 – La Jolla, CA – La Jolla Community Center (Fourth Friday Jazz Series)
7/06 – Paso Robles, CA – Libretto


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