Bill McHenry, NYC. 21 Nov 2009.

I caught Bill McHenry playing with Paul Motian at Village Vanguard. It was described as an octet+1. That’s what I said. What?? The band and Motian were incredible. They played re-Be-Bop from the ‘Garden of Eden’ album. Bill McHenry played with this quiet fire. He held his horn out and growled out notes – like he was steering the world with his sax. And for an hour and a half – he was… Terrific player.

This guy sits down at my table and we BS before the gig starts and then after. Most of the musicians after finishing the set – stop by to say hello to him. I was looking on iTunes for some McHenry albums. I found this one with Guillermo Klein. Second guy from the left on the album cover… The guy at my table… Six degrees of separation…

Published by William Vaughan

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