Robin Eubanks © Jay Blakeberg
“I researched and listened to many different recorded versions of Joe Henderson's classic ‘Black Narcissus.’ Most were very similar to the original. Why mess with a classic, right? But I wanted to try and approach it differently. I got the idea for the drone tones from the melody. Joe composed the melody beginning with four B-flat dotted half notes. I stacked perfect 5ths to build the harmony and added a melody to set up the intro. Joe's melody is untouched but I re-harmonized it, slowed down the tempo and added a semi-funky beat to create a different feel for the composition.”
— Robin Eubanks, album notes from the SFJAZZ Collective's new album The Music of Joe Henderson and New Compositions, now available!