In Pursuit of Blackness

In Pursuit of Blackness
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Studio album / Live album by
ReleasedEnd of November 1971[1]
RecordedMay 12, 1971 (#1, 3, 5)
Decca Studios, New York City
September 25–26, 1970 (#2, 4)
Lighthouse Café, Hermosa Beach
MSP 9034
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Joe Henderson chronology
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In Pursuit of Blackness
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In Pursuit of Blackness is an album by the American saxophonist Joe Henderson, released in 1971 on Milestone. It contains three tracks recorded in the studio in 1971 with saxophonist Pete Yellin, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist George Cables and the Return to Forever rhythm section Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, and two tracks recorded live at the Lighthouse Café in 1970 with the live band featured on Henderson’s previous album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz(mixed)[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]

Track listing[]

All pieces by Joe Henderson, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "No Me Esqueca" - 7:08
  2. "Invitation" (Bronisław Kaper) - 7:34
  3. "A Shade of Jade" - 7:45
  4. "Gazelle" - 7:33
  5. "Mind Over Matter" - 13:19



  1. ^ Billboard Nov 27, 1971
  2. ^ In Pursuit of Blackness at AllMusic
  3. ^ Spencer, Robert (1 June 1999). "Joe Henderson: In Pursuit of Blackness / Black is the Color". Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 100. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.