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Interview:
Guitarist Scott Henderson has the good "Vibe" going
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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With the new "Vibe Station," Scott Henderson's musical career has taken an important new turn.

Since 1994's "Dog Party," the guitarist has viewed solo albums as an adjunct to his work in the jazz fusion band Tribal Tech, a chance to explore different musical terrain. But with the group's dissolution since the 2012 album "X," Henderson feels a different kind of creative license for his own work now.

"Tribal Tech was sort of my outlet for jazz fusion and more harmonic stuff," Henderson, 60, explains by phone from a tour stop in New York. "I sort of had two projects going at the same time, but now that (Tribal Tech) doesn't exist anymore, it's just jelled into everything that I like -- blues, rock funk. I'm pretty open to do anything I want now."

And with "Vibe Station," Henderson has also decided to do without the vocals that have been part of his previous solo outings. "There's so much harmony and layering going on just with (the instruments) I don't feel like I need vocals anymore," he explains. "This record is the track I'll probably stay on for the rest of my career, a guitar trio. I find it more challenging and more rewarding than playing with keyboard players.

"I do miss the inspiration of singing, and of having a keyboard player 'cause I do draw a lot of ideas when I play with those musicians. I get a little tired of hearing myself every night. But that makes me try to reinvent myself all the time, which is a good thing. That doesn't always work, but it at least makes me try."

Henderson -- who's also a world-class chess player -- notes that some of the reviews for "Vibe City" describe it as schizophrenic. He prefers to think of the album as diverse, but he takes the fact people are noticing as a compliment.

"Musically I do have ADD, no doubt about it," he says with a laugh. "I'm not a traditional jazz musician. I don't play standards. I'm not a rock musician or a country musician. I jsut borrow from all those different kinds of music and do what I do, so in the course of a record you're going to hear a lot of different styles, which is fine by me. I like the variety."

Scott Henderson Trio

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20.

Callahan's Music Hall, 2015 South Blvd.

Tickets are $40 and $35.

Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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