Mode for Joe

Mode for Joe is the fifth studio album by American jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson, recorded and released in 1966. It would be the last Blue Note album to feature Henderson as a leader in the classic era. However, the live albums The State of the Tenor, Vols. 1 & 2 followed nearly 20 years later.

Mode for Joe
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1966
RecordedJanuary 27, 1966
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenreJazz, hard bop
Length49:27 (2003 release)
LabelBlue Note
BST 84227
ProducerAlfred Lion
Joe Henderson chronology
Inner Urge
Mode for Joe
The Kicker
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]

Track listing

All compositions by Joe Henderson except where noted.

  1. "A Shade of Jade" – 7:08
  2. "Mode for Joe" (Walton) – 8:00
  3. "Black" (Walton) – 6:51
  4. "Caribbean Fire Dance" – 6:41
  5. "Granted" – 7:20
  6. "Free Wheelin'" (Morgan) – 6:39
  7. "Black" [Alternate Take] – 6:48 Bonus track on CD



  1. Yanow, Scott (2011). "Mode for Joe – Joe Henderson | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  2. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 100. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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