America’s greatest art form
The jazz world continued to embrace him and Henry’s work continued to be elevated. He would team with Dennis Gonzales, John Purcell and William Richardson and perform with them on five albums that were critically acclaimed throughout Europe. Henry also played extensively with Pharoah Sanders, Joe Williams, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Fortune and Milt Jackson.
There are more than 100 albums on which Henry appears, with many of them produced under his leadership. They include: The Skipper and The Skipper at Home (Black Jazz label), Three Card Molly, Bassic Instincts, The Hunter, Bass Encounters (Resurgent Music label), Colemanology, Ears Wide Open, Three Worlds, A Musical Tribute to Gene Harris featuring Three More Sounds, Summer Serenade (Beezwax Records), Shalabongo, We Came to Play (Jeru Records), Tribal Dance (Catalyst Records), Blue Lights (Ovation Records), Sakura (WJ3 Records), All God’s Children (SP Records), Music to the 5th Power (SP Records), 3Bop (SP Records), If We Should Meet Again (SP Records), O, What a Beautiful Morning! (SP Records), Soul of the World (SP Records), June Night (SP Records) and High Voltage (SP Records). Henry also published a method book for all bass players entitled, Bassically Yours.
The Skipper performed for about thirteen years with his group at The Mission Inn in Riverside, California. For many years, he played 5 nights a week. Difficult times reduced that to 2 nights on weekends. This long run of great jazz came to an end September 17, 2011. His presence there was greatly appreciated by the community.
He continues to produce artists on his SP Label – including his latest CD High Voltage – to keep his and the world’s love of jazz alive.
“I strive and work hard to do the best for Jazz,” Henry said. “It’s America’s only art form.”