The Wayne Henderson Collection
reissues two recordings made in the early '90s with the Next Crusade
, which included original Crusader Wilton Felder
on saxophone. The reuniting of Henderson
was a dream come true for many jazz fans, and both Back to the Groove
from 1992 and Sketches of Life
from the following year made it clear that the reunion was well worth the wait. Neither album is perfect; both albums incorporate competent but uninteresting quiet storm instrumentals and make misguided attempts to incorporate hip-hop; however, there are plenty of good tunes on this double-CD set that more than make up for any minor flaws. Highlights include "Joshua," "For Old Times Sake," "Right on Brother Man," and "Down Home Transitions."