And with Kenny Barron (a repeat visitor to Toronto) also up on that stage, we were caught up in a steady, rolling, melodic subconscious emerging from a bop-influenced right hand.
The duo played "Kind of Blue" in a slightly fragmented way, then changed it up for solos and duo exchanges, where the piano sustained a steady 3/4 groove and Henderson's trumpet exclaimed open and clarion-like over the piano's travelling caravan of bass drones.
In between tunes, I kept thinking about hearing Art Farmer at Top O' The Senator in Toronto, sometime around 1990. That occasion was also a rare 'quality' experience.
But back to Henderson and Barron.
I love Henderson's trumpet lines; the sudden beauty of his fluttering, breathy sounds; his knowledge of harmony; his bell-clear open horn.
I love Kenny Barron's deep harmonic knowledge; his supportive dialoguing with Henderson; and his smooth flow of rich keyboard ideas.
Gentlemen, Thanks for the memories.