By Josef Woodard
Updated October 25, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Since he was publicly acknowledged as a tenor-sax colossus a few years ago, Joe Henderson has gained license to explore such ambitious projects as the long-awaited big-band recording Big Band. Just as he shines in the lean environs of a pianoless trio, he also boldly anchors a big-band sound, from the turf of his own think-piece standard ”Inner Urge” to a neatly rearranged version of Billy Strayhorn’s ”Chelsea Bridge.” A-