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Horace Silver’s 1965 album Song for My Father is a classic of hard bop. The title cut, which draws on bossa nova, is among the most recognizable compositions in the jazz canon. (The Brazilian element makes sense: Silver’s father was from another Lusophone country, Cape Verde, and Silver was exposed to music from the islands as a child.) The cool groove established by Silver’s piano, Teddy Smith’s bass, and Roger Humphries’ drums is deep. It provides a perfect backup for the horn head performed by trumpeter Carmell Jones and tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, who also plays a charged solo on the cut. “The Natives Are Restless Tonight” picks up the pace, and the soloists deftly ride the rhythm as they make statements that are both exciting and exacting. “Calcutta Cutie” features a different band, including trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Junior Cook, and the song moves between lightly swinging and Eastern-flavored passages. Henderson’s “The Kicker”—the only track not written by Silver—drives fiercely, while the brooding and bluesy “Lonely Woman” is a piece for piano trio.

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Horace Silver Song for my Father

I was around 14 when I was lucky enough to by this album. 53 years have passed. I still feel it's magic; it's healing power.
Silver, I've come to realize, was an absolute master, as was Joe Henderson. They rose to the ranks of Jazz Gods.
You'll understand why when you start listening. I am sure, you'll immediately begin to receive its many blessings. Peace.


Born: September 2, 1928 in Norwalk, CT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

From the perspective of the 21st century, it is clear that few jazz musicians had a greater impact on the contemporary mainstream than Horace Silver. The hard bop style that Silver pioneered in the '50s is now dominant, played not only by holdovers from an earlier generation, but also by fuzzy-cheeked musicians who had yet to be born when the music fell out of critical favor in the '60s and '70s. Silver's earliest musical influence was the Cape Verdean folk music he heard from his Portuguese-born...
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