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Taking up where volume one's '50s set left off, this second helping of Horace Silver's Blue Note output takes in some of the pianist's prime work from 1964-1970. Starting with the venerable title track to his most popular release, Song for My Father, the nine cuts include other cherry-picked treats off of Cape Verdean Blues ("Nutville," "Pretty Eyes"), The Jody Grind (the title track and "Mexican Hip Dance"), and Serenade to a Soul Sister (title track). And with this much bounty from four of Silver's best '60s albums, the inclusion of dark-horse gem "Gregory Is Here" from 1970s In Pursuit of the 27th Man gives this roundup essential-introductory-disc status. Plus, the collection provides listeners the chance to check out some stellar soloing by the likes of Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Bennie Maupin, and Woody Shaw. Get both volumes to better pick and choose the essential Silver discs to check out in the future.


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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