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Album Review

Pianist Horace Silver's 1996 CD introduced ten new compositions and, although none of the originals will probably become standards, they are consistently catchy, full of the infectious Silver personality and very viable vehicles for improvisation. The instrumental set matches Silver with quite an all-star group comprised of trumpeter Claudio Roditi, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker (an alumnus), trombonist Steve Turre, baritonist Ronnie Cuber, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Lewis Nash. Most of the selections feature solo space for one or two of the horn players (all get their spots), and the results live up to the great potential. One of Horace Silver's finest recordings in his post-Blue Note era.

Customer Reviews

Fun & energetic

Horace Silver is a hard working man who's at the top of his game in this CD.

This is usually the first CD I play on my days off. It feels good and gives me energy.

Great group of players and great, tight compositions from start to end. Four horns, piano, bass, and drums with fantastic brass harmonies, it's easy to enjoy even for non jazz buffs, but if you take the time to listen, you'll be treated to very well crafted musical structure and inspired solos. These guys are pros.

Recording is top notch and brings out the best in a high quality HiFi, sounding much like a live band in your living room. I'm glad I took a chance on it.


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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