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Horace Silver’s 1965 classic, Song for My Father, is an icon of hard bop. The title cut, which draws on bossa nova, is one of 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 back and forth 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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I remember hearing Song for my Father when I was very young. I never knew what it was until I tripped over it here, and realized I've been a Horace Silver fan for decades without even knowing his name. Good stuff!

Biography

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...
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Song for My Father, Horace Silver
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Oct 26, 1964

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