I have most of his Blue Note LPs. His early days on tenor sax were great but I absolutely love his "hard bop" piano.
He lived a long life and left a great musical legacy.
He lived a long life and left a great musical legacy.
Distinctive voice in jazz who will be sorely missed. Love his recordings. Always great bands with some of my favorite tenor players inc Joe Henderson and the underrated Junior Cook. Here is a good and brief overview of his best recordings for anyone interested:
Albert, I am intrigued by your comment re tenor sax. I am not aware of Silver playing saxophone; would love to hear that.
RIP Mr. Silver
Albert, I am intrigued by your comment re tenor sax. I am not aware of Silver playing saxophone; would love to hear that.Ghasley
he never played sax but featured it often in his band(From WIkipedia)
Silver was born on September 2, 1928, in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States. His father, John Tavares Silva, was from the island of Maio in Cape Verde while his mother was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, and was of Irish-African descent. His father taught him the folk music of Cape Verde.
Silver began his career as a tenor saxophonist but later switched to piano. His tenor saxophone playing was highly influenced by Lester Young, and his piano style by Bud Powell. Silver's big break came in 1950 backing saxophonist Stan Getz at The Sundown Club in Hartford, Connecticut. Getz liked Silver's band and took them on the road, eventually recording three of Silver's compositions. It was with Getz that Silver made his recording debut. His first recording was for the 1950 Stan Getz Quartet album, which featured Getz and Silver with Joe Calloway on bass and Walter Bolden on drums.
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HIs father's influence of Cape Verde Folk Music comes through with plenty of emotion and heart in the 1965 Blue Note tital, "Cape Verdean Blues."
I don't have the original but the 45 RPM reissue from Music Matters Jazz is stunning. An amazing artist.
GhasleyWhat's important is the body of work Horace Silver left behind, not what one of us happened to recall. I miss things all the time.
I am a big fan and had looked up his data more than once. There's an iPad on the coffee table so everyone has access to lyrics and bio while listening.
It's amazing how much use it gets, especially on Tuesday nights when there's a crowd. This afternoon I had to make a trip to the grocery and the Jazz channel on Sirius XM was playing a live version of "Cape Verdean Blues."
On the trip home they were still paying tribute to Horace Silver, setting aside part of today's programming to honor him.
We do miss things sometimes; and sometimes things fall through the cracks. Frankly, I am amazed that having been a fan of Silver and of tenor saxophone players for so many years I was not aware of that fact. Glad to know and thanks for the education. Do you know if he ever recorded on tenor? Now I am really intrigued and the hunt is on.
I can't confirm but this looks like it "might" be the Stan Getz album that Horace Silver plays on. Not sure it's worth chasing down even though it's available on CD.
I met Horace Silver when I was in college at CSUN back in the early 70's. He was a friend of one of my instructors. He came to our class one day and chatted us up on jazz for about a half hour. I was very new to jazz back then and I had no idea that this guy was a giant. Fast forward to 1995 and I went to see him at Vartan's Jazz Club when I lived in Denver in the early-mid 90's. I walked over to him after his set to remind him of the day he visited our classroom. He remembered visiting our classroom...but he didn't remember me. We had a great conversation. Vartan's was a killer club in Cherry Creek, a great upscale venue. They had top-name talent all the time. Sadly, Denver would't support it and the club died an agonizing death. I have several of Horace's LP's from his 60's & 70's output. This is sad news.
I agree about "In Pursuit Of The 27th Man". Great record and the first time that I heard the great late Michael Brecker; it knocked my socks off. Here is an interesting glimpse into Horace Silver the bandleader and the making of that record according to Michael's brother Randy, also in the band:
'27th Man' was one of the 1st Jazz records I ever bought. Truthfully, I bought it because the Brecker bros. were on it, didn't know who Silver was! Man, I loved that record! Last one of his I got was the Hard Bop Grandpop, recorded over 2 decades later featuring Claudio Roditi, Michael Brecker, & Steve Turre. Another great score! RIP.
Anyone here read his autobiographay, "Let's Get Down to the Nitty Gritty"? That's when you really get to know him. What a stand up solid human being. He never succumbed to the heroin and drug additions of his peers and even fellow bandmates. We saw him live at the Blue Note in NYC back in the 80s and so glad we did. My favorite albums are "Cape Verdean Blues" and from his Silveto Records metaphysical days, "Spiritualizing the Senses". I was able to have the LP converted to CD and it sounds great. I have a signed album cover too. I heard him interviewed by jazz great DJ Les Davis when Les was at WBGO Newark back in the 1980s. Horace was writing and producing his new metaphysical albums on Silveto Records. I had actually taped the interview and now I can't find it. I'm sick over that. Oh how I wish I had that tape still. I'll keep looking.