HORACE SILVER

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Horace Silver (born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, September 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014) was an American jazz pianist and composer.

Silver is known for his distinctively humorous and funky playing style and for his pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop, He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre.

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.

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
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HORACE SILVER Discography

HORACE SILVER albums / top albums

HORACE SILVER The Horace Silver Trio : New Faces - New Sounds (aka Horace Silver Trio) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Horace Silver Trio : New Faces - New Sounds (aka Horace Silver Trio)
Hard Bop 1952
HORACE SILVER Horace Silver Trio And Art Blakey ‎: Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Silver Trio And Art Blakey ‎: Vol. 2
Hard Bop 1954
HORACE SILVER Horace Silver Quintet Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Silver Quintet Volume 3
Hard Bop 1954
HORACE SILVER Horace Silver Quintet Vol. 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Silver Quintet Vol. 4
Hard Bop 1955
HORACE SILVER Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers album cover 4.94 | 7 ratings
Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1955
HORACE SILVER Silver's Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silver's Blue
Hard Bop 1956
HORACE SILVER 6 Pieces of Silver album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
6 Pieces of Silver
Hard Bop 1956
HORACE SILVER The Stylings of Silver album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Stylings of Silver
Hard Bop 1957
HORACE SILVER Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet
Hard Bop 1958
HORACE SILVER Finger Poppin' album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Finger Poppin'
Hard Bop 1959
HORACE SILVER The Horace Silver Quintet & Trio : Blowin' The Blues Away album cover 4.17 | 6 ratings
The Horace Silver Quintet & Trio : Blowin' The Blues Away
Hard Bop 1959
HORACE SILVER Horace-Scope album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Horace-Scope
Hard Bop 1960
HORACE SILVER The Tokyo Blues album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Tokyo Blues
Hard Bop 1962
HORACE SILVER Silver's Serenade album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silver's Serenade
Hard Bop 1963
HORACE SILVER Song For My Father (Cantiga Para Meu Pai) album cover 4.50 | 5 ratings
Song For My Father (Cantiga Para Meu Pai)
Hard Bop 1964
HORACE SILVER The Cape Verdean Blues album cover 4.88 | 3 ratings
The Cape Verdean Blues
Hard Bop 1965
HORACE SILVER The Jody Grind album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Jody Grind
Hard Bop 1967
HORACE SILVER Serenade to a Soul Sister album cover 4.67 | 3 ratings
Serenade to a Soul Sister
Hard Bop 1968
HORACE SILVER You Gotta Take A Little Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Gotta Take A Little Love
Soul Jazz 1969
HORACE SILVER That Healin' Feelin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
That Healin' Feelin'
Soul Jazz 1970
HORACE SILVER Total Response: The United States Of Mind Phase 2 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Total Response: The United States Of Mind Phase 2
Hard Bop 1970
HORACE SILVER All - The United States Of Mind / Phase 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All - The United States Of Mind / Phase 3
Soul Jazz 1972
HORACE SILVER In Pursuit Of The 27th Man album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
In Pursuit Of The 27th Man
Hard Bop 1973
HORACE SILVER Silver 'n Brass album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Silver 'n Brass
Hard Bop 1975
HORACE SILVER Silver 'N Wood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silver 'N Wood
Hard Bop 1976
HORACE SILVER Silver 'N Voices album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silver 'N Voices
Hard Bop 1977
HORACE SILVER Silver 'n' Percussion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silver 'n' Percussion
Hard Bop 1978
HORACE SILVER Sterling Silver album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sterling Silver
Hard Bop 1979
HORACE SILVER Silver 'N Strings Play The Music Of The Spheres album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silver 'N Strings Play The Music Of The Spheres
Post Bop 1980
HORACE SILVER Guides To Growing Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guides To Growing Up
Soul Jazz 1981
HORACE SILVER Spiritualizing The Senses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spiritualizing The Senses
Soul Jazz 1982
HORACE SILVER The Continuity Of Spirit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Continuity Of Spirit
Soul Jazz 1983
HORACE SILVER There's No Need To Struggle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
There's No Need To Struggle
Soul Jazz 1984
HORACE SILVER Music To Ease Disease album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music To Ease Disease
Hard Bop 1988
HORACE SILVER It's Got to Be Funky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Got to Be Funky
Soul Jazz 1993
HORACE SILVER Pencil Packin' Papa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pencil Packin' Papa
Post Bop 1994
HORACE SILVER The Hardbop Grandpop album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Hardbop Grandpop
Hard Bop 1996
HORACE SILVER A Prescription for the Blues album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
A Prescription for the Blues
Hard Bop 1997
HORACE SILVER Jazz... Has... A Sense of Humor album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz... Has... A Sense of Humor
Hard Bop 1999
HORACE SILVER Rockin' with Rachmaninoff album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rockin' with Rachmaninoff
Hard Bop 2003

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HORACE SILVER live albums

HORACE SILVER Doin' the Thing: Live at the Village Gate album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Doin' the Thing: Live at the Village Gate
Hard Bop 1961
HORACE SILVER Live 1964 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 1964
Hard Bop 1984
HORACE SILVER The Natives Are Restless Tonight (aka Re-Entry) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Natives Are Restless Tonight (aka Re-Entry)
Hard Bop 1990
HORACE SILVER Paris Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Blues
Hard Bop 2002
HORACE SILVER Live at Newport '58 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Newport '58
Hard Bop 2008
HORACE SILVER Horace Silver Quintet,  June 1977 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Silver Quintet, June 1977
Hard Bop 2014
HORACE SILVER Horace Silver Quartet With Lou Donaldson : Live In New York 1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Silver Quartet With Lou Donaldson : Live In New York 1953
Hard Bop 2014
HORACE SILVER Live at the Half Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Half Note
Hard Bop 2015
HORACE SILVER 14 Février 1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
14 Février 1959
Hard Bop 2016

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HORACE SILVER re-issues & compilations

HORACE SILVER Horace Silver Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Silver Trio
Hard Bop 1956
HORACE SILVER The Trio Sides album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trio Sides
Hard Bop 1976
HORACE SILVER Senor Blues / Horace Silver Rare Tracks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Senor Blues / Horace Silver Rare Tracks
Hard Bop 1984
HORACE SILVER The Best of Horace Silver album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Horace Silver
Hard Bop 1988
HORACE SILVER The Best of Horace Silver, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Horace Silver, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1989
HORACE SILVER Senor Blues: 1955-1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Senor Blues: 1955-1959
Hard Bop 1992
HORACE SILVER Safari (1952-1954) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Safari (1952-1954)
Hard Bop 1994
HORACE SILVER The Baghdad Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Baghdad Blues
Hard Bop 1995
HORACE SILVER Jazz Profile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Profile
Hard Bop 1997
HORACE SILVER Retrospective album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Retrospective
Hard Bop 1999
HORACE SILVER Horace Silver Trio : Complete Blue Note Sessions With Art Blakey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Silver Trio : Complete Blue Note Sessions With Art Blakey
Hard Bop 2003
HORACE SILVER The United States of Mind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The United States of Mind
Hard Bop 2004
HORACE SILVER The Very Best album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best
Hard Bop 2005
HORACE SILVER Music For Lovers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music For Lovers
Hard Bop 2005
HORACE SILVER Horace Silver: Down Home album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horace Silver: Down Home
Hard Bop 2006
HORACE SILVER Four Classic Albums (New Faces New Sounds / Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers / Horace-Scope / The Tokyo Blues) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Four Classic Albums (New Faces New Sounds / Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers / Horace-Scope / The Tokyo Blues)
Hard Bop 2018
HORACE SILVER Collection 1952-56 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection 1952-56
Hard Bop 2019

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HORACE SILVER The Cape Verdean Blues

Album · 1965 · Hard Bop
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Probably what I enjoy the most out of this album is the interesting combination of swing and latin/caribbean feels. The drummer Roger Humphries does a brilliant job with creating this feel with the means of removing the snare from the snare drum but still creating a swing feel on some of the tracks. In "The African Queen," he switches back in forth from straight eighths and swing.

Horace Silver himself is probably the most reserved soloist on this album. Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, and J.J. Johnson all reach points in their solos where they play long, quick phrases. Horace Silver, on the other hand, plays very few notes in comparison to create his melodic ideas. Occasionally he'll create a cool pattern using 4 or 5 notes that he'll repeat a few times.

It's not often that you hear a jazz album that has a featured trombone player. In this album J.J. Johnson plays melodically and aggressively in his solos. I enjoy hearing the control he has over his instrument.

The more I listen to this album, I enjoy it more and more to the point that I am willing to give this a five-star rating.

HORACE SILVER Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers

Album · 1955 · Hard Bop
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It all started on the 13/11/1954 at Rudy Van Gelders Hackensack studios with four tunes cut in a session by a band that would become one of the most memorable in post war Jazz and this session being the first or their debut, the name decided upon was "Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers" being the album's title as well. Art Blakey claims that it was not Horace who came up the name but him as he used it in the forties for his big and small bands and had cut a record with Blue Note under that name in 1947 but Horace said he put the words together and it was his idea for the bands name so believe who you like but one thing that is beyond dispute is reputation, calibre, talent and style that The Jazz Messengers name would come to mean under the direction of Art Blakey who of course is here pounding skins with his current bass player of the time Doug Watkins. We also have the for this debut Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone with Kenny Dorham on trumpet and both would become band leaders themselves in the near future with of course Horace Silver playing piano. Jazz changed here, no more of that rapid fire BeBop, things were a bit more stretched and the music pulled back a little melody with great strong rythmn support and before you knew it, Hard Bop was the term used to describe this new style of Jazz and that name "The Jazz Messengers" would be forever associated in the same thought when mentioning the term. Things went so well with the first session Alfred Lion decided to cut another in February the following year with another four tunes recorded which gives us the albums entirety. Seven of the compositions were written by Horace Silver with Hank Mobley contributing "Hankerin" only. One of Horace's compositions "The Preacher", Alfred Lion did not like and suggested it was corny and wanted to dump it but the story goes that Horace told Alfred they did not have another composition ready which would have caused more expense in the albums production and buisness being buisness Alfred kept it. Even later in his life he still said it was corny but it was the one that went on a single with Doodlin' being the A side which sold quite well for a jazz single at the time and helping the albums sale when it was released in April.

Named after Horace's hotel room "Room 608" is first up with a great quick tempo and it is Kenny Dorham who shines with his superb rapid trumpet solo with Horace following on piano with just as much drive and Doug Warkins has that bass gunnin' during this one with a great swinging composition which just keeps swinging on when Hank Mobley's turn follows with the best drummer ever to do a solo Art himself who never went for all fancy stuff but stayed right on pounding that right rythmn."Creepin' In" which follows has the cat feel with its slow slinky time and Kenny Dorham at the intro, "why was he not more well known" but it is Hank on tenor who is first with that great tone and timing he kept with any tune with another slow late nighter from Kenny's trumpet following. The beat is back with "Stop Time" and one of the album highlights with everbody except Doug on bass having a go with Hank leading the proceedings and a superb solo from Horace. "The Preacher" the one that nearly did not make it, is number six or 2nd track on the B side of the record if you prefer with that "I've Been Working on The Railway" similarity with the intro and ending which straight after the introduction quickly develops into a nice mid tempo number with Kenny's trumpet leading the way with some great input from Hank's tenor contribution and really who would want to dump the solo from Horace with some great up and down piano playing.'"Hanker'in", the Hank Mobley composition is a chance for Hank to shine which he sure does and everybody except Doug on bass again, has a shot with a solo. The album closer is "Doodlin' " and is blues played with all the neccesary finesse that these musicians called their usual standard and is a great finisher for the album with Kenny's trumpet just lingering with each note during his solo.

One of the most enduring bands ever in Jazz and Art Blakey would go on to lead The Jazz Messengers for another thirty five years producing some of the most talented jazz musicians and the best Hard Bop.You have to have the first one with Horace Silver as leader and he does do another recording later that year in November 1955 with The Jazz Messengers but under Art's name and that was "At The Cafe Bohemia". Jazz History and essential stuff.

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