Horace Silver – Song for My Father (1965)

Song for My Father album that was unlike most Jazz albums of the time, Horace Silver was a master pianist and he constantly incorporated his multi-cultural background into his music. In some ways, Silver could be considered one of the forefathers of fusion Jazz. Song for My Father displays a bassa nova style on the title track, as well as Que Pasa, and still shows his brilliant mastery as a soloist on Lonely Woman. Bassist John B. Williams referred to Horace Silver as a “Great Teacher”, and that he excepted nothing less than perfection. It should also be noted that Horace Silver was one of the premier artists on the Blue Note Label, and that he was great friends with the founding fathers of Blue Note, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. In essence, Horace was a Jazz legend, and his music and legacy is still enjoyed by Jazz purists and casual fans to this day.

There are a couple things to note about this particular album. The vinyl version of this album ended after Lonely Woman, and the songs after were included on the CD release. Also, it is Horace Silver’s father featured on the cover, and not Horace Silver himself. Horace was about 35 years old when this album was recorded.
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Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 – Horace Silver – piano, Carmell Jones – trumpet, Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone, Teddy Smith – bass, Roger Humphries – drums, Tracks 3, 6, 10 – Horace Silver – piano, Blue Mitchell – trumpet, Junior Cook – tenor saxophone, Gene Taylor – bass, Roy Brooks – drums

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