Jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver, 1928-2014

The great jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver died today "of natural causes" at his home in New Rochelle, New York.

He was 85. Credited with pioneering the form known as "hard bop," the Connecticut native was influenced by the culture and music of Cape Verde, from where his family emigrated to the US.

Horace Silver by Dmitri Savitski, 1989, via Wikipedia.

Horace Silver by Dmitri Savitski, 1989, via Wikipedia.

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  1. I don't have any of his other records, but he was a sideman to Miles Davis on Bag's Groove, which I love dearly. I'll have to give it a spin in his honor this evening.

  2. Song For My Father was my intro to the wonderful world of jazz. A sad day.

  3. There's p'bly some Silver lurking elsewhere in your collection...he's been covered by all sorts, from Eddie Palmieri (Nica's Dream) to Pat Metheny (Lonely Woman).

  4. Benny Golson

  5. man, far out! every once in a while, the powers that be actually get it right. A great new avatar for you, too.

    Hey, may as well give Mr. Donaldson a look-see. Beats a sharp stick in the eye, I always say. You never know. I saw James Brown in the twilight of his life just out of respect. I had no expectations other than seeing a nostalgia show, but I was taken aback by how powerfully he attacked his performance--and in a smaller market, too (Knoxville.) He was still worthy of his mantle "Mr. Dynamite."

    Then again, I paid a bunch to see Link Wray in 02 and he was a buffoon who told rambling stories and played parts of a few songs. It was sad about the alzheimers or whatever, but that show sucked. So, you never know what you're gonna get. But I suppose it beat a sharp stick in the eye. My money is on a good show from Mr. Donaldson. I'm afraid I don't know Houston Person.

    I was born too late to see most of the jazzers that I listen too, but Sonny, Jimmy Smith, and the MJQ were all fantastic shows. Of those within my generation, I've seen Medeski, Martin, and Wood a couple times (me and a roomful of Phish-tour types--oh well,) Squirrel Nut Zippers, and even though I don't generally cotton to free jazz, I went to see Ken Vandermark and his Five just on the strength that he'd won the MacArthur grant and was pretty blown away. Had to catch them again next tour.

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