HORACE SILVER R.I.P. 1928 - 2014

June 19, 2014 – 2:52 pm

Horace Silver, one of the most highly regarded pianists and composers in jazz, has died on June 18, 2014 in the US, aged 85. He was one of the pioneers of a rhythmic jazz style known as hard bop. The BBC noted that Silver’s first album, Finger Poppin’ with the Horace Silver Quintet (1959), is regarded as a milestone in the development of hard bop - a style Silver continued to explore during his 25-year relationship with Blue Note records. Silver’s most notable works include Song For My Father, inspired by Cape Verdean folk music and gospel-driven The Preacher. His work also appeared on a number of Miles Davis’ albums, including 1954’s Walkin’.

While non-jazz fans might not be aware of Horace Silver, his Song For My Father has had a noticeable impact in pop music. The wikipedia noted: The opening bass piano notes were borrowed by Steely Dan for their song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, while the opening horn riff was borrowed by Stevie Wonder for his song “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”. Earth Wind & Fire also borrowed the opening bass notes for their song “Clover”. In the booklet of their box set, Paul Weller noted that he ‘nicked ‘the chords for the Style Council’s 1984 song ‘Me Ship Came In!’

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Antibes 1969/Pori 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the International Jazz Festival Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, France; July 26, 1969. Live at Pori 8, Internationales Finnisches JazzFest, Finland; July 14, 1973 (also wrongly listed at April 14, 1973). Very good FM broadcasts.

Thanks to BN_2005 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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International Jazz Festival Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, France 1969
Track 01. Song for my Father 7:17 (12.2MB)
Track 02. Untitled 7:09 (12.0MB)
15 mins

Horace Silver - piano
Randy Brecker - trumpet
Bennie Maupin - tenor saxophone
Johnny Williams - bass
Billy Cobham - drums

Internationales Finnisches JazzFest, Pori, Finland 1973
Track 03. Introduction 0:58 (1.6MB)
Track 04. Acid, Pot Or Pills 13:58 (23.5MB)
Track 05. Gregory Is Here 8:46 (14.7MB)
Track 06. Song For My Father 12:16 (20.6MB)
36 mins

Horace Silver - piano
Randy Brecker - trumpet
Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone
Bob Cranshaw - bass
Mickey Roker Rocker - drums

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  1. 17 Responses to “HORACE SILVER R.I.P. 1928 - 2014”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Jun 19, 2014

  3. Excellent !!!+

    By jack bond on Jun 19, 2014

  4. That’s “Mickey Roker”

    By tajackson on Jun 19, 2014

  5. Sail on, Horace.

    By nobsartist on Jun 19, 2014

  6. Thank you, Big O!!

    By ocripes on Jun 19, 2014

  7. Thanks, BigO! Rest in peace, Horace Silver.

    By aking on Jun 20, 2014

  8. nice…song for my father reminds me of some of my favourite stanley turrentine pieces.

    By sluggo on Jun 20, 2014

  9. A giant lies downnthe music will stands forever
    The show in Finland was recorded on April 4

    By Koen didier on Jun 20, 2014

  10. Thanks tajackson.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 20, 2014

  11. I got turned on to Horace via Leon Thomas’ version of Song For My Father. Check it out and RIP Horace Silver.

    By rich on Jun 20, 2014

  12. more jazz means less darth, he never posts on the jazz loads and thats great .let him have his monkees and hugh laurie.
    the real music fans can congregate here.

    By free the jazz on Jun 20, 2014

  13. thanks, big-O - a wonderful choice!


    By I-) on Jun 21, 2014

  14. Great post!! R.I.P Horace Silver.

    By Ernie47 on Jun 21, 2014

  15. Another odd Song for My Father rip… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6c4Q0AS-Jo

    By joe gumbo on Jun 26, 2014

  16. I’m impressed, I must say.

    By Logan Mauzy on Nov 2, 2015

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  18. Give me a minute to shir on this guy’s grave

    By U L E on Jun 25, 2021

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