Horace Silver - Piano

Horace Silver is a constant presence in the Jazz scene during the 50s and 60s. Born in 1928 in Norwalk Connecticut, he first came to the attention when Stan Getz hired him for a tour in 1952 and has established himself in New York since then. Silver formed his own quintet which included Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone. The quintet was originally called the Jazz Messengers, but through some complicated business his drummer Art Blakey ended up with the rights to use the name. However, just like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers through the years, Horace Silver's quintet became a spring board for emerging talent, such as Art Farmer, Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Woody Shaw and the Brecker brothers. Silver is a typical exponent of the hard-bop movement and most of his quintet's recordings are on the Blue Note label. He recorded with them from 52 until 1979. Silver has left a wealth of classic Jazz recordings. He can be heard alongside Art Blakey, Lou Donaldson and Clifford Brown on what is arguably the best all-time live Jazz album: "A Night at Birdland Vols. 1 and 2" recorded in 1954. He appeared as a sideman on numerous classic albums, such as Stan Getz's Complete Roost Recordings, Lou Donaldson's Quartet, Quintet, Sextet, Howard McGhee Sextet, Art Farmer's Early Art, Septet and Sextet, Blue Haze, Bags Grove and Walkin' with Miles Davis, Milt Jackson's Quartet Quintet and Plenty Plenty Soul, Kenny Dorham's Afro Cuban, Hank Mobley's Quartet, Kenny Clarke's Bohemia after Dark, Introducing Nat Adderley, Donald Byrd's Byrds Eye View, Gigi Gryce's Nica's Tempo, Hank Mobley's Sextet, & his All-Stars and The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley Vol.1, Kenny Burrell's K.B. Blues, Lee Morgan's Quintet and Sextet, Sonny Rollins Vol. 2 and The Eminent J.J. Johnson. From 1956 onwards Silver recorded a string of recordings with his own quintet which featured Junior Cook on tenor saxophone and Blue Mitchell on trumpet. In particular Blowin' the Blues away, from this period is a very strong album. His second Quintet featured Joe Henderson and various different names on trumpet. His best albums from the early 60s are without doubt "Song for my Father" ('64), "The Cape Verdean Blues" ('65) and "The Jody Grind" ('66).
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Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers  Blue Note 46140
Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers
Best of Horace Silver the Blue Note Years vol 1 Blue Note 91143
The Blue Note Years: The Best of Horace Silver
Best of Horace Silver the Blue Note Years vol 2 Blue Note 93206
The Best of Horace Silver, Vol. 2
Horace Scope Blue Note 84042
Song for my Father Blue Note 84185
Song for My Father
The Cape Verdean Blues Blue Note 84220
The Cape Verdean Blues
Blowin' the Blues away Blue Note 46526
Blowin' the Blues Away
Six Pieces of Silver Blue Note 81539
The Jody Grind Blue Note 84250
The Jody Grind
The Tokyo Blues Blue Note
The Tokyo Blues
Hard bop Grand Pop Grp Records
Hard Bop Grandpop
Horace Silver Trio Blue Note
Horace Silver Trio
A prescription for the Blues Grp Records
A Prescription for the Blues
Silver's Serenade Blue Note 21288
Silver's Serenade
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