I first heard Horace Silver's "Song for My Father" in the Jazz History class I took a few years back and loved it. This prompted me to find more by the artist, and I was led to this CD. I can't even imagine what Volume 1 must be like, because jazz better than this must be mind-blowing. Every single track is marvelous. The grooving "Song," breezy "Serenade for a Soul Sister," jazzy "Pretty Eyes," frenetic and brassy "Nutville," soulful "Jody Grind," and funny "Mexican Hip Dance" are all good songs.
Aside from "Song," the best numbers here are the smooth, suave "Gregory is Here" and the magnificent "Cape Verdean Blues," which is one of the best recordings I have ever heard. Joe Henderson rips through one of the greatest jazz solos ever, chorus after chorus of masterful playing.
This CD is an excellent introduction to Mr. Silver's music, sort of a blend of cool jazz and bop, always with its own special sound that sets it apart from other artists. He's still playing today, I'm told, self-nicknamed "The Hard-Bop Grandpop." Making music like this, we should hope he's playing forever. Definitely worth your money.