Recorded on May 19 & 20, 1961 in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Village Gate, this album features pianist/composer Horace Silver's best known quintet with Junior Cook(tenor sax), Blue Mitchell(trumpet), Gene Taylor(bass) & Roy Brooks(drums). This beautifully integrated group play six memorable Silver originals with the highlights being 'Filthy McNasty', 'Cool Eyes' and the title track.
'Doin' The Thing' is an exhilarating live album that still sounds fresh over 50 years later and is a must for anyone who appreciates soulful and swinging hard bop.
This 1961 "live recording" finds the quintet in performance at the Village Gate. The recording quality is excellent for a concert recording of that vintage. I very much like "live" performances as opposed to studio recordings. The latter are usually better quality in terms of sound, but as a jazz fan I'd much prefer to hear the effect that playing to an audience has. A good audience can inspire a musician to give more, and that happens on this CD.
The band is a well established unit except for the drummer. Silver, Blue Mitchell (t), Junior Cook (tnr) and Gene Taylor (b) have recorded together many times. Roy Brooks is a change, but he plays well throughout.
Silver, Mitchell, Cook all solo consistently well, Brooks also features and Taylor keeps the group together.Horace Silver was a masterful pianist, composer and leader. His compositions always have something new and interesting in them. He doesn't disappoint on this fine album. As expected for this period the music is mostly pretty hard bebop, but unusually it is all tuneful and accessible.
on 8 March 2010
Mr. Chavez is absolutely right, you won't get a better sound of this from Horace Silver, and so far is the favourite my son,two year old, jazz album.