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A Silver lining
on 27 November 2006
It's the simpleness of his warm, infectious grooves that makes Horace Silver's music so enduring. The Bossa Nova infused title track is a typical example of his ability to pen catchy rhythms, "Song for my father," is notable for Joe Henderson's blazing solo and it remains one of those Blue Note signature tunes. Each track starts with a bass note and a single piano chord before gently building into a tumultuous ebb and flow. "Calcutta Cutie," has a slighly eerie, claustrophobic feel to it and it combines well with the snaking,"Que Pasa." The liner notes on this re-issued version give an interesting insight into the rag bag of musicians that Silver used in laying down the tracks. The rather lengthy recording time and the two quintets involved can only add to the record's allure
Some stuffy Jazz aficionados like to have a pop at this. Maybe the trumpets are a little blown away by the rhythm section but it remains one of my personal favourite Blue Notes and this is surely a must have in anyone's reocord collection.