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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars

on 4 June 2017
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on 12 June 2017
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VINE VOICEon 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.
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on 2 December 2009
If you've never heard of Horace Silver, this is the place to start. One of the greatest jazz pianists of the last 40 or 50 years, Silver recorded many albums for Blue Note in their trademark hard bop style, with all their great performers including Art Blakey, Blue Mitchell, Carmell Jones,Hank Mobley etc. The eponymous title track is one of the catchiest and most memorable numbers ever recorded on the label and is on a par with Lee Morgan's Sidewinder for instant classic status, but the album is packed with wonderful music. Hard to beat at this price.
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on 2 June 2001
Quintessential hard bop from the founding father of funk: an absolutely kicking album. Hugely influential, irresistibly swinging deep groove. Joe Henderson's saxophone is driven by waves of emotion and Silver's crisp composition and rhythmic left hand is at its most compelling. This is easily one of my favourite albums. I'm capable of playing it over and over again - the title tune is simply thrilling. The whole band exudes ebullience and optimism.
But the album is far more than mere entertainment: Silver's own trio piece, the closing "Lonely Woman" (not to be confused with the eponymous 1959 piece by Ornette Coleman, or the 1937 one by Benny Carter) is exceptional for its introspective lyricism. Silver's father was from Maio, Cape Verde, and his Portuguese origin (presumably Silva) explains the sub-title of the album: Cantiga para meu pai. No father could hope for a more heartfelt dedication.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 May 2014
This 1965 recording by the Horace Silver Quintet (though, strictly speaking, there are two different quintets here) is the sort of album that almost defies genre – it’s obviously jazz (with a latin and be-bop feel), but its commerciality is so (for me, at least) all-pervading that I would have no hesitation recommending it (and, indeed, much of Silver’s work) to non-jazz fans. Silver has always had an ear for a catchy melody and the examples here, along with the album’s latin rhythms (no doubt partly deriving from the man’s own cultural heritage), make Song For My Father a totally intoxicating listen.

Strangely enough, though, the album had a rather chequered production history (as perhaps inferred by its ‘double quintet’ nature). At its core are four tunes featuring Silver’s 'new’ quintet, with Joe Henderson on tenor sax and Carmel Jones on trumpet. These are the bossa nova beat-backed title tune, The Natives Are Restless Tonight, the slow-burning Que Pasa? (all Silver compositions) and the blistering Henderson-penned number The Kicker – all are outstanding with (in particular) some great soloing from the emerging talent Henderson, and with one or two impressive solos from drummer Roger Humphries. Also included on the ‘original’ (1965 release) album are two Silver tunes with the man’s earlier quintet, featuring Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Junior Cook on tenor – Calcutta Cutie and Lonely Woman. These are more laid back (with less horns), but Lonely Woman (in particular) is a beautiful composition with some heartfelt piano from Silver.

The 1999 release also includes four extra tunes with the earlier quintet. Sanctimonious Sam is an infectious waltz written by the saxophonist Musa Kaleem, Sighin’ And Cryin’ is a moody, strolling number with some nice playing from Mitchell, Silver Treads Among My Soul is another catchy Silver tune with some nice piano and there is an abbreviated (but still infectious) trio version of Que Pasa? It’s an album which comes highly recommended.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 June 2016
'Song For My Father' is probably the most well-known album by pianist/composer Horace Silver(1928-2014).
This CD features two quintets with Silver(piano); Carmell Jones(trumpet); Joe Henderson(tenor sax); Teddy Smith(bass) & Roger Humphries(drums) on tracks 1, 2, 4 & 5 recorded in New Jersey on October 28, 1964.
The second quintet has Silver(piano); Blue Mitchell(trumpet); Junior Cook(tenor sax); Gene Taylor(bass) & Roy Brooks(drums) on tracks 3 & 7 recorded in New Jersey on October 31, 1963 and tracks 9 & 10 recorded on January 28, 1964. Tracks 6 & 8 are piano trio performances.
The ten memorable numbers feature eight Silver originals(with quintet & trio versions of 'Que Pasa?') and one by tenorist Musa Kaleem.
This RVG Edition(1999) of 'Song For My Father' is an essential Horace Silver CD which should appeal to anyone who appreciates exhilarating and swinging hard bop with a touch of the exotic.
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on 16 May 2017
Deserves ten stars not only for top-notch assemble but also lives you in a blissful state-body and soul.All good with standouts being bipolar "Song For My Father" to probably best track of all "Lonely Woman".Applaud
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on 3 February 2006
The influence of Horace Silver is plain to hear on this evcellent album. This is accessable jazz but with plenty of bite. From the opening notes it sounds familiar and not just because the opening vamp was copied by Steely Dan. Silvers piano stlyle has been much copied and sampled so you will have heard him, or his style, on other artists songs many times without realising it. If you are looking for a place to start with a Horace Silver collection this is definitely where to start. If you are looking to get into jazz or to turn someone on to jazz then you could do no better than to start here. Also, if you like this then check out Art Blakey's "Moanin'"
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on 7 June 2003
Interesting... if one of the main reasons for the great space and vast praise garnered by the reviews for Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" is that it combines brilliant musicianship with tunes that are "accessible" by a much wider audience than pure jazz aficionados then why such little comparative interest in a record with similarly good credentials ?

While the playing on "Song For My Father" may not rank up there with Davis' & Coltrane's quite exceptional virtuosity on "Kind of Blue", Joe Henderson's sax, Carmell Jones' trumpet and Horace Silver's piano breaks push the album into the same rarefied and rare league: high quality jazz with enormous popular appeal. The trick ?... catchy lead riffs and backing rhythms that drive the songs forward while allowing often highly complex instrumental breaks to emerge effortlessly from, and back into, strong underlying melodies. The result?... a suite of songs that will grab space on your CD player over and over again and, in "Song For My Father" itself one of the most unforgettable jazz tracks ever made.
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