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Six Pieces Of Silver
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 12 November 2012
This early Horace Silver Quintet album comprises two sessions from 1956 & 1958.
Tracks 1-8(mono) were recorded on November 10, 1956 with Silver(piano), Hank Mobley(tenor sax), Donald Byrd(trumpet), Doug Watkins(bass) & Louis Hayes(drums).
Tracks 9-10(stereo) were recorded on June 15, 1958 with Silver(piano), Junior Cook(tenor sax), Donald Byrd(trumpet), Gene Taylor(bass) & Louis Hayes(drums) with a vocal by Bill Henderson on 'Senor Blues'.
All ten memorable tracks feature Silver originals with the highlights being 'Senor Blues'(all three versions), 'Cool Eyes', 'Camouflage' and the trio track 'Shirl'.
This RVG Edition(2000) of 'Six Pieces of Silver' contains almost an hour of soulful and swinging hard bop that still sounds fresh over 50 years later.
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on 28 July 2005
This was Silver's second LP as a band-leader, and his first for Blue Note. It features the great hit Señor Blues, but in fact every track on this CD is great. It is interesting that there is such a veriety in rhythm, displaying Silver's great talents as a composer, and yet somehow the album is very coherent. This CD edition, like all the Rudy Van Gelder remastered albums is well done ; not only for the welcome bonus tracks but also for the liner notes. You have the original liner notes by Leonard Feather, and then some additional notes by Blumenthal for this CD, putting the album in its historic context. Great CD.
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on 26 June 2014
Horace Silver was the longest serving of all the recording artists on Blue Note, and understandably so, because his music was of a consistently high standard,and always immediately identifiable. The downside of that, of course, is that you can't point to one disc as being obviously the one to get. However, this is as good as any of them.
Most of this disc dates from 1956, the band consisting of Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Horace, Doug Watkins and Louis Hayes. Two bonus tracks are added, with Junior Cook replacing Mobley and Gene Taylor replacing Watkins, and dating from 1958. As with all Silver discs there is much variety, and nothing flashy,wasteful or extraneous at all.
Horace had a gift for catchy tunes. The star piece here is 'Senor Blues', a funky minor blues with an insinuating line. It appears here in its original form, the alternate 45 take and a 1958 version with vocal by Bill Henderson. Notwithstanding the repetition it does not outstay its welcome.
The disc also includes two pensive trio ballads, 'Shirl' and 'For Heaven's Sake', 'Virgo' and 'Cool Eyes' fastish swingers, and 'Camouflage' and ''Enchantment', both more complex themes. Although all themes betray Horace's careful hand in their composition and arrangement, all provide plenty of unfettered solo space.
All the soloists take full advantage. Byrd, not always the most forceful of trumpets, is driven along by Horace's percussive comping, and produces fine solos in a Clifford Brown style. Mobley, one of the great unsung heroes of the tenor sax, rides the surf of Horace and the rhythm with style and elan. Horace himself, mainly a chordal player, has a driving, rumbling style, which means nobody rests when he's on.
Along with Art Blakey, Horace was really the heart of hard bop. If you don't get this, you really have to have some of his stuff.
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on 21 August 2005
I bought this because I wanted to hear again how Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley fitted in with Horace Silver. Neither was the raunchiest of soloists, to say the least. Donald Byrd did not play with Pepper Adams for years for nothing. The latter's gruff attack contrasted well with Byrd's, at this stage, still Brownie-like sound. Horace Silver's ensemble writing suits Byrd's attack better than it does Mobley. Tippin', on which Junior Cook replaces Mobley, says it all, though I dare say Hank was the better saxophonist. Strokes and folks...
This is good music, wherein Donald Byrd serves Horace Silver's style better.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 October 2014
I am a Horace Silver fan. I consider him a masterful composer, pianist and bandleader but this album fails to cut the mustard for me. It is his first album recorded as leader (1956) although he had made a number of recordings when he was a "Messenger". He appears with ex- "Messengers" Donald Byrd (t) and Hank Mobley (tnr), although ng with Doug Watkins (b) and a youthful Louis Hayes (d). Apart from the popular Senor Blues, the other tunes fail to engage me. Is it the tunes or musicians? I admire Hank Mobley, and his stand-out albums that he is to produce (Roll Call and Soul Station) will be superb, but he doesn't seem to gel here; replacement Junior Cook (heard on two later bonus tracks) seems a better fit. Likewise Blue Mitchell, on later albums, fits better than Byrd.
Thus to my mind this has merit mostly as an historic document: Silver's first recording as a leader.Later albums are better.
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VINE VOICEon 21 November 2014
Horace at his best - I have lived with this since I got a U.S. import circa 1960. Senior Blues was the first track I heard and I was hooked immediately on the group and on Hank Mobley's tenor. One of the great jazz recordings and a must I every collection. This music reeks of the city.
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on 11 December 2012
Excusing the pun this is Gold.Consistent as ever Silver has fine sidesmen who he deserves, and deserve him!.
Consider buying this.
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