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Funkiest hard-bop album ever
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.