Monday, June 23, 2014

Horace Silver, hard bop innovator

JazzTimes Logo The Jazz Wire
June 20, 2014

Horace Silver Dies at 85
By Jeff Tamarkin

NEA Jazz Master Horace Silver, an extraordinarily creative pianist and composer who brought soulfulness, a rhythmic spring and what he called a “meaningful simplicity” to hard bop, died of natural causes June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. Silver was 85. A mainstay of the Blue Note Records label throughout the label’s heyday—the early ’50s until 1980—Silver leaves behind a sizable and highly cherished body of work, highlighted by his 1965 album (and its evocative title track, now a jazz standard) Song for My Father, which continues to turn up on lists of essential jazz recordings nearly a half century after its release..

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