Horace Silver: Señor Blues


Señor Blues


Horace Silver (piano)


Six Pieces of Silver (Blue Note 25648)

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Horace Silver (piano), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Doug Watkins (bass), Louis Hayes (drums).

Composed by Horace Silver


Recorded: Hackensack, N.J., November 10, 1956


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

One of the pioneers of the hard-bop movement, pianist Horace Silver composed a number of tunes with infectious rhythms and simple, earthy melodies that eventually gained classic status. One such composition, “Señor Blues,” with its 6/8 meter and catchy Latin rhythms, was recorded shortly after Silver left the Jazz Messengers, and it became one of his most popular. Except for the substitution of drummer Louis Hayes for Art Blakey, the personnel of this quintet, which uses the classic hard-bop instrumentation, is the same as that of the Messengers at the time of Silver’s departure.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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