Horace Silver: Song for My Father


Song For My Father


Horace Silver (piano)


Song For My Father (Blue Note 99002)

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Horace Silver (piano), Carmell Jones (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Teddy Smith (bass), Roger Humphries (drums).

Composed by Horace Silver


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 26, 1964


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Although Horace Silver was a mainstay of the hard-bop/soul movement in the 1950s as both pianist and composer, he did not record his best-known tune until 1964. Having heard authentic bossa nova during a recent trip to Brazil, Silver incorporated the beat into a piece he dedicated to his father, who was of Portuguese descent. The songís simple melody and minor harmony over the bossa nova rhythm create a languid, somewhat reverential mood that stands in contrast to one of tenorist Joe Hendersonís most passionate and moving solos.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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  • 1 Anders Chan-Tidemann // May 02, 2008 at 08:47 PM
    I once asked Joe Henderson whether he had pre-structured his solo on "Song For My Father" by figuring out what to play on the tune through live performances prior to recording it in the studio. The solo seemed so architecturally perfect - so composed - almost too perfect for "pure improvisation". He reacted with horror to the suggestion, of course, and insisted it was a spur of the moment solo. And he, of course, left many similarly "perfect" solos behind - another one that is also super-funky, but much less known, is on the song "Wiggle-Waggle" from Herbie's "Fat Albert Rotunda". But architectural integrity, not wasting notes or phrases - Joe was one of the true masters of those disciplines.