Horace Silver: Song for My Father
Song For My Father
Horace Silver (piano)
Song For My Father (Blue Note 99002)
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