Horace Silver: Doodlin'
Horace Silver (piano)
Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note 7 243 8 64478 2 1)
Composed by Horace Silver.
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, November 13, 1954
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
From one of the classic hard-bop albums comes Horace Silver's first hit. Take a simple riff, rhythmically displace it several times over D-flat blues harmonies, resolve it with a staccato, quasi-humorous phrase, and you have "Doodlin'." (It's far less easy to do than that sounds.) Silver's solo is the highlight of this performance—the essence of inspired simplicity. Jon Hendricks later wrote engaging lyrics to the theme and piano solo; they can be heard on Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan at Basin Street East.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner