Horace Silver: Cool Eyes
Horace Silver (piano)
Six Pieces of Silver (Blue Note 25648)
Composed by Horace Silver.
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, November 10, 1956
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
From the same Horace Silver album as his hit "Seņor Blues," "Cool Eyes," with its 32-bar AABA theme, is a delightful example of Silver's much-heralded craftsmanship. The harmonies are among the most basic in jazz: "I Got Rhythm" in the A sections, "Honeysuckle Rose" in the B section. What Silver does with them, though, is highly original. Note the last eight bars of the theme, for example, where he doubles the two horns with his piano, changing the color of the line in a fresh and unexpected way. Add to that a catchy written interlude between solos, plus a surprise ending, and the result is one of the most attractive "Rhythm"/"Honeysuckle Rose" contrafacts.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner