Horace Silver: Cool Eyes


Cool Eyes


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, 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

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  • 1 Eve // Mar 19, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    Hi, Does anyone know how to find Horace. I just found out that he is my father's cousin. We are all decentdants of people from the Cape Verde Island. My father met Horace at a show a long time ago. They talked and found out they were related. I would love to get in touch with him or some of his family members. Thank you. Eve