Horace Silver: Kissin' Cousins
Horace Silver (piano)
Silver 'N Brass (out-of-print vinyl LP only) (Blue Note BN-LA 406-G)
Bobby Bryant, Oscar Brashear (trumpets), Vince DeRosa (French horn), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Maurice Spears (bass trombone), Jerome Richardson (alto & soprano saxes, flute), Buddy Collette (alto sax, flute).
Composed by Horace Silver. Orchestrated by Wade Marcus.
Recorded: New York and Hollywood, January 17, 1975 and ?
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Tom Harrell and Bob Berg were Horace Silver's bright lights in the mid-1970s, and here they were part of an unusual project: the quintet laid down its tracks, and then Wade Marcus orchestrated Silver's voicings and overdubbed seven more horns playing them. It all worked quite well—the first in a series of '70s Silver albums that included woodwinds, percussion, voices and/or strings.
"Kissin' Cousins" is '70s funk á la Silver, and it burns appropriately. Berg in particular gets into the spirit of things; tenor saxophone, after all, is the solo instrument for a groove like this. And speaking of funk grooves, studio mainstay Bernard Purdie's is unbeatable.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner