Horace Silver: Kissin' Cousins


Kissin' Cousins


Horace Silver (piano)


Silver 'N Brass (out-of-print vinyl LP only) (Blue Note BN-LA 406-G)


Horace Silver (piano), Tom Harrell (trumpet), Bob Berg (tenor sax), Bob Cranshaw (electric bass), Bernard Purdie (drums),

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

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