Horace Silver: Lonely Woman
Horace Silver (piano)
Song For My Father (Blue Note 7 24349 90022 6)
Composed by Horace Silver.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 31, 1963
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Horace Silver's ballad playing isn't always completely satisfying for me, especially when his fondness for quoting mars the atmosphere of a ballad performance. But here he sets a mood and maintains it in gripping, singer-like fashion. This song—not to be confused with either the Benny Carter or Ornette Coleman piece of the same title—should be better known; it's one of Silver's loveliest compositions. After the breakup of Silver's 1959-64 group, this track and "Calcutta Cutie" were used to fill out the Song For My Father album by the successor quintet.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner