Horace Silver: Opus de Funk


Opus de Funk


Horace Silver (piano)


The Best of Horace Silver: The Blue Note Years (Blue Note CDP 7 91143 2)

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Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (bass), Art Blakey (drums).

Composed by Horace Silver


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, November 23, 1953


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Horace Silver came to New York City in 1950 after being hired by Stan Getz. Soon he became much in demand as a sideman for a variety of "name" leaders. His first recordings as a leader were trio sessions for Blue Note in 1952-53 with Art Blakey on drums and Gene Ramey, Curly Russell or Percy Heath on bass.

"Opus de Funk" is a good example of early Silver—fluent bebop in the Bud Powell idiom, but with an earthiness that recalls earlier eras. (Appropriately, the tune is a blues.) Silver had played tenor saxophone before deciding to concentrate on piano, and it's easy to hear a tenor-like quality in his lines. Not surprisingly, he was an accompanist in those years to such great tenor players as Getz, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner

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  • 1 Bill Muntz // Oct 08, 2008 at 12:14 AM
    Opus is a very well constructed tune, and, while being easy to listen to, can be quite difficult for the non bebop musician. But the venture is worth the effort. I decided to use this piece some time ago and have found it difficult to do a satisfying performance. Jamie Aebersold has an excellent practice CD for running through the changes. But in the beginning I found it necessery to study the chords. Of course we need to study the chords for all the tunes we play.