Horace Silver: Pretty Eyes


Pretty Eyes


Horace Silver (piano)


The Cape Verdean Blues (Blue Note 7 243 5 90839 2 6)

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Horace Silver (piano), Woody Shaw (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Roger Humphries (drums).

Composed by Horace Silver


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 1, 1965


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

By the time that Horace Silver recorded The Cape Verdean Blues (certainly among his half-dozen best albums), the precocious trumpeter Woody Shaw had replaced Carmell Jones. Being between bass players, Silver used studio stalwart Bob Cranshaw for his first of several appearances on Silver's albums in the 1960s and '70s.

In his liner notes, Leonard Feather described "Pretty Eyes" as "…Horace's first recorded original jazz waltz." And a superior one it is—singable and most suitable for blowing. Shaw and Joe Henderson (one of the finest two-horn teams in jazz history, as they proved with Silver, organist Larry Young, and on their own) are alternately lyrical, probing and tough. Silver is spare and in a quoting mood.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner


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