Horace Silver: Serenade to a Teakettle


Serenade to a Teakettle


Horace Silver (piano)


The Hardbop Grandpop (Impulse IMPD-192)

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Horace Silver (piano), Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Steve Turre (trombone), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax), Ron Carter (bass), Lewis Nash (drums).

Composed by Horace Silver


Recorded: New York, February 29 or March 1, 1996


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

The Hardbop Grandpop, despite its all-star cast, is overall not one of Horace Silver's finest albums; judged by Silver's own past standards, the compositions are mostly good but not exceptional. Nonetheless, "Serenade to a Teakettle" is a fine example of late Silver, and definitely one of this CD's high points. In addition, it gives us a rare chance to hear Silver writing for four horns—at times contrapuntally, which is unusual for him. Soloists Claudio Roditi, Ronnie Cuber and Silver all dig deeply into this 6/4 Latin opus.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner


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