Horace Silver: Sister Sadie


Sister Sadie


Horace Silver (piano)


Blowin' the Blues Away (Blue Note BST-84017)

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Horace Silver (piano), Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Junior Cook (tenor sax), Gene Taylor (bass), Louis Hayes (drums).

Composed by Horace Silver


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 30, 1959


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This irresistible gospel-inflected piece is one of Horace Silver's most popular and enduring compositions. It's also probably as close as five musicians will ever come to sounding like a big band—a tribute to Silver's writing. It's no coincidence that at least three big bands (Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the University of Illinois Jazz Band) followed in the 1960s with recorded arrangements of this tune. But it's hard to beat Silver's own treatment; his quintet shouts, dances and roars.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner

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  • 1 Anthony Tei // Mar 07, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    I love the song sister Sadie sung by DEE Dee Bridgewater. I play it over and over every day. I can't understand why no matter what web site I try ... No one will give me the words to the song. It's not like I am looking for the sheet music - just the words so I can sing along. Not that I am a singer of any sort either. I can download the music at every website but not the words. I just don't understand that. By the way I love the Horace Silver version too.