Horace Silver: Peace
Horace Silver (piano)
Blowin' the Blues Away (Blue Note BST-84017)
Composed by Horace Silver.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 29, 1959
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Horace Silver has never struck me as a convincing ballad performer, yet here he contributes one of the great ballad compositions of the era. "Peace" is an aptly named song, perhaps the gentlest work in the voluminous Silver discography. I especially like the way the form keeps turning in on itself, without a bridge to change the ambiance -- in this regard, this song reminds me of what Miles had done four months earlier with "Blue in Green," another pacifying bridge-less ballad. The only thing I find unsatisfying with this performance is Silver's apparent attempt to prod the rest of the band into double time during his solo. Taylor and Hayes refuse to budge, even when Silver's solo seems to be begging for a more swinging accompaniment. But even with the mismatch between the jaunty piano and the relaxed attitude of the bass and drums, "Peace" is one of Silver's gems. Mitchell's contribution is also noteworthy.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia