Horace Silver: Song for My Father

Although Horace Silver was a mainstay of the hard-bop/soul movement in the 1950s as both pianist and composer, he did not record his best-known tune until 1964. Having heard authentic bossa nova during a recent trip to Brazil, Silver incorporated the beat into a piece he dedicated to his father, who was of Portuguese descent. The songís simple melody and minor harmony over the bossa nova rhythm create a languid, somewhat reverential mood that stands in contrast to one of tenorist Joe Hendersonís most passionate and moving solos.

October 24, 2007 · 1 comment


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