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Horace Silver

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

A tribute to Horace Silver, who died on Wednesday, aged 85.
One of the prime movers of hard bop, Horace Silver said his mission in jazz was "to burn", as pianist, leader and composer. Geoffrey Smith chooses fiery performances by him and such Silver admirers as Buddy Rich, Mark Murphy and Alan Barnes.

First broadcast in September 2012.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Alan Barnes

    Baghdad Blues

    Performer: Alan Barnes. Performer: Steve Waterman.
  • Stan Getz

    Penny

    Performer: Stan Getz. Performer: Horace Silver.
  • Dizzy Gillespie

    Doodlin

    Performer: Quincy Jones. Performer: Dizzy Gillespie.
  • Mark Murphy

    Senor Blues

    Performer: Mark Murphy. Performer: Jim Hall. Performer: Clark Terry.
  • Buddy Rich

    Cape Verdean Blues

    Performer: Buddy Rich.
  • Horace Silver

    Song For My Father

    Performer: Horace Silver. Performer: Carmell Jones.
  • Horace Silver

    Blowin' The Blues Away

    Performer: Horace Silver. Performer: Junior Cook. Performer: Blue Mitchell.
  • Horace Silver

    Opus De Funk

    Performer: Horace Silver. Performer: Art Blakey. Performer: Hank Mobley.
  • Horace Silver

    The Preacher

    Performer: Horace Silver. Performer: Hank Mobley. Performer: Art Blakey.
  • Horace Silver

    Sister Sadie

    Performer: Horace Silver. Performer: Blue Mitchell.
  • Horace Silver

    Shirl

    Performer: Horace Silver. Performer: Doug Watkins.
  • Stan Getz

    Penny

    Composer: Silver Performers: Stan Getz, ts; Horace Silver, p; Joe Calloway, b; Walter Bolden, d. 1st March 1951

    • The Smoothest Operator.
    • JSP Records.
    • JSP 943B, T. 24.
  • Horace Silver

    Opus De Funk

    Composer: Silver Performers: Horace Silver, p; Percy Heath, b; Art Blakey, d. 23rd November 1953

    • The Best of Horace Silver.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP79114432 (1); Tr. 1.
  • Horace Silver

    The Preacher

    Composer: Silver Performers: Horace Silver, p; Hank Mobley, ts; Kenny Dorham, t; Doug Watkins, b; Art Blakey, d. 6th February 1955

    • The Best of Horace Silver.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP79114432 (1); Tr. 4.
  • Horace Silver

    Sister Sadie

    Composer: Silver Performers: Horace Silver, p; Blue Mitchell, t; Junior Cook, ts; Gene Taylor, b; Louis Hayes, d. 30th August 1959

    • The Best of Horace Silver.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP7911432; Tr. 11.
  • Dizzy Gillespie

    Doodlin'

    Composer: Silver Performers: Dizzy Gillespie, Emmett Berry, Carl Warwick, Quincy Jones, Joe Gordon, t; Melba Liston, Frank Rehak, Rod Leavitt, tb; Phil Woods, Jimmy Powell, as; Ernie Wilkins, Billy Mitchell ts; Marty Flax, bs; Walter Davis, p; Nelson Boyd, b; Charlie Persip, d. 1956

    • Dizzy Gillespie: Four Classic Albums.
    • Avid.
    • AMSC968; D2, Tr.5.
  • Horace Silver

    Shirl

    Composer: Silver Performers: Horace Silver, p; Doug Watkins, b; Louis Hayes, d. 11th October 1956

    • The Quintessence.
    • Fremeaux & Associes.
    • FA 287. D1, Tr. 12.
  • Mark Murphy

    Senor Blues

    Composer: Silver Performers: Mark Murphy, v; Nick Travis and Clark Terry or Snooky Young, t; Bernie Leighton or Dick Hyman, org; Roger Kellaway, p; Jim Hall, g; Ben Tucker, b; Dave Bailey, d; Willie Rodriguez, cga or tam. 1962

    • That’s How I Love the Blues.
    • Riverside.
    • RLP 441. S1/2.
  • Alan Barnes

    Baghdad Blues

    Composer: Silver Performers: Alan Barnes, as; Steve Waterman, t; John Donaldson, p; Dave Green, b; Steve Brown, d. 2005

    • Yeah!.
    • Specific.
    • SPEC002. Tr. 3.
  • Buddy Rich

    Cape Verdean Blues

    Composer: Silver Performers: Buddy Rich, d; Chuck Schmidt, Dean Pratt, John Marshall, Danny Hayes, t; Matt Johnson, Dale Kirkland, tb; Edward Eby, btb; Chuck Wilson, Alan Gauvin, af, f; Steve Marcus, ss, ts; Gary Bribek ts; Greg Smith, bs; Barry Keiner, p, arr; tom Warrington, b. 1977

    • Class of ‘78.
    • BBC.
    • CJCD832 (1), Tk.3.
  • Horace Silver

    Song for My Father

    Composer: Silver Performers: Horace Silver, p; Carmell Jones, t; Joe Henderson, ts; Teddy Smith, b; Roger Humphries, d. 26th October 1964

    • Song for my Father.
    • Blue Note.
    • 4990022 (1); Tr. 1.
  • Horace Silver

    Blowin' the Blues Away

    Composer: Silver Performers: Horace Silver, p. Junior Cook, ts; Blue Mitchell, t; Gene Taylor, b; Louis Hayes, d. 29th August 1959

    • The Best of Horace Silver.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP7911432 (1); Tr.12.

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