Horace Silver

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A highly influential and early bop pioneer pianist, Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver was "discovered" by Stan Getz in 1950. Gifted with a natural funky style, Silver forever changed the face of Blue Note with nearly three decades of explosive sessions. From his impressive and extensive discography, beginners can possibly start by picking Song for My Father (Blue Note).

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Horace Silver (born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, September 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014) was an American jazz pianist and composer.

Silver is known for his distinctive playing style and pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop. He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music, and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers 4
1956 Whims of Chambers Paul Chambers Sextet with Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver & Philly Joe Jones 3
1959 Horace Silver Trio Horace Silver 4
1971 Total Response: The United States Of Mind Phase 2 Horace Silver 1
1975 Silver 'n Brass Horace Silver 1
1993 It's Got to Be Funky Horace Silver 1
1996 The Hardbop Grandpop Horace Silver 2
1996 Re-Entry Horace Silver 1
1997 A Prescription for the Blues Horace Silver 1
1999 Jazz... Has... A Sense of Humor Horace Silver 1
1999 The Baghdad Blues - 1959 Horace Silver 2
2002 In Pursuit of the 27th Man Horace Silver 4 1
2002 Paris Blues, 1962 Horace Silver 1
2005 Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers Horace Silver 1
2008 Violin Concertos Beethoven; Mozart, Horace Silver; Nigel Kennedy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Best of Horace Silver Horace Silver 1
1989 The Best of Horace Silver, Volume 2 Horace Silver 1
1992 Greatest Hits Horace Silver 1
1994 Safari (1952-1954) Horace Silver 1
1997 Jazz Profile: Horace Silver (No.012) Horace Silver 1
1998 Senor Blues: 1955-1959 Horace Silver 1
1999 Retrospective Horace Silver 1
2000 The Story of Jazz Horace Silver 1
2003 Rockin' With Rachmaninoff Horace Silver 1
2004 Modern Jazz Archive: Horace Silver Horace Silver 1
2004 The United States of Mind Horace Silver 2
2005 Quadromania Jazz Edition: Horace Silver: Down Home Horace Silver 1
2005 The Very Best Horace Silver 1
2006 Music for Lovers Horace Silver 1
2007 Coleção Folha clássicos do jazz, Volume 10 Horace Silver 1
2010 Blue Note TSF Horace Silver 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Live at Newport '58 Horace Silver 1
2014 Live in New York 1953 Horace Silver Quartet With Lou Donaldson 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Silver'n Percussion Horace Silver 1

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