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).
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.