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Sing Along with Horace

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Horace Silver Woke up this morning (no, that is not going to be the beginning of a blues lyric)...

...and made this the background music to preparations for the day.

I chose it because I wanted something that had solos I could sing, hum and whistle along with as I fixed breakfast. Every note of Horace Silver's second Blue Note album, the first by the Jazz Messengers, has been embedded in my brain since shortly after it was released in 1955. My record collection then consisted of 10 or 12 LPs. This was one of them. I played it so often that Silver's, Kenny Dorham's and Hank Mobley's solos and Art Blakey's drum choruses became part of my mind's musical furniture. Silver, Blakey and bassist Doug Watkins comprised a rhythm section that was the standard for what came to be called, for better or for worse, hard bop. Dorham and Mobley, with their deep knowledge of chord-based improvisation, constructed some of their most memorable solos. Silver's compositions—and one by Mobley—are classics.

Having heard “Room 608," “The Preacher," “Doodlin'" and the other tunes on this indispensable album this morning, I'll feel good all day. Listen, and you will, too.



I'll be on the road for the next couple of days. Blogging will resume eventually. In the meantime, please search the archives.


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This story appears courtesy of Rifftides by Doug Ramsey.
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