Finger Poppin' With the Horace Silver Quintet

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Finger Poppin' was the first album Horace Silver recorded with the most celebrated version of his quintet, which featured trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, and this time around drummer Louis Hayes. It's also one of Silver's all-time classics, perfectly blending the pianist's advanced, groundbreaking hard bop style with the winning, gregarious personality conveyed in his eight original tunes. Silver always kept his harmonically sophisticated music firmly grounded in the emotional directness and effortless swing of the blues, and Finger Poppin' is one of the greatest peaks of that approach. A big part of the reason is the chemistry ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Finger Poppin' was the first album Horace Silver recorded with the most celebrated version of his quintet, which featured trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, and this time around drummer Louis Hayes. It's also one of Silver's all-time classics, perfectly blending the pianist's advanced, groundbreaking hard bop style with the winning, gregarious personality conveyed in his eight original tunes. Silver always kept his harmonically sophisticated music firmly grounded in the emotional directness and effortless swing of the blues, and Finger Poppin' is one of the greatest peaks of that approach. A big part of the reason is the chemistry between the group -- it's electrifying and tightly knit, with a palpable sense of discovery and excitement at how well the music is turning out. As a bandleader, Silver helps keep the ensemble's solo statements as concise and rhythmic as his own, concentrating the impact of the performances and keeping the pieces moving along without ever letting the listener's attention span wane. There's a nice variety of tempos and moods over the well-paced program; particularly memorable are the hard-swinging, bluesy "Juicy Lucy"; the bopping, up-tempo "Cookin' at the Continental"; and the gritty groove of "Come on Home." Also breaking things up are a couple of spare, reflective ballads and a frenetic exploration of Brazilian rhythms, "Swingin' the Samba." Finger Poppin' is everything small-group hard bop should be, and it's a terrific example of what made the Blue Note label's mainstream sound so infectious.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 724354230424
  • Catalog Number: 5002807

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Finger Poppin' - Horace Silver (4:47)
  2. 2 Juicy Lucy - Horace Silver (5:46)
  3. 3 Swingin' the Samba - Horace Silver (5:17)
  4. 4 Sweet Stuff - Horace Silver (5:32)
  5. 5 Cookin' at the Continental - Horace Silver (4:54)
  6. 6 Come on Home - Horace Silver (5:30)
  7. 7 You Happened My Way - Horace Silver (5:29)
  8. 8 Mellow D - Horace Silver (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Horace Silver Quintet Primary Artist
Horace Silver Indexed Contributor, Piano
Junior Cook Tenor Saxophone
Louis Hayes Drums
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Gene Taylor Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Original Liner Notes
Horace Silver Composer
Micaela Boland Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Remastering
Alfred Lion Producer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
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