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Serenade to a Soul Sister
     

Serenade to a Soul Sister

by Horace Silver
 
One of the last great Horace Silver albums for Blue Note, Serenade to a Soul Sister is also one of the pianist's most infectiously cheerful, good-humored outings. It was recorded at two separate early-1968 sessions with two mostly different quintets, both featuring trumpeter Charles Tolliver and alternating tenor saxophonists

Overview

One of the last great Horace Silver albums for Blue Note, Serenade to a Soul Sister is also one of the pianist's most infectiously cheerful, good-humored outings. It was recorded at two separate early-1968 sessions with two mostly different quintets, both featuring trumpeter Charles Tolliver and alternating tenor saxophonists Stanley Turrentine and Bennie Maupin, bassists Bob Cranshaw and John Williams, and drummers Mickey Roker and Billy Cobham. (Williams and Cobham were making some of their first recorded appearances since exiting the military.) Silver's economical, rhythmic piano style had often been described as funky, but the fantastic opener "Psychedelic Sally" makes that connection more explicit and contemporary, featuring a jubilant horn theme and a funky bass riff that both smack of Memphis soul. (In fact, it's kind of a shame he didn't pursue this idea more.) Keeping the album's playful spirit going, "Rain Dance" is a campy American Indian-style theme, and "Jungle Juice" has a mysterious sort of exotic, tribal flavor. "Kindred Spirits" has a different, more ethereal sort of mystery, and "Serenade to a Soul Sister" is a warm, loose-swinging tribute. You'd never know this album was recorded in one of the most tumultuous years in American history, but as Silver says in the liner notes' indirect jab at the avant-garde, he simply didn't believe in allowing "politics, hatred, or anger" into his music. Whether you agree with that philosophy or not, it's hard to argue with musical results as joyous and tightly performed as Serenade to a Soul Sister.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724359432120
catalogNumber:
94321
Rank:
10524

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Performance Credits

Horace Silver   Primary Artist,Piano
Bennie Maupin   Tenor Saxophone,Multiple Reeds
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Cranshaw   Bass,Piano
Billy Cobham   Drums
Mickey Roker   Drums
Charles Tolliver   Trumpet
John Williams [double bass]   Bass
John Williams   Bass
John "Buddy" Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Horace Silver   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Ned Miller   Composer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Billy Cobham   Engineer,Cover Photo
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Alfred Lion   Producer,Audio Production
Francis Wolff   Producer
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes

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