Serenade to a Soul Sister

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724359432120
  • Catalog Number: 94321
  • Sales rank: 52,535

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Psychedelic Sally - Stanley Turrentine (7:14)
  2. 2 Serenade to a Soul Sister - Stanley Turrentine (6:19)
  3. 3 Rain Dance - Stanley Turrentine (6:21)
  4. 4 Jungle Juice (6:46)
  5. 5 Kindred Spirits - Horace Silver Quintet (5:55)
  6. 6 Next Time I Fall in Love (5:19)
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Album Credits

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, Remastering
Alfred Lion Producer, Audio Production
Francis Wolff Producer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
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