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Jazz Giants Play Horace Silver: Opus de Funk
     

The Jazz Giants Play Horace Silver: Opus de Funk

 
Now here is a really enterprising subject for a songbook album -- a composer who was not a Tin Pan Alley pop craftsman and whose output had not been anthologized until this release. True, Silver wrote fewer standards than, say, Porter or the Gershwins, and fewer jazz artists covered them, thus limiting Fantasy's

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Now here is a really enterprising subject for a songbook album -- a composer who was not a Tin Pan Alley pop craftsman and whose output had not been anthologized until this release. True, Silver wrote fewer standards than, say, Porter or the Gershwins, and fewer jazz artists covered them, thus limiting Fantasy's choices (the zany Eddie Jefferson is heard on three of the 16 tracks, and his rendition of "The Preacher" is followed by another from Shirley Scott). Yet this collection gives ample and valuable evidence of how underregarded Silver has been as a composer. Working within a hard bop context garnished with gospel and the blues, Silver's tunes often achieve a winning combination of sophistication and earthiness, and they serve as fine launching pads for bop, soul, and even Latin-oriented players. Besides variations of the well-known "Senor Blues," "Song for My Father," and "Sister Sadie," there are also sleepers like the haunting bossa nova-styled "Moon Rays" of Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete, and the easy-strutting "Doodlin'" by the Barney Kessel/Ray Brown/Shelly Manne trio (both in their CD debuts). A plethora of soulful musicians from the Prestige, Riverside, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Galaxy archives lead the sessions, including Phineas Newborn, Wes Montgomery, Milt Jackson, Art Pepper, Tommy Flanagan, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Blue Mitchell, and Jack McDuff, along with those mentioned before. Silver himself is to be found on only one track, backing Jackson on "Buhaina" -- and that's understandable, given his long-standing ties to Blue Note through the time span of this anthology. But this contractual quirk actually makes the collection even more of a significant tribute, showcasing a body of work that may prove to be as durable as that of the other great composer/pianist from this period, Thelonious Monk.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/1997
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218519229
catalogNumber:
24192

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bola Sete   Guitar,Track Performer
Tommy Flanagan   Piano,Track Performer
Russ Freeman   Piano
Curtis Fuller   Trombone
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Henry Grimes   Bass
Vince Guaraldi   Piano,Track Performer
Bill Hardman   Trumpet
Barry Harris   Piano
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Jackson   Vibes,Track Performer
Eddie Jefferson   Vocals,Track Performer
Elvin Jones   Drums
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar,Track Performer
Mel Lewis   Drums
Shelly Manne   Drums,Track Performer
Charles McPherson   Alto Saxophone
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet,Track Performer
Wes Montgomery   Guitar,Track Performer
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Rhyne   Organ
Shirley Scott   Organ,Track Performer
Horace Silver   Piano
Cedar Walton   Piano
Dave Burns   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen   Valve Trombone
Billy Gene English   Drums
Jerry Granelli   Drums
Joe Dukes   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
Med Flory   Baritone Saxophone
Keter Betts   Bass
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass,Track Performer
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Eddie Diehl   Guitar
Gene Edwards   Guitar
Otis Finch   Drums
Richard "Groove" Holmes   Organ,Track Performer
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Fred Marshall   Bass
Jack McDuff   Organ,Track Performer
Dick Nash   Trombone
Phineas Newborn   Piano,Track Performer
Harold Vick   Tenor Saxophone
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Jimmie Smith   Drums
Steve Davis   Bass
Paul Parker   Drums
Gene Taylor   Bass

Technical Credits

Eddie Jefferson   Composer
Ira Gitler   Composer
Benny Golson   Arranger
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Lester Koenig   Producer
Ed Michel   Producer
Don Schlitten   Producer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction

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