At 27 years, Horace Silver's tenure as a Blue Note recording artist was the longest of any artist in the history of the label. The legendary pianist and composer cut his first Blue Note session, Horace Silver Trio, in 1952 and his session for Silver 'N Strings Play The Music of the Spheres was the very last recording date before the label went dormant in 1979. In between, Silver recorded some of the most beloved albums in the Blue Note catalog, traversing bebop, hard bop, soul jazz, and charting his own path through the 1970s fusion movement.
With his 1956 album 6 Pieces of Silver, Silver struck gold with a sterling set of hard bop that introduced one of his greatest compositions, "Señor Blues." The indelible theme is one of five excellent Silver originals (plus the standard "For Heaven's Sake") performed by an ace quintet featuring Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone, Doug Watkins on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Other highlights include the hard swinging opener "Cool Eyes," the stunning ballad "Shirl," the intricate stop-start rhythm of "Camouflage," and the beguiling Latin beat of "Enchantment."
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
...[A] hard bop and gospel-tinged jazz gem.
To get a taste of what trumpeter Donald Byrd was getting up to before he became a funk-jazz assassin, spend a little time with the reissue of pianist Horace Silver's 1956 album Six Pieces of Silver. Silver's album is pure, uncut bop that sets Byrd up for success as he tangles playfully with Hank Mobley's tenor sax and piano solos that burst and sparkle like a fireworks display. The album also presaged the embrace of bossa nova and samba in jazz with Silver's brilliant 'Señor Blues.'
- Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series
- 180g Vinyl LP
- All-Analog Pressing
- Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from Original Analog Tapes
- Manufactured at Optimal in Germany
|Hank Mobley||tenor sax|
- Cool Eyes
- Señor Blues
- For Heaven's Sake