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Why do we love Horace Silver

How could we not love Horace Silver? To those of you who do not know him, he was a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger but on top of all that, he was a pioneer of the hard bop style.

We would like paying homage to him by choosing his most representative songs. Here it goes!

  1. Song for my father will always be THE song. Its intro is flawless and always will be.  Do you want to know how many versions of this song have been recorded? More than 180! Is “Song for my father” also your favorite?
  2. Now we would go with Yeah! and Horace’s collaboration with Tito Puente. This combination of Silver’s music and Tito Puente’s latino style makes it the perfect combination. Every time I listen to it I just picture myself on a Sunday morning in a park, having a drink and listening to this amazing piece. Can you feel that too?
  3. And, finally, how great is this version of Horace’s Señor Blues? We had the pleasure of working on this particular piece and we will never get tired of listening to it. We decided to pick this version because is not only about him being great but in the video, we can see how other great musicians have greatly performed his music.

Of course, we could not finish this post without saying how much we admire Horace Silver and encourage you all to listen to his music and yes, come on, even play it! Playing pieces by big jazz musicians can be scary, but it will always be worth it and fulfilling. My only advice would be not trying to play like him – of course, right? – but maybe find an easier version. How? Let us know! It is always a pleasure for us to work on Silver’s music and we have some experience on that, you can surely trust us ?

 

2 Responses

  1. Love your passion for Horace and his music. What a stunning piano solo on Senor Blues! Your blog posting gives one great confidence that you will do a great job transcribing music for your clients, because it makes clear you’re not just in it for the money – you really care about music. That’s heart warming 🙂

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