Horace Silver, piano player, jazz composer, and creator of the hard bop school of jazz died on June 18 this week at the age of 85.
I'm not sure when and where I first heard a Horace Silver song, but I do know the first record of his I bought. Sometime in my sophomore or junior year of high school, I happened across a remaindered compilation album entitled Blue Note Gems of Jazz. which included "Safari" by the Silver Quintet. Silver was also featured on a great version of "Bags Groove" by Milt Jackson.
Remainders, for the younger set, were overstocked albums that were sold at a discount with a corner cut off or a notch cut in a side. So, I probably got it for $1.99 (or less) instead of $4.99. How this particular remainder got to Winfield or Wichita, Kansas is a mystery or miracle depending on your point of view.
And what a bargain. Here are the selections:
- A1 Miles Davis Sextet - Tempus fugit
- A2 Bud Powell Trio - A Night in Tunisia
- A3 James Moody and His Modernists - Tin Tin Deo
- A4 Jay Jay Johnson Sextet - Get Happy
- A5 Milt Jackson Quintet - Bags' Groove
- B1 Thelonious Monk Quintet - 'Round Midnight
- B2 Tadd Dameron Sextet - Dameronia
- B3 Horace Silver Trio - Safari
- B4 Clifford Brown Sextet - Easy Living
Ray Charles did it for his "Genius+Soul=Jazz" album.
Bluesman Taj Mahal was one of many singers who have performed the tune. This live version features Wichita's Mike Finnegan on piano and organ.