Horace Silver, an American jazz pianist “famous” for his funky playing style called hard bop, passed away last week at the age of 85. I put “famous” in quotes because I didn’t know about Horace Silver until two years ago when I started writing Don Randi’s biography. When Don was 19, he listened to Horace Silver records while working as a stock boy at a record distribution company in Los Angeles. Don was attending the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music but learned a jazz bop technique from those Horace Silver records which became an important influence to his own jazz style of playing keyboards.
I had not heard many Horace Silver tracks before his passing. Lately XM radio’s jazz station started playing his tunes as tribute, but why have they waited for his death to add him to their playlist? I actually heard a couple of Horace Silver tunes several months ago on an internet radio station, Swiss Groove, which I listen to while I play Second Life. Swiss Groove is a great jazz and jazz fusion internet radio station that is a wonderful respite for me to the boring, under inspiring music I hear at the virtual clubs in Second Life and they probably have been playing Horace Silver for a long time . But I digress…
You can certainly find many great web sites that will give you a full biography on Horace Silver, but if you never heard him before, just listen to this recording and enjoy.
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