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Music of the Week — January 28, 2007

Horace Silver: Song For My Father

I knew this was considered a classic album but hadn’t heard it until recently, courtesy of a jazz trumpet student who believes, correctly, that there are some significant gaps in my education. Sure enough, it is a classic, if the word of a non-expert can be trusted. It immediately went very high on my fairly short list of jazz albums I would hate to be without, up there near Kind of Blue, A Love Supreme, and others of that class. I’m not going to say a lot about it, since I don’t really have the knowledge and vocabulary to say much more than that I like it, and that it’s the kind of jazz album that’s accessible to anyone. No, make that “irresistible,” I would think: slightly Latin-flavored, melodic, generally catchy.

The original album ended with a meditative piece called “Lonely Woman” (not the Ornette Coleman tune by the same name). The cd reissue includes four additional cuts. I’m normally not enthusiastic about these extras—typically they’re outtakes that aren’t that different from the ones that ended up on the first release, and not different enough to be of great interest to anyone except very serious fans. These, however, are very much worth having. The only repeat of a tune is a trio version (piano, bass, and drums) of “Que Pasa,” and the absence of the horns makes it a very different piece, moodier and more reflective. The others are previously unreleased tracks from the same group of sessions, and are worthy additions.

Most pop fans hearing this for the first time will have a bit of a shock at the opening notes: Steely Dan stole…borrowed…copied this little riff for “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” which speaks well of their taste.

Here’s the AMG review, if you want more detail.



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