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Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers by Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers

This early session was a good indicator of things to come for all involved. Each member of this ensemble was great in his own right and has accomplished much over the span of their careers. For Horace Silver’s first Blue Note outing as a leader, he fared very well with veteran Art Blakey’s lineup. "Room 608," named after Silver’s hotel room; starts with a lively intro by Kenny Dorham and Hank Mobley stating the case. Dorham returns with a joyful solo paving the way for Silver’s celebratory statement. The other tracks follow suit with hard swinging, especially Master Blakey himself, who created rhythms like no other. Silver contributed all but one track.... "The Preacher" and "Doodlin’" are just two examples that Silver’s compositions are widely sought, particularly by keyboardists like Jimmy Smith and new breeds like Joey DeFrancesco. The sentiment continues with "Stop Time," "To Whom it May Concern," and "Hippy" as the horn section commences in triumphant entry followed by Silver’s classy solo action. On Mobley’s contribution, appropriately titled "Hankerin’," his tenor reminisces Ray Charles’ instrumentals of the same time period. "Creepin’ In" is a slinky, low key soulful walk as well as "Doodlin" which also grooves at a slower tempo. Mobley’s solos are warm and intense. Dorham follows suit, laying on the sedate, but potent touch. Silver shows what he’s made of and gives an early glimpse of his mastery of the ivories. This historical gem is a great teacher for an enthusiastic student who want to learn more about Silver and the Jazz Messengers.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
  • CD Title: Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1987
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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