The great jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Horace Silver
has died at age 85
Silver was known as one of the fathers of the "hard bop" style, and also had an eye for talented young musicians rivaling that of Art Blakey and Miles Davis. A number of his compositions have become jazz standards, notably "Song For My Father"
- seen here in a version recorded in 1968, with Bennie Maupin (tenor sax), Bill Hardman (trumpet), John Williams (bass), Billy Cobham (drums) - and "Senor Blues,"
from 1958, with Junior Cook (tenor sax), Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Gene Taylor (bass), and Louis Hayes (drums).
More live Silver:
, from the same 1958 session as above.
, "Pretty Eyes"
and "The Natives are Restless Tonight "
from 1964, with Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Carmell Jones (trumpet), Teddy Smith (bass), and Roger Humphies (drums).
from the same 1968 session as above.
A set from the 1976 Umbria Jazz Festival
, featuring Tom Harrell (trumpet), Bob Berg (tenor sax), Steve Beskrone (bass), and Eddie Gladden (drums).