As a pianist, songwriter and bandleader, Horace Silver became universally recognized as one of the all-time greats of hard bop jazz. His percussive and melodic style on piano set the standard for all jazz/funk pianists. One of the top composers to emerge during the ’50s, Silver wrote dozens of songs that became jazz standards as well as countless others that have more than stood the test of time. Horace Silver’s series of two-horn quintets were hugely influential in both hard bop and soul jazz. The Styling’s Of Silver was recorded one year after Silver left the Jazz Messengers (which he co-founded with Art Blakey) and it is acknowledged as one of the most exciting hard bop albums of 1957. With trumpeter Art Farmer and tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley forming the front line, Silver had two major artists who were pure perfection in interpreting his original material.
The Stylings of Silver is probably best known for the track “Home Cooking” which achieves such a high level of soulful feeling that Jon Hendricks wrote vocalize lyrics that made the tune into a major hit. The other Silver originals, including “Soulville,” “No Smokin’” and “Metamorphosis,” are memorable in their own right. Combine catchy tunes, smoking solos and Horace Silver’s rhythmic piano and one has the hard bop classic known as The Stylings of Silver.
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