Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HOMAGE TO HORACE
I would have told you back then, and since, that my main influences and jazz piano icons were Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal. I would have left out Horace Silver (and I later realized Errol Garner) who impacted me equally but because Silver (and Garner) were such low key nice guys, (Silver I know for certain, Garner I'm guessing) and I was a troubled young cat, they didn't register in the way say Miles did with his self-designed suits and shades and cool image etc.
But Silver was and is a giant of jazz, as those of us ho care have always known of course. And I wanted to say thank you to him as a fan and admirer and appreciator of all he not only brought to jazz but to my young manhood.
And here's one of my favorite tracks from back then. Listen to the whole thing, but especially when he begins to solo around three minutes in and with tact and taste swings the tune off its hinges with seemingly no effort.