5 Awesome Tracks from the Late Horace Silver

12/17/2013 11:29 AM |


Quicksilver
Presumably named because he was so fast on the keys, Silver’s tune was originally recorded by his trio, but, man, you ought to hear it arranged for a larger band: the cut was included on the Jazz Messenger’s seminal album A Night at Birdland Vol. 1. And while it doesn’t spotlight Silver so much as provide a backdrop that Clifford Brown and Lou Donaldson tear the shit out of, it still highlights the pianist’s compositional skills—it’s no coincidence that more than half of the tunes on that album are Silver’s.