Legendary jazz composer’s classic “Song For My Father” influenced scores of artists.
By Fred Mills
Yesterday (June 18) the music world lost another great: pianist/composer/bandleader/hard bop pioneer Horace Silver, at the age of 85. According to the New York Times Silver passed away “at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. His death was announced by Blue Note Records, the company for which he recorded from 1952 to 1979.”
His composition “Song for My Father,” of course, is one of jazz’s most iconic numbers. Several other of his tunes were also well-known standards, among them “Senor Blues,” The Preacher,” “Sister Sadie” and “Filthy McNasty.”
Read the full NYT obituary/appreciation at the above link. Meanwhile, over at the ever-diligent Big O Zine they’ve posted a tribute by way of a smokingly fine live MP3 set culled from FM broadcasts, the International Jazz Festival Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, France; July 26, 1969, and the Internationales Finnisches JazzFest, Finland; July 14, 1973. Silver’s ensembles for those dates included the estimable likes of Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker and Billy Cobham. Grab the tracks at the following link, along with downloadable artwork should you want to burn the tracks to CDR:
Big O adds the following note: “While non-jazz fans might not be aware of Horace Silver, his ‘Song For My Father’ has had a noticeable impact in pop music. The wikipedia noted: The opening bass piano notes were borrowed by Steely Dan for their song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, while the opening horn riff was borrowed by Stevie Wonder for his song “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”. Earth Wind & Fire also borrowed the opening bass notes for their song “Clover”. In the booklet of their box set, Paul Weller noted that he ‘nicked ‘the chords for the Style Council’s 1984 song ‘Me Ship Came In!’”