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    RIP Horace Silver

    Jazz pianist/composer Horace Silver died 18 June 2014 at age 85 of natural causes. If you have never listened to his music, you are missing something. Rest in peace, Horace.
    Can this be the swan song? The final elbow?

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    RIP Horace Silver.

    WKCR-FM,89.9 on the dial in NYC and streamed at the site posted below, is playing the music of Horace Silver all day today(Thursday, till midnight EST).WKCR is available on iTunes Radio, under college radio.

    http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.e...ay-june-18-8pm
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    We keep losing all these icons of jazz. Bummer.

    RIP to a great composer/pianist.
    "My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician, and to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference"

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    No one swung harder. No one. The man who singularly personified the iconic label that was Blue Note Records

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    A personification of 'hard bop' and quality, swinging jazz.
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    Listening to the memorial broadcast this morning........

    Horace Silver touched so many listeners...and musicians.Cecil Taylor cited Silver as an influence,as did many others.I wonder if we'd even have the "Blue Note sound" without Horace Silver.

    He left his mark...and then some.
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    Great player and composer of several timeless jazz classics.

    R.I.P. Horace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Pride View Post
    Great player and composer of several timeless jazz classics.

    R.I.P. Horace.
    Word.
    'Song For My Father' has always been one of my favorite standards. R.I.P.

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    Sad news. All the first generation beboppers are gone and now with the passing of Horace Silver I think only Sonny Rollins is left of the early hard boppers. Silver was a tremendous musician. The early Messengers recordings are landmark material. Tonight I will be playing the 1954 Blue Note disc Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers and thinking of what Horace gave us. Somehow I missed his autobiography Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty when it was released in 2007. I am eyeing it on Abe as I write this. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenneth8446 View Post
    Sad news. All the first generation beboppers are gone ...
    We still have Lee Konitz!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    We still have Lee Konitz!

    Lee is great, but he does not play bebop and never tried to sound like Bird.

    Who's still left?
    Lee, Phil Woods, Clark Terry (94 and just had a leg amputated), Ornette, Sonny, Wayne Shorter, Herbie, Ron Carter, Ahmad Jamal (ridiculously underrated, Miles favorite pianist, his Mosaic box is incredible), Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Roy Haynes, Reggie Workman, McCoy Tyner, Cecil Taylor,....

    Not many.

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    Benny Golson's still alive and kickin'.
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    Hi-ho Silver

    RIP Horace
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    Walt and I conversed about this elsewhere, but Horace was the "quintessential" Hard-bop composer, bringing Jazz from the extreme complexity of Jazz to a more accessible form while still retaining the angular Monk like mode. I had a co-worker whose husband played in Chico Hamilton's band that had known that Horace had been suffering from Dementia and other maladies for quite sometime. I had posted "A Song To My Father" on may Facebook page on Father's Day and was thinking to myself as to "How was Horace doing" only to find out that he would pass away a couple of days later. Ahhhhh Those Jazz Messengers. Rest In Peace Horace.
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    Film footage of Silver's quintet w/ Joe Henderson and Carmell Jones.


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