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Blowin' the Blues Away Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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One of Horace's finest, recorded in '59 and featuring future standards like Sister Sadie and Piece . Includes the bonus track How Did It Happen .

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Recorded in 1959, this is an early chronicle of one of the finest bands of the hard-bop genre, pianist Silver's classic quintet with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Louis Hayes. The group already epitomized Silver's own virtues of precision and hard swing, with each soloist committed to direct and concise statements, at all times both emotionally and musically focused. There's effective contrast, too, between Mitchell's subtle turn of phrase and Cook's raw intensity, each filling in Silver's vision of a music that combined the complexity of bop and the immediacy of blues and gospel. This session contains the original recordings of two Silver standards, the serene "Peace" and the joyously funky "Sister Sadie," but the collective impact of the band is just as enduring. The group was so musically close-knit that when Silver disbanded five years later, the rest continued as the Blue Mitchell Quintet, with a young Chick Corea on piano. --Stuart Broomer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I41H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Can it really be over forty years since this excellent example of Horace Silver's music was recorded? This has everything. The Trio as well as the Quintet with the greatest tenor player, Junior Cook. The music with the driving title track, the stirring Sister Sadie and the wonderful track which is so aptly entitled "Peace". Possibly the best that Horace Silver has recorded? Whether it is or not, this CD spends as much time on my player as the original LP did 30+ years ago. Wonderful music by one of the greats of jazz.
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Song for My Father usually gets the nod as Horace Silver's best album in the post-Jazz Messenger days, but for my money there's simply no competition. Blowin' the Blues Away lines up song after song of punchy, upbeat hard bop, with melodies that will stay stuck in your head for days on end and grooves that run three feet into the floor. The feisty front line of Junior Cook and Blue Mitchell are at their most inspired, and every tune is chock-full of Horace's funky, soulful piano playing. Just give "Sister Sadie" a spin and you'll know what I mean.
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By A Customer on November 29, 2003
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This is my favorite Horace Silver album, with The Hardbop Grandpop and several others close behind. This album has some great tunes that really move, such as the title tune, Break City and Sister Sadie. Sister Sadie alone is worth the price of the CD. The "slower" tunes are still inventive and lively, with room for the musicians to stretch out and shine. I also like Silver's better known "Song for my Father" album, but Blowin' The Blues Away is still his best. Give it a listen and if the few short samples don't do it justice, just buy it!
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Actually everything I've heard from Horace Silver is wonderful. All the tunes are great on this album. If I have to pick a favorite it's "St. Vitus Dance". I can listen just to that track over and over again.
Also check out Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers, Finger Poppin' and Song for my Father. Those are the ones I know, and they are all Five-star plus! I certainly plan on buying lots more CD's from this great musician.
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What makes this CD so compelling to own, and so satisfying once you own it, is that you get to experience one of the great jazz musicians of all time exercising his considerable talent, skill, and judgment, in a variety of different musical capacities, all in one place. As a pianist, Silver was at the forefront for many years, as evidenced by his playing with so many other jazz talents, such as Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham and Miles Davis. All but one of the songs on this CD were written by Silver, so this CD displays the depth and musicality of Silver as a composer, a skill that is not always found in other jazz musicians. Indeed, if this collection contained Horace's signature piece, Song for My Father, this would be one of the most complete jazz composer works there is. (You can pick up Song for My Father with either Song for My Father or as part of a compilation, such as The Best Blue Note Album in the World Ever.) Finally, as a band leader and band assembler, you get a quintet on some songs and a trio on others, a unique sort of sound that allows this CD to settle down and pick up when it needs to. Most of the tracks are upbeat, fast moving, quick changing struts of rhythm and melody, like the title track and Break City, but there's also a dose of "off-color" blues in The Baghdad Blues, as well as a few well-spaced ballads. The Rudy Van Gelder remaster is reliable as always, although I think I heard a "pop" or two - nothing too distracting. In short, this CD shows the many ways Silver shines (sorry) in all musical dimensions and manners, and it will spend very little time on the shelf and lots of time in the CD player of any jazz fan who buys it.
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I received exactly what I had ordered and what had been promised. Who can ask for more than that.
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By A Customer on October 5, 2000
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Horace Silver, the King of "Hard Bop," and his quintet blow us away on this must-hear album. Each track is outstanding in its own right, but the gems are "St Vitus Dance," "Peace," and of course the Silver standard, "Sister Sadie." Wonderful stuff, folks.
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Always a pleasure listening to Horace Silver as he is one of my favorite jazz artists. No exception here.
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