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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)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I41H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,351 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
Format: Audio CD
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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As one of two blockbuster albums that Horace Silver released in 1959, the great
jazz pianist-composer scored an even greater classic hit on the jazz charts with this
exhilarating tour de force in which he demonstrates his trademark performance and
often sunny composing skills with outstanding pace. Blowin’ The Blues Away would
mark the high peak of Silver’s classic quintet during his stay with Blue Note Records
as it presents one of the master pianist-composer’s strongest set of original classics
standards for which the album’s impeccable pacing and nerve-wracking momentum
offers enough of the different feel and slight variations within Silver’s signature style.
Beginning with the spellbinding title track, the first rate track set proceeds with other
outstanding original classics compositions such as The St. Vitus Dance, Break City,
the superlative Peace, Sister Sadie (one of his greatest hits), Melancholy Mood and
Baghdad Blues until ending with How Did It Happen. Still as thrilling and absolutely
nerve-wracking as ever, Blowin’ The Blues Away highlight the album’s greatness as
it showcases an array of gospel-based influences (notably the call and response of
Sister Sadie), uptempo virtuosity, easy-swinging solos (as highly evident on The St.
Vitus Dance) and slower change of pace (notably on the trio-based Baghdad Blues)
which make this timeless piece de resistance stand as among the hardest-swinging
masterpieces to come directly from Silver’s rich groundbreaking legacy. Clocking in
at 43 minutes nonstop and digitally-remastered to its restored stereophonic glory by
both Blue Note Records and EMI, this landmark achievement is a five star must.
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