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Stylings of Silver Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1957
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00006C77F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Schramke on August 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For this album, recorded in 1957, Horace Silver used two ideal horn players: Art Farmer and Hank Mobley. Both had tremendous harmonic skills and a perfect sense for rhythm and these two qualities are the quintessence of Horace Silver's music: tricky combinations of latin patterns and swing and the use of very rich and beautiful chord progressions. The first tune, "No Smoking", an up-tempo thing in B-flat minor is an ideal blowing vehicle for the soloists. Some years later, Bud Powell told Horace Silver, how much he liked that tune, he also played it and his version actually was the first time I heard it, so I was eager waiting for this reissue of a long time out of print album. Horace Silver's records always have been perfectly balanced and they are covering different moods, like the minor blues "Soulville", and that most happy feeling on "Home Cooking".A really beautiful thing is the ballad "My One And Only Love", with Silver playing the theme in a most lyrical manner and the horns playing a kind of arrangement behind him.
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Horace Silver was an effective if limited soloist, an exemplary hard bop accompanist, and, as a composer, a brilliant "miniaturist," contributing compositions that continue to surface and surprise with their inventive, irresistible melodies and inviting harmonic progressions. Unfortunately, the popular and critical success he realized with 1964's "Song for My Father" led to more of the same--formulaic tunes such as the title song, restricted solo space for his musicians, and stiff presentations (the three times I caught him in person reminded me of a pop musician imitating his own recordings).

The genius of Horace Silver is to be found in compositions like "Nica's Dream," "Moon Rays," "Strollin'," "Out of the Night Came You," "Ecaroh," and this album's "No Smokin'" (a Bud Powell favorite). And his best recordings are the ones that feature Hank Mobley, allowing the gifted melodist as much room as he needs to explore the possibilities of the composer's lyric conceptions. Hank, in turn, always seemed to bring out Horace's romantic side as well as inspire his most sensitive orchestrations and responsive ensembles. (In fact, Mobley's solos proceed so logically, seamlessly from Horace's arrangements of "The Back Beat" and "Home Cookin'" that it's difficult to separate them from the compositions of which they're an integral part.) Add a tasteful, thoughtful musician like Art Farmer to the mix, and the chemistry is pure magic.

Ironically, the standard by which I've come to measure Silver recordings is Art Blakey's eponymous 1956 Columbia album, "The Jazz Messengers." "Stylings of Silver" doesn't quite measure up, especially in terms of ensemble cohesiveness and dynamics, but is easily close enough to deserve a Silver medal.
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Horace Silver is one of my favorite hard bop pianists. His sound is clear and fresh, and most of all, is filled with the blues. His sound is completely soulful and I dig it every time I listen to him.

Although he's contributed, writing jazz standards, it's his most obscure titles, meaning the ones that didn't get that much recognition, that are the best in my opinion.

This album, Stylings of Silver, starts off with Horace's original, No Smokin. It's fast and furious, and the b section is quite a change from the way they swing it. Louis Hayes plays straight eights on the cymbol, and Art Farmer and Hanky Mobley seem to just fall in place.

The Back Beat, got its name, because when you hear it, you're supposed to get the feeling the drummer should be hitting the snare on 2 and 4, when in fact he doesn't. The bass and piano just seem to make you want it there, when Louis Hayes does not supply with it, but instead other forms of creative drumming.

Soulville, is obviously very soulful, and is a blues. Horace and the group swing this at a moderate tempo, and Hank Mobley gives a fine tenor solo, I might add. The same can be said for Home Cookin'.

The Metamporphosis got its name, according to Silver, because something was developing and changing when he wrote this tune. Horace was always playing with tunes and seeing how many different ways he could do them. That's one of the reasons that made his playing so special. The one and only ballad is, My One and Only Love. It closes out the album.

I'd say Horace Silver's best albums were from 1956-1964. He made some classics during that time period, and this is one of them.
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As Horace Silver enjoyed yet another important year in 1957, the celebrated jazz
pianist- composer would score a five star double header that reached the top of the
jazz charts and got another round of critical acclaim where Six Pieces Of Silver and
this follow-up brought his percussive and melodic piano stylings to an even greater
show-stopping authority. The Stylings Of Silver features a rock solid quintet line-up
featuring master trumpeter Art Farmer and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley forming
a front line while Silver brings his solid composing skills toward a greater dimension
performed in absolute timing, which makes this winning hit one of the most exciting
hard bop albums of 1957 (along with Six Pieces Of Silver--respectively). Beginning
on an eclectic note with No Smokin’, the track set serve up another round of classic
standards written by Silver himself, as they include The Back Beat, Soulville, Home
Cookin’, and the mystical Metamorphosis, until finally ending with a lovely reindition
the romantic pop ballad My One And Only Love, as he again highlights the straight-
forward blowing lines and craftsmanship of his overall staying power. Thanks to the
quintet’s power from Silver’s piano, Farmer’s trumpet (who even deserve a moment
notice), Mobley’s top notch tenor saxophone solo and Hayes’ drum solo, they made
The Stylings Of Silver another bonafide success performed with uptempo brilliance,
confidence and a good deal of pure excellence where it once again feature another
great round of classy original standards (most notably Home Cookin’ and Soulville),
catchy tunes and smoking solos which added to the album’s rock steady chemistry.
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