Friday, June 15, 2007

Horace Silver - Doin' the Thing: Live at the Village Gate (Blue Note, 1961)

Horace Silver is joined by trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Roy Brooks. This live recording took place at the Village Gate in New York City, before a very appreciative and excitable audience. I'm definitely going to be partial toward this record because I leads off with my favorite Silver composition, "Filthy McNasty" which melds soul and jazz together with an unforgettable melody and a string of first rate solos. Sliver knows well what his audiences are looking for, which is funky soulful music that had made him one of the premiere jazz musicians of the day. "Doin' the Thing" continues the greasy funky vein, while "Kiss Me Right" slows things down for a much needed ballad feature. This album ends with a spritely Latin tune "The Gringo" and a quick run-through of "The Theme" which heralds the end of a set and of this fine L.P. Horace Silver could really do no wrong during this period, releasing a string of excellent albums with tight, well-rehearsed groups and always memorable compositions. This is a fine example of his best work, and shouldn't be missed by hard-bop fans.

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