HORACE SILVER RETROSPECTIVE No 2
Selection: Filthy McNasty
Blue Mitchell (trumpet) Junior Cook (tenor saxophone) Horace Silver (piano) Gene Taylor (bass) Roy Brooks (drums) recorded by van Gelder at “The Village Gate”, NYC, May 19-20, 1961
One of the hottest live sessions ever recorded by van Gelder on his portable equipment, at the Village gate before an appreciatively hip audience. RVG achieves that “front seat in the club” atmosphere again, and the playing is astonishing. Junior Cook is cast as the young Mobley, his tone and swagger is so similar I’m not sure I could tell them apart. Silver’s solo really gets into the groove in a boogie-woogie pastiche which is head-shakingly rhythmic, whipping up the audience, who sound their appreciation. Forget 27 choruses of Diminuendo and Crescendo at ’56 Newport, Filthy McNasty ’61 is truly… nice.
Vinyl: BN 4076
One of the first issues on Blue Note’s new NY label in 1961. RVG stamped in the tiny remaining trail-off, a reminder that the LP is packed to its capacity with great music.
Horace Silver – Sterling Silver
Issued 1979 by “Liberty United”, contains many tracks from the Village Gate sessions of the Horace Silver Quintet.
One of my first Blue Note acquisitions, from an out-of-town record store which, like most of them, seemed to survive largely on selling ’60s rock and pop singles and memorabilia to not so young men, the nostalgia industry. Which is fine by me as it maintained the occasional appearance of vintage modern jazz.
I count fifteen albums with Silver as leader on my shelves, and it has been timely to play many of them through just now, as I am reminded how much excellent music is to be found here. Hopefully you may have found some of your own benefits from a new airing. I am hearing them again with fresh ears.
Thank you for your track nominations. I am making notes.