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Mon Jun 20, 2016, 02:22 AM

Song for My Father.

It's not too late from where I am to wish Happy Father's Day to all the dad's here and our dads still with us and those who've passed on.



Recorded live in Copenhagen, Denmark, April 1968. Song for My Father was recorded in October 1964 and released on the Blue Note label. The album was inspired by a trip that Silver had made to Brazil. The cover artwork features a photograph of Silver's father, John Tavares Silva, to whom the title song was dedicated. "My mother was of Irish and Negro descent, my father of Portuguese origin", Silver recalls in the liner notes, "He was born on the island of Maio, one of the Cape Verde Islands." The album line-up differs from the Copenhagen musicians here.

One of the most indelible tunes in the jazz canon, Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father,” recorded 50 years ago on October 26, 1964 for the album that bears the same name, could have become an AM Top 40 radio hit had the powers to be back then bothered to delve deeper beyond the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Motown to find rich sources of beguiling song. In fact, a decade later, the pop group Steely Dan lifted the catchy bass lines from “Song for My Father” for its own song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (from its 1974 album Pretzel Logic), which reached the upper echelon of the pop singles chart—testament to Silver’s brilliance as a songwriter whose appealing tunes over the course of his career have been fully recognized as lyrical, whimsical gems.

While Song for My Father as a whole perfectly captured the Silver aura of his Blue Note days, the title melody made jazz history. With Silver’s bluesy, swinging piano flavored both by the Cape Verdean folk music of his father and Brazilian bossa nova, “Song for My Father” proved to be both an enthralling dance for the day and a timeless piece of music. http://www.bluenote.com/spotlight/horace-silver-song-for-my-father-turns-50-yea

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Kind of Blue Jun 2016 OP
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Kind of Blue Jun 2016 #6
BumRushDaShow Jun 2016 #3
Kind of Blue Jun 2016 #7
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lovemydog Jun 2016 #4
Kind of Blue Jun 2016 #8
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lovemydog Jun 2016 #11
Kind of Blue Jun 2016 #13
Number23 Jun 2016 #14
Kind of Blue Jun 2016 #15

Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 04:22 AM

1. Great tune - thanks

It's easy to play "Song for my Father," but not so easy to play as funky and driving as Horace. One of the all-time greats.

According to another YouTube posting, the lineup for this 1968 tour was:
Bill Hardman - Trumpet
(future Headhunter) Bennie Maupin - Tenor Saxophone
John Williams - Bass
(future Mahavishnu sideman) Billy Cobham - Drums

I love the original album cover photo of his Dad, too:


Thanks for posting!

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Response to klook (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 09:08 AM

5. Oh, I love the cover, too!

Cool, elegant, classy man on what looks like an autumn afternoon. Just want to sit there and listen to him.

Thanks for the line-up! They are all so daggone good.

I've been exploring Silver this past year and was surprised by his range and influence. One of my all-time favorites, Peace, on Lonny Liston Smith's Expansion album I've had since a teen, was written by Silver. It was a mind-blow and continues to be as I listen more to his works.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, klook. And thanks

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 04:22 AM

2. K&R! Thank you for this!

I've been missing my Dad quite a lot, not just today. And he was also a musician back in the day, so he would have appreciated this.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 09:11 AM

6. Aww, Rhiannon12866...



My dad had this album in his collection and I almost didn't post, wanting to forget about Father's Day, because he passed away shortly after Christmas. I know how you feel but I'm so glad I posted since it brought you a bit of Joy

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 05:04 AM

3. K&R and my dad had that album

and it joined my collection (along with his Miles Davis, BB King, and John Coltrane albums, among others of his).

The album cover -

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 09:15 AM

7. Nice!

But I stole every single album from him, then swiped by my brother.
The gift moves on, one way or another

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 11:19 AM

9. Oh yeah...

I have his Stan Getzs & Buddy Collettes... and still have a couple of the "Columbia House Record of the Months" that he had picked out before he passed in the early '70s that included Maynard Ferguson, Quincy Jones (Smackwater Jack) & a pretty good knock-off version of Isaac Hayes' Shaft.






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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 09:36 PM

12. Goodness, the phony Shaft cover is killing me!



I have never seen Soul Mann & The Brothers but their Shaft is not bad at all. I know I must have heard it many times before, thinking it's just another Isaac Hayes version. LOL, how did they get away with copyright infringement because, from the litle I've read, Bumpy's Lament was sampled more than the original.
Unsung on Centric has got to do a feature on them. It's just crazy that it seems Soul Mann's album is becoming a collector's item.

Though he passed so soon, your dad left a priceless collection for you, BRDS

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 08:46 AM

4. Happy father's day to all here.

Loved listening to this song and reading more about it!

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 09:21 AM

8. So glad you enjoyed this version, LMD!

There's a nice site devoted to him http://horacesilver.com/home.php
I'm just always fascinated by what people of the diaspora create and innovate. I wish he was a household name like Miles and Coltrane. Just love him

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 12:04 PM

10. As a sidenote

Silver passed 2 years ago on June 18th (2014), so a fitting post for that occasion as well!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 07:03 PM

11. Indeed. I think Stevie Wonder's session players

borrowed the cascading sax of this song for the Brazilian vibe on Don't You Worry About A Thing.

Appreciating all the comments in this thread. Hope you enjoy a cool & relaxing Monday evening BRDS!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 09:39 PM

13. Thanks, BumRushDaShow.

It feels much more than a sidenote right now. I knew Silver passed away but had no idea it was right around this time.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 08:21 PM

14. A beautiful post from one of DU's most beautiful posters.

Thanks so much for this.

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Response to Number23 (Reply #14)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 11:22 AM

15. Aww, N23, the feeling is so mutual.

And you're so welcome!

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