“STYLINGS OF SILVER” Horace Silver (piano) Art Farmer (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor sax) Teddy Lotick (bass) Louis Hayes (drums); 1957, Blue Note, OG, DG, West 63rd
My Musings: My very first Horace Silver purchase on vinyl and still a personal favorite of his deep catalogue. I’ve read a number of reviews of this album, which call it “not essential” Silver. I beg to differ and think any album that has Horace Silver in the lineup is definitely essential. With Farmer on trumpet and Mobley being Mobley, this date really swings. It’s an education in straight ahead hard bop and a sheer joy to listen to. From Horace looking cool in a suave pressed grey suit, to the wonderful music within, this is the total Blue Note package. An album from the golden age of jazz, in my opinion and definitely an essential spin!
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