Down Beat (1960) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "..a superior, hard-accented session...a thoroughly stimulating set.."
Horace Silver Quintet: Horace Silver (piano); Junior Cook (tenor saxophone); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Gene Taylor (bass); Roy Brooks (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on July 8, 1960.
Someday, history might recognize pianist/composer Horace Silver as one of the first crossover jazz artists. Silver was definitely a commited jazz musician but he also had the gift for catchy tunes and a good solid beat, and his bands featured warmly direct, heartfelt solos. From 1960, HORACE-SCOPE has plenty of relaxed, old-school funky ambience, earnestly appealing grooves, and crackling, succinct soloing from Silver, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, and tenor saxophonist Junior Cook. Highlight: "Nica's Dream," a Silver gem that became a standard.
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