Horace Silver: Paris Blues: Olympia Theater, Paris, 1962 (2003)
With all cuts clocking in over ten minutes ("Sayonara Blues" stretches out to sixteen minutes), all of the musicians have ample time to say what must be said. Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook are in top form, blowing their potent mixture of smoky blues and pungent funk. Tart as a lemon and strong as a Manhattan, Mitchell proves himself more than a minor prophet in the scripture of hard bop. The same can be said of Cook, whose full-throated tone melds perfectly with Silver and Mitchell on this fall night in the City of Lights. Silver is brilliant in his leadership and performance, as is his rhythm support in Gene Taylor and Roy Brooks.
When previously asked to define hard bop, I would have steered the query toward Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Moanin'. Now I will suggest Paris Blues.
Track Listing: Introduction; Where You At; The Tokyo Blues; Filthy McNasty; Sayonara Blues; Doin' The Thing.
Personnel: Horace Silver: Piano; Blue Mitchell: Trumpet; Junior Cook: Tenor Saxophone; Gene Taylor: Bass; Roy Brooks: Drums.
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz