Horace Silver: Rockin (2004)
The best thing about this release is that it brought Horace Silver to New York last month for a week at the Blue Note. Pianistically, the 75-year-old leader may have lost a little steam since 1991, but he wrung the very best out of tenors Eric Alexander and Ray McMorrin, trombonists Conrad Herwig and Steve Davis, bassist John Webber, drummer Joe Farnsworth and trumpeter Mossman, the only holdover from the studio session. Silver’s aesthetic remains distinctive and evergreen, and it was well served by these powerful, elegant five horn arrangements and this driving, old school New York rhythm section.
Beautifully recorded, the album sheds light on all sides of Silver’s writing personality, from the lilting waltz of “Satchmo’s Song” (as memorable a tune as he’s ever written), to the intervallic nuances of “A Ballad for Hawk,” to the easygoing grooves of “Rocky’s Overture” and “Monkeyin’ Around with Monk,” to the classic Silverian minor-key grooves of “Rocky Meets the Duke” and “Hallelujah To Ya.”
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This review originally appeared in AllAboutJazz-New York .
Track Listing: 1. Rocky's Overture 2. Rocky Meets the Duke 3. Satchmo's Song 4. Monkeyin' Around With Monk 5. Ballad for Hawk 6. Skunky Funky Blues 7. Sunday Mornin' Prayer Meetin' 8. Hallelujah to Ya 9. Righteous Rumba 10. Lavender Love 11. Rockin' With Rachmaninoff
Personnel: Andy Bey: Vocals; Horace Silver: Piano; Ralph Bowen: Tenor Sax; Michael Mossman: Trumpet; Rickey Woodard: Tenor Sax; Bob Maize: Bass; Andy Martin: Trombone; Bob McChesney: Trombone; Doug Webb: Tenor Sax; Carl Burnett: Drums.