Ref.: Horace Silver
University of California Press
Horace Silver (Author), Phil Pastras (Editor), Joe Zawinul (Foreword), Steve Isoardi (Introduction)
Horace Silver is one of the last giants remaining from the of bebop music that became known as "hard bop" in the 1950s.
This freewheeling autobiography of the great composer, pianist, and bandleader takes us from his childhood in Norwalk, Connecticut, through his rise to fame as a musician in New York, to his comfortable life “after the road” in California. During that time, Silver composed an impressive repertoire of tunes that have become standards and recorded a number of classic albums. Well-seasoned with anecdotes about the music, the musicians, and the milieu in which he worked, Silver’s narrative—like his music—is earthy, and intimate.
His stories resonate with lessons learned from playing alongside such legends as Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, and Lester Young. His irrepressible sense of humor combined with his distinctive spirituality make his account both entertaining and inspiring. Most importantly, Silver’s unique take on the music and the people who play it opens a window onto the creative process of jazz and the social and cultural worlds in which it flourishes.
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