Horace Silver - The Cape Verdean Blues
Original Release Date: October 1, 1965
Audio CD: March 23, 2004
Format: Original recording remastered
Label: Blue Note Records
Bitrate: 256 kbps
From start to finish this is an exceptionally smooth album. It just rolls along transporting you to a very upbeat and cool place. The beautiful rhythm of Horace's piano, the dexterity and speed of Joe Henderson's tenor and the brilliance of Woody Shaw's trumpet are captivating. I normally find the trombone overbearing and out of place but JJ Johnson is absolutely wonderful on this fabulous album.
Much as I enjoy the Horace's better known albums, this is my favourite.
You will not regret buying this album. ~ Frizzante
To my ears there is such a purity to this recording. Sure, the solos, overall musicianship, and song craft are exceptional, but that this not the thing. This album transcends. It is spiritual and loving and dare I say, in some abstract way very "black" (and by that I mean full of universality and depth of experience). Somehow through the Latin-tinged, blues-infused, deep-swinging celebration, one gets the sense that it's all going to be okay. Celebrate universal love and enjoy! A few years later Horace was singing this kind of thing, but he didn't really need to...it was always "within" the music.
J.J. Johnson adds fantastic depth; not a bad song on the disk; never gets old; easy to get wonderfully lost in beautiful abstract thought whilst listening; his best recording. ~ Pure Joy "classicglobal"
J.J. Johnson, trombone
Joe Henderson, tenor sax
Woody Shaw, trumpet
Horace Silver, piano
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Roger Humphries, drums
Horace Silver - The Cape Verdean Blues tracks:
01. The Cape Verdean Blues9
02. The African Queen
03. Pretty Eyes
06. Mo' Joe