Horace Silver - A Prescription for the Blues (APE+CUE)
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Pianist/composer Horace Silver teams up with the Brecker Brothers (both of whom used to be in his quintet) and a veteran rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and drummer Louis Hayes to debut nine of his originals. The funny part about Silver's music is that, no matter who he is paying tribute to (this set includes a song for Lester Young), the style always ends up sounding like Horace Silver, with no real reference to the subject matter. All of the music on this date is very much in Silver's funky hard bop tradition, in the phrasing, catchy themes, concise solos by tenor Michael and trumpeter Randy Brecker, and the pianist's distinctive and quote-filled improvisations. None of the melodies are all that memorable ("Walk On" has the best chance of catching on), so there are probably no future "hits" on this collection. But it is a joy to hear Horace Silver still playing in his prime at the age of 68.
Horace Silver Quintet
Randy Brecker (tp) Michael Brecker (ts) Horace Silver (p) Ron Carter (b) Louis Hayes (d)
01 A Prescription for the Blues
02 Whenever Lester Plays the Blues
03 You Gotta Shake That Thing
04 Yodel Lady Blues
05 Brother John and Brother Gene
06 Free at Last
07 Walk On
08 Sunrise in Malibu
09 Doctor Jazz