Our Rediscovered Gem – Horace Silver’s Song For My Father

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We celebrate one of Horace Silver’s finest albums in honour of his passing. 50 years old it may be, but it sounds as fresh as the day it was recorded. 

“Dad played the violin, guitar and mandolin, strictly by ear. He loved the folk music of Cape Verde…Occasionally, they would give a dance party in our kitchen on a Saturday night. They pushed the kitchen table into the corner of the room to make way for dancing, and Dad and his friends provided the music, playing and singing all the old Cape Verdean songs.”  – Horace Silver

From the album’s oh-so-funky title track, you get a sense of how much everyone enjoyed those party nights at the Silver home in Connecticut. Thousands of miles away from the tiny group of Portuguese islands off the coast of West Africa, they came together to celebrate the music of their homeland. Yet…

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