Horace Silver Jazz Has a Sense of Humor
Entertainment Weekly: "...Here's proof that the father of hard bop is still quite a mother." - Rating: B+
- Released: March 12, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Polygram
Entertainment Weekly - 8/13/99, p.77"...Here's proof that the father of hard bop is still quite a mother." - Rating: B+
Muzik - 1/00, p.1274 stars out of 5 - "...there are enough improvised beats and pieces here to make you move across the dancefloor. This is live vibrant music in its pure and unadulterated form."
JazzTimes - 9/99, pp.81-2"...Guaranteed, as always, to move the feet and bring a smile to the face."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Satisfaction Guaranteed
- $0.99 on iTunes2.The Mama Suite, Pt. 1: Not Enough Mama
- $0.99 on iTunes3.The Mama Suite, Pt. 2: Too Much Mama
- $0.99 on iTunes4.The Mama Suite, Pt. 3: Just Right Mama
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Philley Millie
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Ah-Ma-Tell
- $0.99 on iTunes7.I Love Annie's Fanny
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Where Do I Go from Here?
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Horace Silver (piano); Jimmy Greene (soprano & tenor saxophones); Ryan Kisor (trumpet); John Webber (bass); Willie Jones III (drums).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York on December 17 & 18, 1998. Includes liner notes by Horace Silver.
Personnel: Horace Silver (piano); Jimmy Greene (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ryan Kisor (trumpet); Willie Jones III (drums).
Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (12/17/1998/12/18/1998).
Arranger: Horace Silver.
Modern jazz is often criticized as being too serious or "artsy." Legendary pianist Horace Silver has answered the call with his delightful "JAZZ...HAS...A SENSE OF HUMOR," his debut on Verve. While Silver's signature brand of funky swing should be enough to melt even the most stoic of moods, it is his lyrics, penned for reading along to the pianist's memorable melodies, which take the cake. The tunes themselves are expertly played by Silver and his quintet, which includes trumpet ace Ryan Kisor and newcomer Jimmy Greene on saxophone, but when coupled with the sometimes risquT lyrics hidden within the booklet, it is easy to see where Silver got his title. In particular, the opener "Satisfaction Guaranteed," the spirited "Ah-Ma-Tell," and, of course, "I Love Annie's Fanny" are sure to invoke a guffaw or two. Also included is the "The Mama Suite," which contains three separate movements dedicated to the various-sized ladies Silver has undoubtedly observed with his twinkling eye. Above all, this set does exactly what Silver intended: it offers a smile and a chance to forget our troubles.
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