Horace Silver
The Stylings Of Silver | Mono 45rpm 2LP

Music Matters / Blue Note

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“As a pianist, songwriter and bandleader, Horace Silver became universally recognized as one of the all-time greats of hard bop jazz. His percussive and melodic style on piano set the standard for all jazz/funk pianists. One of the top composers to emerge during the 50’s, Silver wrote dozens of songs that became jazz standards as well as countless others that have more than stood the test of time. Horace Silver’s series of two-horn quintets were hugely influential in both hard bop and soul jazz.

The Styling's Of Silver was recorded one year after Silver left the Jazz Messengers (which he co-founded with Art Blakey) and it is acknowledged as one of the most exciting hard bop albums of 1957. With trumpeter Art Farmer and tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley forming the front line, Silver had two major artists who were pure perfection in interpreting his original material. The Styling’s of Silver is probably best known for the track "Home Cooking" lyrics that made the tune into a major hit. The other Silver originals, including "Soulville," "No Smokin'" and "Metamorphosis," are memorable in their own right. Combine catchy tunes, smoking solos and Horace Silver's rhythmic piano and one has the hard bop classic known as The Styling's of Silver.” - Music Matters


  • Art Farmer, trumpet
  • Hank Mobley, tenor sax
  • Horace Silver, piano
  • Teddy Kotick, bass
  • Louis Hayes, drums


About Horace Silver:

“From the perspective of the early 2000s, it is clear that few jazz musicians have had a greater impact on the contemporary mainstream than Horace Silver. The hard bop style that Silver pioneered in the '50s is now dominant, played not only by holdovers from an earlier generation, but also by fuzzy-cheeked musicians who had yet to be born when the music fell out of critical favor in the '60s and '70s.

Silver's earliest musical influence was the Cape Verdean folk music he heard from his Portuguese-born father. Later, after he had begun playing piano and saxophone as a high schooler, Silver came under the spell of blues singers and boogie-woogie pianists, as well as boppers like Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. In 1950, Stan Getz played a concert in Hartford, CT, with a pickup rhythm section that included Silver, drummer Walter Bolden, and bassist Joe Calloway. So impressed was Getz, he hired the whole trio. Silver had been saving his money to move to New York anyway; his hiring by Getz sealed the deal.

Silver worked with Getz for a year, then began to freelance around the city with such big-time players as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Oscar Pettiford. In 1952, he recorded with Lou Donaldson for the Blue Note label; this date led him to his first recordings as a leader. In 1953, he joined forces with Art Blakey to form a cooperative under their joint leadership. The band's first album, Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers, was a milestone in the development of the genre that came to be known as hard bop. Many of the tunes penned by Silver for that record -- "The Preacher," "Doodlin'," "Room 608" -- became jazz classics. By 1956, Silver had left the Messengers to record on his own. The series of Blue Note albums that followed established Silver for all time as one of jazz's major composer/pianists. LPs like Blowin' the Blues Away and Song for My Father (both recorded by an ensemble that included Silver's longtime sidemen Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook) featured Silver's harmonically sophisticated and formally distinctive compositions for small jazz ensemble.

Silver's piano style -- terse, imaginative, and utterly funky -- became a model for subsequent mainstream pianists to emulate. Some of the most influential horn players of the '50s, '60s, and '70s first attained a measure of prominence with Silver -- musicians like Donald Byrd, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Benny Golson, and the Brecker Brothers all played in Silver's band at a point early in their careers. Silver has even affected members of the avant-garde; Cecil Taylor confesses a Silver influence, and trumpeter Dave Douglas played briefly in a Silver combo.

Silver recorded exclusively for Blue Note until that label's eclipse in the late '70s, whereupon he started his own label, Silveto. Silver's '80s work was poorly distributed. During that time he began writing lyrics to his compositions; his work began to display a concern with music's metaphysical powers, as exemplified by album titles like Music to Ease Your Disease and Spiritualizing the Senses. In the '90s, Silver abandoned his label venture and began recording for Columbia. With his re-emergence on a major label, Silver is once again receiving a measure of the attention his contribution deserves. Certainly, no one has ever contributed a larger and more vital body of original compositions to the jazz canon. ~ Chris Kelsey” – Blue Note Records

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Horace Silver


The Stylings Of Silver


Music Matters / Blue Note


2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Reissue, Mono, 180gm, Gatefold Jacket



Release Date:

This reissue: 2011 | Original - 1957




Hard Bop

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