Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers

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Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
Studio album by Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
Released 1955
Recorded December 13, 1954 (#1-3, 8)
February 6, 1955 (#4-7)
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz, Hard bop
Length 43:50
Label Blue Note
BLP 1518
Producer Alfred Lion
Horace Silver chronology
Horace Silver Trio
(1953)
Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
(1955)
Silver's Blue
(1956)
Jazz Messengers chronology
Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
(1955)
At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1
(1955)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers is a 1955 album by jazz pianist Horace Silver with drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. It was an important album in the establishment of the hard bop style, and was the first album released under the band name Jazz Messengers, which Blakey would use for the rest of his career. Scott Yanow on Allmusic describes it as "a true classic".[2] Originally released as an LP, the album has subsequently been reissued on CD several times.

Background[edit]

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers was the second Blue Note album released under Silver’s name, and the first on which he used the quintet format which he would largely use for the rest of his career. The music on the album mixes bebop influences with blues and gospel feels.

One of the most successful tunes from the album, "The Preacher", was almost rejected for recording by producer Alfred Lion, who thought it was "too old-timey", but reinstated at the insistence of Blakey and Silver, who threatened to cancel the session until he had written another tune to record in its place if it wasn’t included.[3] According to Silver, the track showed that the band could "reach way back and get that old time, gutbucket barroom feeling with just a taste of the back-beat".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Except where noted, all tracks composed by Horace Silver.
  1. "Room 608" – 5:22
  2. "Creepin' In" – 7:26
  3. "Stop Time" – 4:07
  4. "To Whom It May Concern" – 5:11
  5. "Hippy" – 5:23
  6. "The Preacher" – 4:18
  7. "Hankerin'" (Mobley) – 5:18
  8. "Doodlin'" – 6:45

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Allmusic: Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers – Review
  3. ^ Silver, H. (2007): Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty: The Autobiography of Horace Silver, University of California Press, p. 79-80
  4. ^ Rosenthal, D. H. (1992): Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music, 1955-1965, OUP, p. 38