Pencil Packin' Papa

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Pencil Packin' Papa
Studio album by Horace Silver
Released 1994
Recorded January 10 & 11, 1994
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Producer Horace Silver
Horace Silver chronology
It's Got to Be Funky
Pencil Packin' Papa
The Hardbop Grandpop
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Pencil Packin' Papa is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver released on the Columbia label in 1994 featuring performances by Silver with Oscar Brashear, Ron Stout, Jeff Bernell, George Bohanon, Maurice Spears, Suzette Moriarty, Red Holloway, James Moody, Eddie Harris, Rickey Woodard, Bob Maize, and Carl Burnett, with vocals by O.C. Smith.[2] The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and states "This CD's main assets are the many new compositions by Horace Silver and his colorful arrangements for the six-piece brass section... In addition, O.C. Smith does a fine job on his four vocals although Silver's abilities as a lyricist are still open to question. However his piano solos are typically exciting and inventive and Silver has obviously lost none of his enthusiasm even after four decades of music making".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions and lyrics by Horace Silver
  1. "Pencil Packin' Papa" - 5:48
  2. "I Got the Dancin' Blues" - 7:08
  3. "Soul Mates" - 6:50
  4. "I Need My Baby" - 7:02
  5. "My Mother's Waltz" - 6:11
  6. "Red Beans and Rice" - 7:21
  7. "Blues for Brother Blue" - 8:13
  8. "Let It All Hang Out" - 4:56
  9. "Señor Blues" - 6:58
  10. "Viva Amour" - 5:59
  • Recorded in NYC on January 10 & 11, 1994.



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Horace Silver discography accessed December 1, 2009.
  3. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed December 1, 2009.