Song for My Father
|Song for My Father|
|Studio album by The Horace Silver Quintet|
|Recorded||October 31, 1963; January 28 and October 26, 1964
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|Length||42:12 original LP
|The Horace Silver Quintet chronology|
Song for My Father is a 1965 album by The Horace Silver Quintet, released on the Blue Note label in 1965. The album was inspired by a trip that Silver had made to Brazil. The cover artwork features a photograph of Silver's father, John Tavares Silva, to whom the title song was dedicated. "My mother was of Irish and Negro descent, my father of Portuguese origin," Silver recalls in the liner notes: "He was born on the island of Maio, one of the Cape Verde Islands."
Allmusic reviewer Steve Huey praised the album:
One of Blue Note's greatest mainstream hard bop dates, Song for My Father is Horace Silver's signature LP and the peak of a discography already studded with classics...it hangs together remarkably well, and Silver's writing is at his tightest and catchiest.
All compositions by Horace Silver, except where noted.
- "Song for My Father" – 7:17
- "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – 6:09
- "Calcutta Cutie" – 8:31 
- "Que Pasa" – 7:47
- "The Kicker" (Joe Henderson) – 5:26
- "Lonely Woman" – 7:02
Bonus tracks on CD reissue:
- "Sanctimonious Sam" (Musa Kaleem) – 3:52
- "Que Pasa (Trio Version)" – 5:38
- "Sighin' and Cryin'" – 5:27
- "Silver Treads Among My Soul" – 3:50
Recorded on October 31, 1963 (#3, 6, 7, 8); January 28, 1964 (#9-10); October 26, 1964 (#1, 2, 4, 5).
- Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5
- Horace Silver — piano
- Carmell Jones — trumpet
- Joe Henderson — tenor saxophone
- Teddy Smith — bass
- Roger Humphries — drums
- Tracks 3, 6-10
- Horace Silver — piano
- Blue Mitchell — trumpet exc. tracks 6, 8
- Junior Cook — tenor saxophone exc. tracks 6, 8
- Gene Taylor — bass
- Roy Brooks — drums
A jazz standard, "Song for My Father" is here in its original form. It is a bossa nova in F-minor with an AAB head. On the head, a trumpet and tenor saxophone play in harmony. The song has had a noticeable impact in pop music. The opening bass piano notes were borrowed by Steely Dan for their song "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", while the opening horn riff was borrowed by Stevie Wonder for his song "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing". Earth Wind & Fire also borrowed the opening bass notes for their song "Clover". In the booklet of their box set, Paul Weller noted that he 'nicked 'the chords for The Style Council's 1984 song 'Me Ship Came In!'
In 1969 Leon Thomas recorded a vocal version for his Spirits Known and Unknown album on Flying Dutchman Records.
In 2008, bassist Victor Wooten covered the song on his album Palmystery.
In 2009, Kermit Ruffins recorded a version for his album Livin' A Treme Life on Basin Street Records.
Notes and references
- Yanow, Scott (2011 [last update]). "Song for My Father - Horace Silver | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- Original liner notes by Leonard Feather
- Song for My Father at AllMusic
- Yanow, S. Hard Bop accessed December 7, 2009.
- This title lists the wrong musicians on the album notes
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