Doin' the Thing

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Doin' the Thing
Doin' the Thing.jpg
Live album by Horace Silver Quintet
Released 1961
Recorded May 19 & 20 1961
Genre Jazz
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Horace Silver chronology
Doin' the Thing
The Tokyo Blues
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

Doin' the Thing is a live album by jazz pianist Horace Silver released on the Blue Note label in 1961 featuring performances by Silver with Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, Gene Taylor, and Roy Brooks recorded at the Village Gate in New York City.[3]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and states "This live set finds pianist/composer Horace Silver and his most acclaimed quintet stretching out".[4] The All About Jazz review of the CD rerelease by Hrayr Attarian called the album "especially unique, not only because of its quality, but because it is the only live recording of his most famous quintet. Although it was recorded 52 years ago (1961), this CD has the power to transport one back in time to the smoky room at Village Gate where one feels the raw energy of the live performance".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Horace Silver
  1. "Filthy McNasty" - 11:02
  2. "Doin' the Thing" - 11:16
  3. "Kiss Me Right" - 9:18
  4. "The Gringo/Cool Eyes (Theme)" - 12:03
Bonus tracks not included on original LP
  1. "It Ain't S'posed to Be Like That" - 6:21
  2. "Cool Eyes" - 3:56
  • All tracks recorded at the Village Gate, NYC on May 19 & 20, 1961.




  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 181. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Horace Silver discography accessed November 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 20, 2009.
  5. ^ Attarian, H. Review: Doin' the Thing at the Village Gate All About Jazz October 9, 2006