Finger Poppin'

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Finger Poppin' with the Horace Silver Quintet
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Studio album by Horace Silver
Released Mid-April 1959[1]
Recorded January 31, 1959
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz, hard bop
Length 42:52
Label Blue Note
BST 84008
Producer Alfred Lion
Horace Silver chronology
Further Explorations
Finger Poppin' with the Horace Silver Quintet
Blowin' the Blues Away
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

Finger Poppin' with the Horace Silver Quintet is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver released on the Blue Note label in 1959 featuring performances by Silver with Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, Gene Taylor, and Louis Hayes.[4]


The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and states "Finger Poppin was the first album Horace Silver recorded with the most celebrated version of his quintet... It's also one of Silver's all-time classics, perfectly blending the pianist's advanced, groundbreaking hard bop style with the winning, gregarious personality conveyed in his eight original tunes. Silver always kept his harmonically sophisticated music firmly grounded in the emotional directness and effortless swing of the blues, and Finger Poppin is one of the greatest peaks of that approach. A big part of the reason is the chemistry between the group – it's electrifying and tightly knit, with a palpable sense of discovery and excitement at how well the music is turning out... Finger Poppin' is everything small-group hard bop should be, and it's a terrific example of what made the Blue Note label's mainstream sound so infectious".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Horace Silver
  1. "Finger Poppin'" - 4:47
  2. "Juicy Lucy" - 5:46
  3. "Swingin' the Samba" - 5:17
  4. "Sweet Stuff" - 5:32
  5. "Cookin' at the Continental" - 4:54
  6. "Come on Home" - 5:30
  7. "You Happened My Way" - 5:29
  8. "Mellow D" - 5:37




  1. ^ Billboard Apr 27, 1959
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 181. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Horace Silver discography accessed 17 November 2009.
  5. ^ Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed 17 November 2009.