Guides to Growing Up

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Guides to Growing Up
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Studio album by Horace Silver
Released 1981
Recorded September 18 & 29, 1981
Genre Jazz
Label Silverto
Producer Horace Silver
Horace Silver chronology
Silver 'n Strings Play the Music of the Spheres
Guides to Growing Up
Spiritualizing the Senses
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[1]

Guides to Growing Up is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver, his first released on the Silverto label, featuring performances by Silver with Eddie Harris, Joe Diorio, Bob Magnusson, and Ron McCurdy, with recitations by Bill Cosby and vocals by Weaver Copeland, and Mahmu Pearl.[2]

In a 1981 interview Silver stated: "This is jazz, and actually it's adult music. But it's music for everybody. And adults can listen to it and enjoy it as well as the kids! But the titles of the tunes and the lyrics and recitation is dedicated to the kids, so they can listen to and learn good principles of life."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions and lyrics by Horace Silver
  1. "Accepting Responsibility"
  2. "Reaching Our Goals in Life"
  3. "Learning to Be Unselfish"
  4. "Helping Others"
  5. "Finding Good Rules to Life"
  6. "Honesty and Self Control"
  7. "Managing Your Money"
  8. "The Things That Really Matter"
  • Recorded in NYC on September 18 & 29, 1981.



  1. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 182. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  2. ^ Horace Silver discography,; accessed November 30, 2009.
  3. ^ Rosenbaum, Bob, "An Interview with Horace Silver", Palos Verdes, California, December 6, 1981; accessed November 30, 2009.