It's Got to Be Funky

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It's Got to Be Funky
It's Got to Be Funky.jpg
Studio album by Horace Silver
Released 1993
Recorded February 8 & 9, 1993
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Producer Horace Silver
Horace Silver chronology
Music to Ease Your Disease
(1988)Music to Ease Your Disease1988
It's Got to Be Funky
Pencil Packin' Papa
(1994)Pencil Packin' Papa1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

It's Got to Be Funky is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver, his first release on the Columbia label since Silver's Blue (1956), featuring performances by Silver with Oscar Brashear, Ron Stout, Bob Summers, Bob McChesney, Maurice Spears, Suzette Moriarty, Eddie Harris, Branford Marsalis, Red Holloway, Bob Maize, and Carl Burnett, with vocals by Andy Bey.[2] The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and states "After a 13-year period in which he mostly recorded for his private Silveto label, pianist/composer Horace Silver was rediscovered by Columbia for this session... All of the music (except for a remake of "Song for My Father") was new and served as proof that the master of jazz-funk had not lost his stuff".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions and lyrics by Horace Silver
  1. "Funky Bunky" - 7:31
  2. "Dufus Rufus" - 5:34
  3. "The Lunceford Legacy" - 7:03
  4. "The Hillbilly Bebopper" - 5:28
  5. "The Walk Around - Look up and Down Song" - 5:55
  6. "It's Got to Be Funky" - 6:45
  7. "Basically Blue" - 6:27
  8. "Song for My Father" - 8:33
  9. "When You're in Love" - 4:30
  10. "Put Me in the Basement" - 7:19
  11. "Little Mama" - 7:04
  12. "Yo' Mama's Mambo" - 3:37
  • Recorded in NYC on February 8 & 9, 1993.



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