Nica's Dream

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"Nica's Dream" is a jazz standard[1] composed by Horace Silver, named for Pannonica de Koenigswarter.[2] The song has been recorded by The Jazz Messengers as well as many other artists.

Thomas Owens describes the composition – "The trumpet melody, one of the great themes in jazz literature, is a 64-measure song in aaba form. The accompaniment for the a sections is in a Latin style based on [...] one of Silver's favorite patterns. In the bridge the accompaniment alternates between backbeat chordal punctuations and four-beat swing. During the solos the rhythm section maintains the same accompanimental textures, which both clarify the form and maintain the theme's original moods and textures."[3]


  1. ^ "NPR's Jazz Profiles: Horace Silver". Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, 74". New York Times. December 2, 1988. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Owens, Thomas (1996). Bebop – The Music and Its Players. Oxford University Press. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-19-510651-0.