Serenade to a Soul Sister

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Serenade to a Soul Sister
Serenade to a Soul Sister.jpg
Studio album by Horace Silver
Released Early June 1968[1]
Recorded February 23 and March 29, 1968
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 37:54
Label Blue Note
BST 84277
Producer Alfred Lion
Horace Silver chronology
The Jody Grind
(1966)The Jody Grind1966
Serenade to a Soul Sister
You Gotta Take a Little Love
(1969)You Gotta Take a Little Love1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Serenade to a Soul Sister is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver released on the Blue Note label in 1968, featuring performances by Silver with Charles Tolliver, Stanley Turrentine, Bennie Maupin, Bob Cranshaw, John Williams, Mickey Roker and Billy Cobham.[5]

The album was re-mastered, for the CD release in the 24-bit series, by Rudy Van Gelder, in 2004.[6]


AllMusic writer Steve Huey awarded the album 4½ stars and stated:

"One of the last great Horace Silver albums for Blue Note, Serenade to a Soul Sister is also one of the pianist's most infectiously cheerful, good-humored outings... You'd never know this album was recorded in one of the most tumultuous years in American history, but as Silver says in the liner notes' indirect jab at the avant-garde, he simply didn't believe in allowing "politics, hatred, or anger" into his music. Whether you agree with that philosophy or not, it's hard to argue with musical results as joyous and tightly performed as Serenade to a Soul Sister."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Horace Silver.

  1. "Psychedelic Sally" – 7:14
  2. "Serenade to a Soul Sister" – 6:19
  3. "Rain Dance" – 6:21
  4. "Jungle Juice" – 6:46
  5. "Kindred Spirits" – 5:55
  6. "Next Time I Fall in Love" – 5:19



on tracks 1 – 3 (February 23, 1968)

on tracks 4 – 6 (March 29, 1968)



  1. ^ Billboard June 1, 1968
  2. ^ a b Huey, S.AllMusic Review accessed November 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1299. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 181. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ Horace Silver discography accessed November 23, 2009.
  6. ^ [1]