Song for My Father

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Song for My Father
Song for My Father (Horace Silver album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by The Horace Silver Quintet
Released End of January 1965[1]
Recorded October 31, 1963; January 28 and October 26, 1964
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 42:12 original LP
59:59 CD
Label Blue Note
BST 84185
Producer Alfred Lion
The Horace Silver Quintet chronology
Silver's Serenade
Song for My Father
The Cape Verdean Blues
Alternative cover
RVG edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Song for My Father is a 1965 album by the Horace Silver Quintet, released on the Blue Note label in 1965. The album was inspired by a trip that Silver had made to Brazil. The cover artwork features a photograph of Silver's father, John Tavares Silva, to whom the title song was dedicated. "My mother was of Irish and Negro descent, my father of Portuguese origin," Silver recalls in the liner notes: "He was born on the island of Maio, one of the Cape Verde Islands."[5]

Allmusic reviewer Steve Huey praised the album:

One of Blue Note's greatest mainstream hard bop dates, Song for My Father is Horace Silver's signature LP and the peak of a discography already studded with hangs together remarkably well, and Silver's writing is at his tightest and catchiest.[6]

The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his Allmusic essay "Hard Bop" as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Horace Silver, except where noted.

  1. "Song for My Father" – 7:17
  2. "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – 6:09
  3. "Calcutta Cutie" – 8:31 [8]
  4. "Que Pasa" – 7:47
  5. "The Kicker" (Joe Henderson) – 5:26
  6. "Lonely Woman" – 7:02

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Sanctimonious Sam" (Musa Kaleem) – 3:52
  2. "Que Pasa (Trio Version)" – 5:38
  3. "Sighin' and Cryin'" – 5:27
  4. "Silver Treads Among My Soul" – 3:50

Recorded on October 31, 1963 (#3, 6, 7, 8); January 28, 1964 (#9-10); October 26, 1964 (#1, 2, 4, 5).


Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5
Tracks 3, 6-10

Title track[edit]

A jazz standard, "Song for My Father" is here in its original form. It is a bossa nova in F-minor with an AAB head. On the head, a trumpet and tenor saxophone play in harmony. The song has had a noticeable impact in pop music. The opening bass piano notes were borrowed by Steely Dan for their song "Rikki Don't Lose That Number",[9][10] while the opening horn riff was borrowed by Stevie Wonder for his song "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing". Earth Wind & Fire also borrowed the opening bass notes for their song "Clover". In the booklet of their box set, Paul Weller noted that he 'nicked 'the chords for the Style Council's 1984 song 'Me Ship Came In!'

Cover versions[edit]

In 1968 George Benson recorded a version on his album "Goodies".

In 1969 Leon Thomas recorded a vocal version for his Spirits Known and Unknown album on Flying Dutchman Records.

In the late 1970s Cedric Im Brooks & the Light of Saba recorded a version later included on the 2003 release The Magical Light of Saba on Honest Jon's Records.

In 1993, Us3 sampled "Song for My Father" on the track "Eleven Long Years", which appeared on their Hand On The Torch album.

In 2003, hip-hop producer Madlib recorded his version of the title track for the Blue Note remix project Shades of Blue.

In 2008, pianist David Benoit performed his version of the song on his cover album Heroes.[11][12]

In 2008, bassist Victor Wooten covered the song on his album Palmystery.

Also in 2009, award winning resonator (dobro) guitarist, Rob Ickes recorded a version, with piano on his album "Road Song".

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Feb 6 1965
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Song for My Father - Horace Silver | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1299. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 181. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ Original liner notes by Leonard Feather
  6. ^ Song for My Father at AllMusic
  7. ^ Yanow, S. Hard Bop accessed December 7, 2009.
  8. ^ This title lists the wrong musicians on the album notes
  9. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Steely Dan "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"". AllMusic. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ Huey, Steve. "Song for My Father (1964)". Blue Note Records. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Heroes overview". 
  12. ^ "Heroes : David Benoit : Concord Music Group". Concord Music Group.