Song for My Father (album)

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Song for My Father
Song for My Father (Horace Silver album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of January 1965[1]
RecordedOctober 31, 1963; January 28 and October 26, 1964
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenreHard bop
Length42:12 original LP
59:59 CD
LabelBlue Note
BST 84185
ProducerAlfred Lion
The Horace Silver Quintet chronology
Silver's Serenade
Song for My Father
The Cape Verdean Blues
Alternative cover
RVG edition
RVG edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]

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 Silver, to whom the title composition 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."[6]

Music and reception[edit]

The composition "Song for My Father" is probably Silver's best known.[7] As described in the liner notes, this album features the leader's quintet in transition as it features a mix of tracks featuring his old group and his new line-up after Blue Mitchell had left.

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.[8]

The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his AllMusic essay "Hard Bop" as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop recordings.[9]

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[10]
  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 Threads Among The 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, 7, 9, 10

Tracks 6, 8

  • Horace Silver – piano
  • Gene Taylor – bass
  • Roy Brooks – drums


  1. ^ Billboard Feb 6 1965
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Song for My Father - Horace Silver". 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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 181. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  6. ^ Original liner notes by Leonard Feather
  7. ^ Keepnews, Peter (June 18, 2014). "Horace Silver, 85, Master of Earthy Jazz, Is Dead". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Song for My Father at AllMusic
  9. ^ Yanow, S. Hard Bop[dead link] accessed December 7, 2009.
  10. ^ This title lists the wrong musicians on the album notes