Thursday, September 6, 2012

Horace Silver - Señor Blues

Even though there are many great versions and recordings of Horace Silver's classic jazz composition "Señor Blues" (including Clifford Jordan's 1970 version, see previous blog post), my personal favorite is the vocal version Silver and his quintet did with vocalist Bill Henderson. This version of the composition was recorded and released a few years after Silver's 1956 album 6 Pieces of Silver came out, which had an instrumental rendition of the hard-bop masterpiece. On the vocal version, Bill Henderson provides a soulful element to the composition with his blues-like vocals, a powerful component that many spiritual jazz artists like Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders adapted later in a lot of their recordings. Overall, a true classic from one of hard-bop era's most accomplished and legendary composers.

Horace silver - Señor Blues (vocal versions)

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