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R.I.P. Horace Silver

horace-silver-f-wolffNEA Jazz Master and legendary composer and pianist Horace Silver died last week at the age of 85. Silver, who composed classic tunes like “Song for My Father,” “The Preacher,” “Filthy McNasty,” and “Doodlin’,” passed away in New Rochelle, New York.

Silver was a co-founder of the Jazz Messangers with Art Blakey and an architect of Hard Bop style of jazz, welcoming elements of bop and Latin styles into his modern ’60s alternative to Miles Davis’ Cool Jazz movement.

Silver is often cited as one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, and a statement from Blue Note issued after his death noted that his mix of bebop with gospel, blues, and R&B was a key factor in defining what became known as “the Blue Note Sound.”

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