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Following the subtly modern bent of much of The Cape Verdean Blues, Horace Silver recommitted himself to his trademark "funky jazz" sound on The Jody Grind. Yet he also consciously chose to keep a superbly advanced front l... more »
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Following the subtly modern bent of much of The Cape Verdean Blues, Horace Silver recommitted himself to his trademark "funky jazz" sound on The Jody Grind. Yet he also consciously chose to keep a superbly advanced front line, with players like trumpeter Woody Shaw (retained from the Cape Verdean session), altoist/flutist James Spaulding, and tenor saxophonist Tyrone Washington. Thus, of all Silver's groove-centered records, The Jody Grind winds up as possibly the most challenging. It's also one of the most under appreciated; Silver's piano playing is at its rhythmic best throughout, brimming over with confidence and good cheer, and evoking memories of the classic feel of his early-'60s quintet. His compositions have a similarly bright overtone, which was becoming increasingly rare in mid-'60s jazz as the fury of the avant-garde and the Civil Rights upheaval began to seep into jazz's wider consciousness. The title cut is a playful, overlooked classic on the funky side of hard bop; Silver kicks it with a tasty groove, giving the rest of the musicians plenty to play off of. The whole group absolutely burns through "Grease Piece," a terrific hard swinger full of smoking solo statements from just about everyone on down to drum whiz Roger Humphries. Really, the whole album is packed with great grooves and tight solos, epitomizing the best virtues of Silver's music. The Jody Grind is one of the best Horace Silver records, highly recommended. Players Include:
Horace Silver - Piano
James Spaulding - Flute, Sax (Alto)
Tyrone Washington - Sax (Tenor)
Larry Ridley - Bass
Woody Shaw - Trumpet
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Grand master of hard bop!
James Ferguson | Vilnius, Lithuania | 12/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Horace Silver is in full flight on the "Jody Grind." He is one of the grand masters of hard bop, and it is little wonder that so much of his music has been used in "acid jazz." Silver has had a very prolific career, starting with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and evolving into one of the prime figures in jazz. Silver draws from a wide variety of sources, but lurking in the background seems to be his Cape Verdean roots. There is a loose quality to his music that is very appealling, and it is so easy to be drawn into his sinuous sounds."