Further Explorations ranks among Silver’s greatest recordings, which is saying a lot. The personnel’s as good as any Horace ever had, including trumpeter Art Farmer, tenorman Clifford Jordan, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Louis Hayes. Beyond this the album contains some superb Silver compositions. The asymmetrically constructed “Melancholy Mood” and “The Outlaw” show Silver departing from the 12, 16 and 32 bar forms popular when this album was cut. Horace also contributes the lovely “Moon Rays,” the buoyant “Safari” and “Pyramid,” a mysterious minor piece.
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