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Horace Silver: Live at Newport ’58

Here’s another example of jazz forensics paying off big-time. Thanks largely to producer Michael Cuscuna’s detective work at the Library of Congress and some subsequent sleuthing, this previously unreleased recording is now ours to enjoy. Play it back to back with Doin’ the Thing: At the Village Gate, Horace Silver’s renowned (and recently remastered) 1961 recording, and you’ve heard it all-at least all the officially released concert performances in Silver’s discography.

If that’s not enough to qualify Live at Newport, ’58 as a rarity, the presence of trumpeter Louis Smith certainly is. A gifted musician who never received the recognition due him, Smith more than held his own during this live performance, a closing set recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival. That’s no small feat, too, given the company Smith was keeping: pianist Silver (who’s in fine form and often playful spirit here), tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Louis Hayes.

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