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Farewell: Horace Silver

9.2.28-6.18.14

Horace Silver
Horace Silver at Lee Morgan's "Indeed!" session, November 1956

It was way back in ’67-I was 21-when I joined Horace Silver’s band. It was a great opportunity. He broke the band up after a year and a half. My brother Mike and I joined what became Dreams, did that for a couple of years, and when that broke up we rejoined Horace for another year.

Horace was quite the mentor. I think he’s had more influence on me as a musician or bandleader than anyone. He was the best of both worlds: He let us stretch out on certain tunes, while other tunes were more funk-oriented and he wanted us to maintain a funk attitude.

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