After Thelonious Monk, the first thing I learned on piano, including the solo, was Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father.” At the time it was as much as anything else about pleasing my parents, by learning a song that was dedicated to a parent. But an awful lot of things came from that.
We don’t think often of Horace Silver the pianist-at least not as a trio pianist, because he was one of the few pianists who maintained a horn-driven band. So in many ways he’s about composition. Certainly he had a way of letting a story evolve that I think we as younger composers aspire to-and that includes his solos: He made statement solos.