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Horace Silver: Rachin’ Around

Horace Silver

Most people waking up from a dream in which Sergei Rachmaninoff and Duke Ellington met in heaven and shared their love of jazz would probably blame it on last night’s dinner, shake it off and continue with the day. Horace Silver is not most people.

The lion of hard bop and soul-jazz did indeed have such a dream, and he immediately saw its musical potential: His newly issued album Rockin’ With Rachmaninoff (Bop City) is an original cast recording of the musical he created in 1991 to depict this scenario.

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