Often overlooked due to other tiles also released during Silver’s peak period
(1954-1965), Horace-Scope is a solid collection that holds up quite well today.
It again features the fine tandem of Junior Cook’s tenor and Blue Mitchell’s
trumpet (their third Silver recording together) who, by now, found their
interplay becoming second-nature, almost telepathic. Other Silver regulars Gene
Taylor and Ray Brooks handle bass lines and drum fills, respectively.
Arrangements are spot-on, tight in the pocket and surprisingly ultra-soulful in
the solo turns. It’s easy to think the highlight of this album to be Silver’s
first attempt of his own “Nica’s Dream” - which had been debuted by Art Blakey
three years prior - and it just might be. But equally intoxicating are the takes
on “Strollin’”, “Without You” and the title tune, all of which Silver and Co.
make totally their own.
As part of the Classic Blue Note Signature LP reissue Series this reissue was
mastered and cut from the original analog master tapes on Classic’s All Tube
Mono cutting system and featuring authentic tip on jackets with film laminate
front covers. Great record – highly recommended!
• 200g Quiex SV-P
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Junior Cook, tenor sax
Horace Silver, piano
Gene Taylor, bass
Roy Brooks, drums
2. Where You At?
3. Without You
5. Yeah! (Instrumental)
6. Me And My Baby
7. Nica's Dream