In Memoriam Horace Silver

I feel that I should post something for Horace Silver’s death. I saw him live when I was a college student, and his playing opened me up in a way that I’d rarely, if ever, been opened by live music. I felt like I was entering into some world where humanity was fully alive and valued, a world where suffering is present but glorified, a world of idiosyncracy and freedom and panache. Maybe you can get a bit of that feeling in one of his best songs: check out his solo just past the four minute mark.

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