Horace Silver

Senor Blues: 1955-1959

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This Horace Silver CD compilation is yet another in the series of unauthorized reissues by the European bootleg label Giants of Jazz. With a dozen selections taken from five separate sessions originally recorded by the pianist for Blue Note, it is a good cross section of his early dates as a leader, though the mediocre sound, with its unexpected channel shifts and dropouts, is extremely annoying. Since most of the music has been reissued (or will be) by Blue Note in its complete re-creations of the original albums, there is little incentive to acquire this disappointing disc, unless someone is on a very tight budget, wants a representative sampling of Horace Silver's work, and can tolerate the average-to-abysmal sound, rather than spend just a little more for the real deal.

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