Horace Silver

Continuity of Spirit

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After the original Blue Note label eventually collapsed, pianist Horace Silver (who was with the company for over 25 years) formed his own private label, Silveto (using the Emerald subsidiary to issue older concert performances). The Continuity of Spirit finds Silver (along with the Los Angeles Modern String Orchestra, four woodwinds, fluegelhornist Carl Saunders and three vocalists) paying tribute to Duke Ellington, W.C. Handy and Scott Joplin. The idea of using disc jockey Chuck Niles as "the spirit of Duke Ellington" is pretty hokey and the original music owes little to Ellington, Handy or Joplin; everything is in Horace Silver's own style. But there are some swinging moments on this well-intentioned set.