Horace Silver : Blowin' the Blues Away

Horace Silver : Blowin' the Blues Away


Horace Silver (piano), Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Junior Cook (tenor sax), Eugene Taylor (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)

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Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Blowin' The Blues Away
2 - The St. Vitus Dance
3 - Break City
4 - Peace
5 - Sister Sadie
6 - The Baghdad Blues
7 - Melancholy Mood

Recorded on August 29–30 & September 13, 1959 at Rudy Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs in New Jersey.

Along with his Songs For My Father, Blowin’ The Blues Away constantly ranks as one of pianist Horace Silver’s finest group of original compositions. For decades, only former band-mate in the original Jazz Messengers ensemble, Art Blakey, could match Silver in ears for talent and the feeding grounds their groups became, spawning players who later became jazz giants. The group assembled here is no exception. This exact line-up would eventually stay in-tack, becoming the incarnation of the first Blue Mitchell Quintet, with Chick Corea replacing Silver. The afore-mentioned Blue Mitchell along with Junior Cook on tenor, Gene Taylor’s bass and drummer Louis Hayes help Silver deliver a fine mix of tempos including the ballad Peace and the gospel/soul-tinged Sister Sadie, both of which became jazz standards. On The St. Vitus Dance and Melancholy Mood, Silver reverts back to his early trio days with confidence and imagination. 

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.

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