Hard Bop Pioneer Horace Silver Has Died

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.19.14 in News

Blue Note has confirmed the death of Horace Silver, the jazz pianist, composer and bandleader best known for hard bop standards like “Filthy McNasty,” “Sister Sadie” and “The Preacher.” Silver’s popular “Song For My Father” piece also propelled the opening stretch of the Steely Dan single “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” helping to make it the group’s highest charting hit. He passed away in his New Rochelle home yesterday at the age of 85.

“When I wrote them,” Silver said of his biggest songs in an All About Jazz interview, “I would say to myself that I hope these at least withstand the test of time. I hope they don’t sound old in 10 years or something.”

As for his relationship with Blue Note, Silver cut more than 20 records for the legendary jazz label between 1955 and 1980, including four albums that landed on its contentious 75th anniversary list earlier this year. Here is an extended performance of “Song For My Father” from 1968…