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Actually it is deadline, the calendar is ready for printing, when this sad news reaches us.The pianist Horace Silver died on June 18 at the age of 85 in his hometown New York. And again goes one who had a decisive influence on the development of jazz. One who had expression and provoked. It was probably an encounter with pianist Art Tatum that had a decisive influence on Silver's playing: "Either I stop being a professional pianist or I do something of my own." Henceforth, one recognized "a Silver" in the second measure. With the Jazz Messengers he founded (together with Art Blakey) the hard bop band par excellence, opening the door to gospel and blues, later on "slowed down" he "slowed down" bop to more relaxed soul jazz. Most influential in style was his funky playing in the '50s, at a time when the word funk still had a grungy image. He brought lightness and physicality back into jazz, and later many of his chords were used for various hip-hop styles.Later, many of his chords were sampled for various hip-hop tracks. With the Blue Note label and its co-founder and producer Alfred Lion, Silver found partners who marketed his sound excellently. His artful covers are also legendary, because Silver knew only too well that a record is more than just the music. To this day, he is considered one of the most successful Blue Note artists. His discography is bursting with jazz hits ("The Preacher," "Quicksilver," "Jungle Juice," "Song For My Father"), songs that were even found in American jukeboxes. His bands were startups for countless upcoming jazz stars, especially wind players (Donald Byrd, Kenny Dorham, Clifford Jordan, Randy and Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson and many more). We bow to the true "Godfather of Funk", whose playing concept helped jazz gain new popularity by turning whole generations into snappers and head-nodders. R.I.P. Horace Silver!
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