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Album Feature: “Blowin’ The Blues Away”

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This album not only exemplified the power the blues has on Jazz but also opened the doors nice and wide to an endless flourishing future of improvisation for Hard Bop. This Horace Silver album, “Blowin’ the Blues Away” was very advanced considering its date of released, 1959. It’s a fast moving and energetic album. Find out when it will be airing on the Schedule link.

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Besides the wildly popular SONG FOR MY FATHER, the second most acclaimed Horace Silver disc is the endlessly enjoyable BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY. This 1959 Blue Note date features the pianist in full stride with a quintet that includes trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Junior Cook, two fellow proponents of funky hard bop. The gospel and R&B influence in Silver’s approach is evident as finger-snapping grooves support bouncing melodies that bubble and pop with every chorus. As the title suggests, this music is a celebratory fanfare that washes away the hardships of everyday life.

The explosive title track opens the session with a bang as the group burns through the changes with tight precision and plenty of spirit. The jazzier “The St. Vitus Dance” is a swinging trio cut with hints of an Ellington influence among the bopping lines of Silver’s solo. The most well known tunes here are the lush ballad “Peace,” featuring outstanding work by Mitchell, and the classic “Sister Sadie,” one of the most recorded Silver compositions in the jazz repertoire. Other highlights of this exemplary session are the bebop-flavored “Break City” and the aptly titled ballad “Melancholy Mood.”…..Learn More

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