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'Serenade for Horace' Louis Hayes

Louis Hayes
Aug 17, 2017 Updated Aug 22, 2017

Drummer Louis Hayes' latest recording pays tribute to his friend, mentor and jazz icon - Horace Silver.

This week's feature album comes from US drummer Louis Hayes. He's just turned 80, and yet has managed to put together a new tribute to the great hard-bop composer Horace Silver. It was, in fact, because of Horace Silver that Louis Hayes moved to New York (as a teenager) from his home town of Detroit in 1956 - a decision that changed his career, as Hayes went on work with the likes of Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane and Curtis Fuller.

For this project, Hayes has enlisted the help of Steve Nelson (vibraphone), Josh Evans (trumpet), David Bryant (piano), Abraham Burton (tenor sax) and Dezron Douglas (bass). Singer Gregory Porter also joins the band on arguably one of Silver's most recognised tunes - 'Song For My Father.'

Tracks in this feature

1. 'Ecaroh'
2. 'Señor Blues'
3. 'Song For My Father' (feat. Gregory Porter)
4. 'Hastings Street' (L. Hayes)
5. 'Strollin'
6. 'Juicy Lucy'
7. 'Silver’s Serenade'
8. 'Lonely Woman'
9. 'Summer in Central Park'
10. 'St. Vitus Dance'
11. 'Room 608'

All compositions by Horace Silver (except where indicated)

CD: Serenade for Horace by Louis Hayes (Blue Note Records 00602557617825); Audio available for 1 month after initial feature broadcast.
Image: Louis Hayes' Website

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On Aug 23, 2017. 9:13pm
Christopher Lynch said

How wonderful to know that this phenomenal drumming legend is still around and contributing. (His official website is most interesting furthermore.)
Speaking of drummers - I realise this is a digression Dear Moderator - I was enthralled hearing/seeing a quirky Scandinavian drummer, Jon Falt, performing with pianist Bobo Stenson's trio in a lovely Youtube clip, "Live in the Forest, 2009". Beautifully photographed in nature's world. Warms the heart at least during our bleak wintry nights! Recommended.
Great drummers drive great bands and Mr Hayes has done so admirably for decades. (I still have one of his vinyl outings working alongside the incredible Oscar Peterson.) May he keep on keeping on.
Christopher Lynch

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