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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Finger Poppin' with The Horace Silver Quintet

Blue Note BLP 4008 (monaural) (USA) 'Deep groove' version, West 63rd Street on label. Released in 1959

One of my 'desert island' discs, this Horace Silver album came out just about the time I returned home from the Army, aged 20, and was working as a taxi driver.  I had the good fortune of having Horace in my cab as a fare, and found out that his band was playing at Mitchell-Ruff's 'Playback' Club in New Haven, and I was there that night, digging all the tunes heard on the present album, LIVE!   The wonderful line-up at the club, as here, was Horace Silver, piano & leader; Blue Mitchell, trumpet; Junior Cook, tenor saxophone; Eugene Taylor, bass; and Louis Hayes, drums, soon to leave Horace and join the Cannonball Adderley Quintet.  The tunes, all composed by Horace Silver, are: 'Finger Poppin'', 'Juicy Lucy', 'Swingin' The Samba', 'Sweet Stuff', 'Cookin' At The Continental', 'Come On Home' (the latter two covered vocally by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), 'You Happened My Way', and 'Mellow D'.  

This is the very rare deep groove pressing (from the pre-1961 era when Blue Note albums used special dies attached to the pressing machine which held down the stampers for Side A and Side B during manufacturing.  These dies traditionally cut a deep groove into the label during a pressing).

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