Horace-Scope (1960) Horace Silver. Great customer review - "This 2006 reissue appears to be passing beneath the radar screen of many listeners, even though I doubt there's another Horace Silver album with a more infectious, irresistible "grabber." Without so much as a pick-up note, the first measure of the first tune thrusts you into as groovin' a tune as Silver ever wrote: "Strollin'." Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook are exceptionally tight on the ensemble passages while complementing one another with their strikingly different solo styles, Mitchell's lyrical lines and smooth, rich sound contrasting with Cook's scorching probes and vibratoless, brambly-edged tone. Thanks to Roy Brooks (what an underrated drummer!), this session swings as much as Horace's early dates with Blakey. At the same time, the faster, more perfunctory version of "Nica's Dream" on this Blue Note session is a reminder that, though a 5-star Silver offering, "Horace-Scope" is no "The Jazz Messengers," the eponymous 1956 Columbia date that not only features a deeper, more evocative "Nica's Dream" but represents Silver, Mobley, Byrd, Watkins, Blakey and company at arguably their collective, creative best."
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