Monday, March 10, 2014

Writing Music: Horace Silver and Filthy McNasty

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

Horace Silver (piano player, composer) had a wry sense of humor. Hence the title from one of my favorite tracks... Filthy McNasty. Although smack in the middle of the hard bop years, Silver's sound was a precursor to the 70s funk movement.

Filthy McNasty is the opening track off of a live album Doin' the Thing, recorded in May 1961 over two nights at the infamous Village Gate on Bleecker Street in NYC's West Village. Silver's line-up was a powerful quintet anchored by Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, Roy Brooks, and Gene Taylor.

I made a playlist of the entire album...

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