|Song for My Father|
|Studio album by|
|Released||End of January 1965|
|Recorded||October 31, 1963; January 28 and October 26, 1964|
|Studio||Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs|
|Length||42:12 original LP|
|The Horace Silver Quintet chronology|
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz|||
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Song for My Father is a 1965 album by the Horace Silver Quintet, released on the Blue Note label in 1965. The album was inspired by a trip that Silver had made to Brazil. The cover artwork features a photograph of Silver's father, John Tavares Silver, to whom the title song was dedicated. "My mother was of Irish and Negro descent, my father of Portuguese origin," Silver recalls in the liner notes: "He was born on the island of Maio, one of the Cape Verde Islands."
The composition "Song for My Father" is probably Silver's best known. As described in the liner notes, this album features the leader's quintet in transition as it features a mix of tracks featuring his old group and his new line-up after Blue Mitchell had left.
Allmusic reviewer Steve Huey praised the album:
One of Blue Note's greatest mainstream hard bop dates, Song for My Father is Horace Silver's signature LP and the peak of a discography already studded with classics...it hangs together remarkably well, and Silver's writing is at his tightest and catchiest.
All compositions by Horace Silver, except where noted.
Bonus tracks on CD reissue:
Recorded on October 31, 1963 (#3, 6, 7, 8); January 28, 1964 (#9-10); October 26, 1964 (#1, 2, 4, 5).
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5
Tracks 3, 7, 9, 10
Tracks 6, 8