Who would have thought playing the music of an entire album would be so enjoyable and so difficult??!! The Cape Verdean Blues album is one of my favourite Horace Silver and also one of my favourite Blue Note Albums, great music, great production and great perfromers!! Joe henderson plays an absolute blinding part in this record as did Woody Shaw and J.J. Johnson.
The arrangements and the tunes are great examples of Silver's great musical skills , his ability to write cutting edge, comtemporary and all the while accessible music an ability that sets him apart from many of his peers.
The most difficult tune of the evening was the collaboration between Silver and Henderson "Mo' Joe" but with a few moments of thought we managed to get to the end tenor saxophonist John Mckillup filling the role of Henderson excellently with the addition of a few Brecker-esque licks in there for good measure.
I particularly enjoy the tune "African Queen" a dedication to the late, great Miriam Makeba, one of Silver's ex-girlfriends!, a wonderful piece of music and two great performances from James Lancaster and Zezo Olimpio on the gig!!!
Thanks to Tim and Val down the Phoenix for letting us put on these evenings every first thursday of the Mont. Next Month we perform the music from the album "Horace-Scope".