As a player, Silver transitioned from bebop to hard bop by stressing melody rather than complex harmony, and combined clean and often humorous right-hand lines with darker notes and chords in a near-perpetual left-hand rumble. His compositions similarly emphasized catchy melodies, but often also contained dissonant harmonies. Many of his varied repertoire of songs, including " Doodlin' ", " Peace ", and " Sister Sadie ", became jazz standards that are still widely played. His considerable legacy encompasses his influence on other pianists and composers, and the development of young jazz talents who appeared in his bands over the course of four decades.
Silver was born on September 2, , in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Silver began playing the piano in his childhood and had classical music lessons. Silver graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School in Silver's break came in , when his trio backed saxophonist Stan Getz at a club in Hartford: Getz liked Silver's band and recruited them to tour with him. Silver was also busy recording as a sideman.
In New York, Silver and Blakey co-founded the Jazz Messengers , a cooperatively-run group that initially recorded under various leaders and names. Silver's final recordings with the Jazz Messengers were in May He crouched over the piano as the sweat poured out, with his forelock brushing the keys and his feet pounding. After more than a dozen sideman recording sessions in and a similar number in —57, Silver's appearance on Sonny Rollins, Vol.
Their first album was Finger Poppin' , in Around this time, Silver composed music for a television commercial for the drink Tab. At the end of , Silver broke up his regular band, to concentrate on composing and to spend more time with his wife.
Silver included lyrics in more of his compositions at this point, although these were sometimes regarded as doggerel or proselytizing. Silver reformed a touring band in In , he recorded Silver 'n Brass , the first of five Silver 'n albums, which had other instruments added to the quintet. The first Silveto release was Guides to Growing Up in , which contained recitations from actor and comedian Bill Cosby.
Rockin' with Rachmaninoff , a musical work featuring dancers and narration, written by Silver and choreographed and directed by Donald McKayle , was staged in Los Angeles in Silver performed in public for the first time in four years in , appearing with an octet at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. In , it was revealed that Silver had Alzheimer's disease. Silver's early recordings displayed "a crisp, chipper but slightly wayward style, idiosyncratic enough to take him out of the increasingly stratified realms of bebop".
Early in his career, Silver composed contrafacts and blues-based melodies including " Doodlin' " and " Opus de Funk ". Silver himself commented that inspiration came from multiple sources: "I'm inspired by nature and by some of the people I meet and some of the events that take place in my life. I'm inspired by my mentors.
I'm inspired by various religious doctrines. Others I get from just doodlin' around on the piano". I play the melody with my right hand and then harmonize it with my left. I put it down on my tape recorder, and then I work on getting a bridge or eightbar release for the tune.
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Silver was among the most influential jazz musicians of his lifetime. Silver was also an influence as a pianist: his first Blue Note recording as leader "redefined the jazz piano, which up until then was largely modeled on the dexterity and relentless attack of Bud Powell", in Myers' words. Silver's legacy as a composer may be greater than as a pianist, because his works, many of which are jazz standards , continue to be performed and recorded worldwide. Wilson : for a long time, jazz musicians had written contrafacts of great technical complexity, but "Silver wrote originals that were not only actually original but memorably melodic, presaging a gradual return to melodic creativity among writing jazzmen.
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