“Tunes in the Key of Horace & Bill” will be airing in the pledge drive the first two weeks of September.
These two men of great influence were also a pair of great contrast. Horace was the high energy black guy of “hard bop” and Bill was the laid-back “modal” jazz white guy. They are both nationally recognized in their separate styles.
Horace Silver’s piano & band work brought out the quick- rhythms of “hard bop” to the nation. At the same time Horace could be very fluid in quickly shifting to more romantic phrases. His music came up in the 50′s through Stan Getz, and then on with Horace’s own bands. Try clicking here for a sample of his enduring ”Song for My Father.” Horace released many albums with Blue Note on into their sidelining in the 80′s. Horace passed away this summer at age 85.
Bill, heralded as one of our piano greats played with other greats like Miles Davis. Bill and his cohorts changed the world of jazz in the late 50′s by bringing out “modal” music to the wide audiences. Here
is a sample of their “Kind of Blue” album, a lead example of their new music (and a best-selling album of our times). Bill, with his great artistry also had great personal travail, with only a 25-year career.
The Horace & Bill story will come out Thursday 4 September, and then Sonny Buxton, Kathleen Lawton, Dick Conte and Melanie Berzon will air it again for you on Sunday 13 September.