Published: Thursday June 19, 2014 MYT 6:15:00 PM
Updated: Thursday June 19, 2014 MYT 7:31:56 PM

Jazz pioneer Horace Silver dies at 85

The legendary Blue Note musician is known for many classic tunes, including Song For My Father.

Jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver, a pioneer in the development of hard bop in the 1950s, has passed away, Blue Note records said.

“Horace passed away this morning (June 18) at 85 years of age,” the famed jazz label said in a statement, while NPR public radio – quoting Silver’s son – said he passed away due to natural causes.

Born in Connecticut as Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva into a family with roots in Cape Verde, Silver was influenced at an early age by folk music from the Portuguese-speaking islands off West Africa.

He started off playing tenor saxophone, but later adopted the piano, toured with sax man Stan Getz and settled in New York, where he began a 25-year relationship with Blue Note records.

His first album, with his Jazz Messengers combo, is regarded as a milestone in the development of hard bop, which drew inspiration from rhythm and blues, gospel and blues.

“Silver’s piano style – terse, imaginative, and utterly funky – became a model for subsequent mainstream pianists to emulate,” said Blue Note in a profile of the artiste on its website.

His many classic songs include Doodlin’, Senor Blues, Sister Sadie, Peace and Song For My Father. — AFP Relaxnews

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