The Jody Grind (Horace Silver)

In Bio, The Jody Grind on April 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Silver’s bands, like Art Blakey’s, served — and is still serving — as one of the great training grounds for young jazz musicians in the ’60s. “The Jody Grind” features a youthful Woody Shaw joining his brash trumpet sound with the fiery James Spaulding on alto and flute and the forgotten (unfortunately) Tyrone Washington, who contributes a hard-edged tenor. Silver, as usual, composed all the tunes, and nearly all of them are memorable.

Silver is a master at stripping melodies and rhythms down to their essentials. But that doesn’t mean that his tunes are simplistic. For example, the great “Mexican Hat Dance,” as the title suggests, cooks up a spicy Latin beat that is very hummable. After you listen to it a few times, though, you realize that the infectious melody is composed of some tricky twists and turns that the horn players negotiate flawlessly.

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