1. Acid, Pot Or Pills
2. What Kind Of Animal Am I?
3. Won’t You Open Up Your Senses
4. I’ve Had A Little Talk
5. Soul Searchin’
6. Big Business
7. I’m Aware Of The Animal Within Me
8. Old Mother Nature Calls
9. Total Response
Horace Silver – Total Response CD (Soul Brother)
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Horace Silver is a name that is synonymous with Blue Note, the Jazz Messengers and Hard Bop. Silver s debut as leader for the iconic label commenced in 1955 with Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers and finished in 1979 with the vocal Silver N Strings Plays The Music Of The Spheres. He contributed some of Hard Bop finest compositions during his time at the label and was one of Jazz s most prolific composers.
Songs like Song For My Father , Filthy McNasty , Doodlin , Sister Sadie Tokyo Blues , and Senor Blues are archetypal Silver/ Hard Bop tunes. They helped define an era. Silver s piano playing had a distinctive upbeat approach and his rhythms were designed with dancing feet in mind. The popularity of Silver s music endures to this day in part to this inherent optimism. Silver makes Jazz sound fun. Even the non-political Silver was influenced by the search for the spiritual and by the rise of the civil rights movement.
This influence emerged on That Healin Feelin and continued here on Total Response . This, the second volume in the trilogy was laid down in two sessions recorded on November 15 1970 and January 29 1971. The same band provided backing for both sessions with Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and Harold Vick on tenor sax. From Silver’s regular band Mickey Roker (drums) and Bob Cranshaw (bass) provide solid support, whilst the addition of guitarist Richie Resnicoff adds a different slant.
Like That Healin Feelin , and the third volume All , Total Response was given little quarter by the Jazz critics. It has become however the most in-demand (on vinyl) of the three. The United States Of Mind trilogy sold poorly at the time falling between two stools not Bop enough for Horace Silver s traditional fans and not angry or muscular enough for those who revered the Strata East or Tribe labels in the early seventies.
That Healin Feelin and Total Response were not fully appreciated until they gained popularity in the London Jazz scene of the late eighties and early nineties. Listening to them forty years on, this music should be enjoyed and experienced for its own value and not for what it is not or never intended to be. We are delighted to present Total Response on CD remastered from the Original masters and presented with the Original Artwork for the first time, in our classic albums series (Malcolm Prangell 2012)