Peace

A ballad in C minor from the 1959 recording Blowin’ the Blues Away. It is not what you would normally recognize as a typical Silver composition. The form is also unusual in that it is 10 bars long. Listen to ‘Peace’ on YouTube: Peace Original Recording:   Blowin’ the Blues Away Peace Transcriptions: Peace Transcription  (Horace Silver…

Blue Seven

A Blues in Bb  from Saxophone Colossus , recorded 1956. Finally, “Blue 7” is a blues, over eleven minutes long. Its main, rather disjunct melody was spontaneously composed. The performance is among Rollins’ most acclaimed, and is the subject of an article by Gunther Schuller entitled “Sonny Rollins and the Challenge of Thematic Improvisation”. Schuller…