Blue Note Records has announced the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, a continuation of the label’s acclaimed Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series which was launched in celebration of Blue Note’s 80th anniversary in 2019. The Classic Series will once again feature all-analog 180g vinyl pressings in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal in Germany.
A decade into his recording career, pianist Horace Silver made the album that would endure as the crown jewel of a catalogue that boasts numerous hard bop classics. Song For My Father captured the transition of his quintet with two tracks taken from an October 1963 session with Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, Gene Taylor, and Roy Brooks.
A year later Silver entered Val Gelder Studio again with a new band featuring Carmell Jones, Joe Henderson, Teddy Smith, and Roger Humphries for a session that yielded four more cuts including what would become his signature tune, “Song for My Father,” a dedication to his father that was inspired by both his Cape Verdean heritage and the music Silver had heard on a recent trip to Brazil.
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
Track Listing: Side A 1. Song For My Father 2. The Natives Are Restless Tonight 3. Calcutta Cutie