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Horace Silver, 85, Master of Earthy Jazz, Is Dead

Mr. Silver, a pianist, composer and bandleader, wrote and performed music that was both sophisticated and accessible. Horace Silver was born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, September 2, 1928 and died June 18, 2014. An American jazz pianist and composer. Silver known for his distinctively humorous and funky playing style and for his pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop. He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre. Wikipedia