Jazz musician Horace Silver. Photo by Dimitri Savitski
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Jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver, a pioneer in the development of hard bop in the 1950s, died on Wednesday, Blue Note records said.He started off playing tenor saxophone, but later adopted the piano, toured with sax man Stan Getz and settled in New York, where he began a 25-year relationship with Blue Note records.His first album, with his Jazz Messengers combo, is regarded as a milestone in the development of hard bop, which drew inspiration from rhythm and blues, gospel and blues.
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