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Monday Morning

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Grady Harp Hall of Fame Top 50

From the superb Promo sheet from Kari-On Productions we learn the following: `Herb Silverstein is a Medical Doctor, a renowned ear surgeon, inventor, author and philanthropist. Founder of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation, Silverstein is also an avid snow skier, athlete and jazz artist. In the early 1980s, one of Herb's sons introduced him to a recording of Chick Corea. This began a long love affair with jazz music. Herb began learning jazz piano and jazz improv with Richard Drexler and playing this music with friends and colleagues... and in 1985, he began writing songs. His keen and analytical mind grasped the chord changes and patterns necessary to make music, but his creative heart and soul carried that knowledge to create remarkable and memorable melodies. Fast forward to 2013/2014 and Herb Silverstein has penned over 50 tunes and created 12 albums of music and 1 concert DVD, he additionally wrote a book entitled Jazz Harmony and Improvisation with Richard Drexler which contained 38 original tunes by Silverstein and 12 original tunes by Drexler.'

Trained in classical piano, Herb Silverstein did not jump into the jive of jazz until later in life, but the leap was a solid one - especially for us, the audience. Refreshing melodies and forms that reveal the different moods of this well-known ear surgeon/composer are evident on this his 12th album. The ensemble gathered here - Herb Silverstein, piano, Marty Morell, drums, Jeff Rupert, tenor sax, Richard Drexler, bass, and LaRue Nickelson, guitar.

Solid jazz from a master surrounded by a coterie of the finest musicians around. And the doc still practices medicine, too!

 

Monday Morning

5.0 out of 5 stars
Daniel Witter, KAMP Radio, Tuscon, AZ

This is some old-time jazz, to be sure. They seemed such classics that I had a hard time believing that these were, in fact, “10 Original Tunes” as Herb claims, but they do seem to be. Herb Silverstein and his accompanying musicians capture a classic jazz combo sound for our eagerly-waiting ears. Some fancy sax sections accompany just about every song, and they’re all very on-point, allowing guitar and saxophone to alternate leadership of the gang. A fairly relaxing album, this will be a good choice for any jazz fan, though it doesn’t do anything particularly crazy, nor do the musicians get wild (aside from the solos), but they don’t have to. Kick back and allow yourself to be carried away on Herb’s musical tide. Some are faster, some are slower, but all are good. Sounds Like: Scott Jeppesen, Herbie Hancock, Recommended Tracks: 1 Zorro: the masked man himself kicks it off with a fairly hoppin’ track, good for a casual evening [5 stars], 7 Walk in the Park: actually sounds good for a walk in the park, low-key and soothing [4 stars]
~Daniel Witter, KAMP Radio, Tuscon, AZ.

 

Monday Morning


Lance

Herb Silverstein (pno); Jeff Rupert (ten); LaRue Nickelson (gtr); Richard Drexler (bs); Marty Morell (dms). This is my first encounter with Herb Silverstein which is surprising as, apart from being a jazz pianist he is also, the blurb tells me, a doctor, ear surgeon, inventor, author and philanthropist. Founder of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation, Silverstein is also an avid skier and athlete - when, one wonders, did he ever find time to practice! That he did is evident in this delightful album of original compositions expertly interpreted by his sidekicks. Possibly Mingus, Shelly Manne, Bill Evans, early Miles and maybe a few others passed through his mind as he composed but if they did it was ephemeral - just enough to plant a few seeds! Silverstein is a delicate pianist who swings in the most delightful way - his chord voicings are exquisite. On tenor, Rupert brings to mind say, Richie Kamuka or Zoot whilst Nickelson has the Jim Hall, Herb, Barney feel to his playing. Drexler's bass on the quirky Hungarian Waltz in A Minor reminds us of his impressive pedigree. Too vast to list here. I'm not going to suggest this will be a CD of the Year but it will most likely be one I'll still be playing next December when many other discs by better known artists have been filed under Oblivion. Herb Silverstein - Monday Morning.

 

Monday Morning


by Chris Spector

HERB SILVERSTEIN/Monday Morning 10 Original Tunes: A Florida ear doctor gets turned on to jazz by his kid and something clicks making him want to follow in fellow piano playing jazzbo doctor, Denny Zeitlin's footsteps. Does he have the ear for it? Had to say it. Since Silverstein's inspiration was Chick Corea, it's not surprising he leans toward fusion. Since he has an analytic mind, it's not surprising he can calculate this in a different way than the average jazzbo and come out with on the money results. A bright, upbeat set, this is a perfect antidote to bizjazz taking fusion back to the core that made it so exciting in the first place.
 

Monday Morning


by Robert Nicosia

Herb Silverstein is a renowned ear surgeon, inventor, author and Philanthropist. These are impressive talents to be on anyone's resume but what impressed me and caused me to post this blog was Herb's talented ability to write fresh and wonderful music. Herb has written 10 original songs for his latest CD, "Monday Morning", and these songs have such strong structure and melody that I had to share this information with my readers. "Monday Morning" according to Herb is "a melange of leftover weekends, of fresh beginnings, of creating jump starts to the perpetual motion of life". This is a Jazz album that is new, easy to listen to, memorable and will make you want to play this CD again and again. Herb Silverstein, in addition to having a wonderful ability to write great Jazz music also plays top-notch piano. He is supported on the CD by four wonderful and experienced players. I am sure any one of them would an outstanding performer on their own CDs. Jeff Rupert was on Tenor Saxophone and provided a wonderful classic Tenor sound and imagination. His credits include dates with Diane Schuur, Mel Torme, Benny Carter and Maynard Ferguson. Larue Nickelson provided excellent work on Guitar. Richard Drexler was on Bass and Marty Morell was on Drums providing a strong foundation for the group and the songs on this CD. This CD was released on January 14, 2014 and should be added to any Jazz buff's collection.
 

Monday Morning


by Ken Frankling

Sarasota-based ear surgeon Herb Silverstein is also a jazz pianist and composer. His latest CD, Monday Morning,consists of 10 original tunes. His quintet here includes saxophonist Jeff Rupert, guitarist LaRue Nickelson, bassist Richard Drexler and ex-Bill Evans drummer Marty Morell, all of whom are longstanding Florida jazz players and educators. All work here in service to the melody, which is the heart of Silverstein’s fine music. This CD also showcases Nickelson’s swinging and inventive guitar improvisations. Favorite tracks: “Zorro,” ”You’re Almost Right” (a lovely Silverstein-Drexler duet), “Chilly Summer,” the title track, and the sprightly and pleasing “Wish You Were Here.” Also dig the Silverstein-Rupert interplay on the ballad “Just Alone.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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