“Song for My Father” was recorded in October 1964 and released on the Blue Note label. The album was inspired by a trip that Silver had made to Brazil.
The cover artwork features a photograph of Silver’s father, John Tavares Silva, to whom the title song was dedicated.
“My mother was of Irish and Negro descent, my father of Portuguese origin”, Silver recalls in the liner notes, “He was born on the island of Maio, one of the Cape Verde Islands.”
The album line-up differs from the Copenhagen musicians here.
Horace Silver – piano
Bennie Maupin – tenor sax.
Bill Hardman – trumpet
Johnny Williams – bass
Billy Cobham – drums
Recorded live in Copenhagen, Denmark, April 1968.