The titles of the first two songs 'Psychedelic Sally' and 'Serenade to a Soul Sister' may have lumped Silver in with the times during which this album was recorded, but their sound is not remotely affected by that era's encroaching trends; be it 1958, 1968, 1978, or 1998, Horace Silver's music is a solid rock of acoustic, melodic consistency. Those above mentioned cuts make for enjoyable listening in their somewhat customary upbeat catchiness, but the gems of Serenade are the two in the middle, 'Rain Dance' - which features brief segues of one of the most sumptuous brass lines known to man - and 'Jungle Juice'. The latter is a revelation, a sizzling, staccatoed template which seems to maximize the creativity of the musicians involved: a piece of music that truly sounds like none other. 'Kindred Spirits', a subdued, elaborate song, lends a contemplative air to the album, which winds down with 'Next Time I Fall In Love', an original which sounds like a standard. Perhaps we all have a deity or two to thank for the decision (be it Silver's or Blue Note's) not to mar the music with the atrocious lyrics which were intended for them, confining them to print with the liner notes. Wisely left to speak for itself, Serenade To A Soul Sister can hold its own with any of Silver's recordings.
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