Jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver dies at 85

June 19, 2014 8:23 AM

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Silver died of natural causes at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Known for his combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds, Silver pioneered the genre of hard bop. Hard bop utilizes the rhythmic and harmonic principles of bebop and combines them with gospel, blues and R&B influences.

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