Silver, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, was shaped by the
Portuguese influence in the islands of Cape Verde, from where
his family emigrated to the United States.
Alongside playing with noted jazz musicians such as bassist
Oscar Pettiford and drummer Art Blakey, Silver, who played piano
and saxophone, recorded exclusively for Blue Note Records over
three decades before founding his own label, Silveto Records.
Silver composed music featuring percussive, hard-driving beats
that was inspired by his philosophy of holistic self-help, jazz
critic Leonard Feather wrote in his "Encyclopedia of Jazz."
His most notable works include "Song For My Father," inspired by
Cape Verdean folk music and gospel-driven "The Preacher." His
work also appeared on a number of Miles Davis' albums, including
NPR said Silver's son Gregory had called it directly with the
news of his death. Attempts to reach Silver's family were
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and
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