Saxophonist Gary Foster sent a link to video from a Facebook post of a seldom seen or heard performance by Horace Silver (pictured). At the 1964 Antibes Jazz Festival in Juan les Pins, France, Silver played a new composition with the latest edition of his quintet. The band was Silver, piano; Carmell Jones, trumpet; Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone; Teddy Smith, bass; and Roger Humphries, drums. The piece was “Pretty Eyes.” This is a rare instance of Jones’s work with Silver.
The next year, Silver recorded “Pretty Eyes” in his Cape Verdean Blues album with Woody Shaw replacing Carmell Jones. It has since become one of the Silver compositions most frequently played by musicians around the world.