Sunday, March 26, 2017

Horace Parlan - Up And Down

By adding guitarist Grant Green and tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin to his standard rhythm section of bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood, pianist Horace Parlan opens up his sound and brings it closer to soul-jazz on Up and Down. Green's clean, graceful style meshes well with Parlan's relaxed technique, while Ervin's robust tone and virile attack provides a good contrast to the laid-back groove the rhythm section lays down. Stylistically, the music is balanced between hard bop and soul-jazz, which are tied together by the bluesy tint in the three soloists' playing. All of the six original compositions give the band room to stretch out and to not only show off their chops, but move the music somewhat away from generic conventions and find new territory. In other words, it finds Parlan at a peak, and in many ways, coming into his own as a pianist and a leader.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Horace Parlan
Up And Down


1 The Book's Beat (Ervin)  9:46
2 Up and Down (Parlan)  6:07
3 Fugee (Tucker)  7:02
4 The Other Part of Town (Green)  11:38
5 Lonely One (Gonzales)  4:03
6 Light Blue (Turrentine)  6:00
7 Fugee [alt. take] (Tucker)  7:00*

* bonus track
not part of original album


Horace Parlan - p
Booker Ervin - ts
Grant Green - g
George Tucker - b
Al Harewood - dr

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; June 18, 1961


Otis Foster said...

Sound Upgrade - thanks Mel

neil said...

Especially with the alternate take of Fugee.
Many thanks, Mel...

Foth said...

Thanks...another classic.

Melanchthon said...

musician3 said...

Great..................Thank You

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel. Horace Parlan's passed away very recently. I discovered him years ago while he was playing with Doug Raney. Great pianist with something very special, as often with Mingus former collaborators.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

I like Parlan very much. Don't need this one but he is alwyas worth listening to.

Jazz Padd said...

This is such a priceless education in classic jazz. Thank you!

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks for the backup!!

Rev. bIGhIG said...

Thanks, amigo.
Always a great site.

Starchild said...

I enjoy your site very much. Many thanks Mel!

- EF - said...

Impossible for me to open those files... could you reup these ones in .zip or .rar ? .7z doens't seem to be regognize by my computer... many thanks in advance !