Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Horace PARLAN – Headin’ South 1960

Horace PARLAN – Headin’ South 1960


On the surface, Headin' South is another set of bluesy soul-jazz, but it actually finds the Horace Parlan trio stretching out a little. Adding conga player Ray Barretto to his usual rhythm section of bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood, Parlan decides to take chances with his standard-heavy repertoire. "Summertime" features some evocative bowing from Tucker, and the solo sections on "The Song Is Ended," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "My Mother's Eyes" offer probing, intriguing tonal textures that make the selection of Ahmad Jamal's "Jim Loves Sue" understandable. Barretto's "Congalegre" is a fun, Latin-inflected number, and Parlan's "Headin' South" is a strong, swinging blues, but the slow blues "Low Down" is nearly undone by his incessant circular arpeggio, which lasts for over a minute. Still, that's not nearly enough to sink the record, which is another understated but solid effort from Horace Parlan.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG.
George Tucker- (Bass),
Ray Barretto- (Conga),
Horace Parlan- (Piano),
Al Harewood- (Drums).
A1. Headin' South  
A2. Song Is Ended  
A3. Summertime  
A4. Low Down  
B1. Congalegre  
B2. Prelude to a Kiss  
B3. Jim Loves Sue  
B4. My Mother's Eyes

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