Monday, January 11, 2010

Horace PARLAN – Movin & Groovin’ 1960

Horace PARLAN – Movin & Groovin’ 1960


Horace Parlan’s debut album for Blue Note, Movin’ and Groovin’, is a thoroughly impressive affair, establishing Parlan as a distinctive hard bop stylist. Working with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Al Harewood, Parlan steals the show, playing hard-driving, bluesy bop and lyrical ballads. If it weren’t for the inventive chord voicings and percussive right-hand attack, it would be impossible to tell that he was missing two fingers on his right hand, since his playing is remarkably agile and fluid. Parlan sounds vital on swinging blues, slow ballads, and straight-ahead bop, and Jones and Harewood provide appropriately empathetic support on this collection of standards, blues, bop, jazz, and originals. Everything swings, no matter the tempo, and the end result is a fine debut from a distinctive pianist.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG.
Horace Parlan- (Piano)
Sam Jones- (Bass)
Al Harewood- (Drums)
A1. C Jam Blues  
A2. On Green Dolphin Street  
A3. Up In Cynthia's Room  
A4. Lady Bird  
B1. Bag's Groove  
B2. Stella By Starlight  
B3. There Is No Greater Love  
B4. It Could Happen To You

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