Horace Parlan – Up & Down (Full Album)

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Up & Down is an album by American jazz pianist Horace Parlan featuring performances recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label.

“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/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“The Book’s Beat” (Booker Ervin) – 9:50
“Up and Down” (Horace Parlan) – 6:11
“Fugee” (George Tucker) – 7:04
“The Other Part of Town” (Grant Green) – 11:40
“Lonely One” (Babs Gonzales) – 4:06
“Light Blue” (Tommy Turrentine) – 6:03
“Fugee” [alternate take] (Tucker) – 7:01 Bonus track on CD reissue


Horace Parlan – piano
Booker Ervin – tenor saxophone
Grant Green – guitar
George Tucker – bass
Al Harewood – drums


Released: 1961
Recorded: June 18, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Label: Blue Note
BST 84082
Producer: Alfred Lion