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Horace Parlan

Horace Parlan overcame physical disability and thrived as a pianist despite it. His right hand was partially disabled by polio in his childhood, but Parlan made frenetic, highly rhythmic right-hand phrases part of his characteristic style, contrasting them with striking left-hand chords. He also infused blues and R&B influences into his style, playing in a stark, sometimes somber fashion. Parlan always cited Ahmad Jamal and Bud Powell as prime influences. He began playing in R&B bands during the '50s, joining Charles Mingus' group from 1957 to 1959 following a move from Pittsburgh to New York. Mingus aided his career enormously, both through his recordings and his influence. Parlan played with Booker Ervin in 1960 and 1961, then in the Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis-Johnny Griffin quintet in 1962. Parlan played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk from 1963 to 1966, and had a strong series of Blue Note recordings in the '60s. He left America for Copenhagen in 1973, and gained international recognition for some stunning albums on SteepleChase, including a pair of superb duet sessions with Archie Shepp. He also recorded with Dexter Gordon, Red Mitchell, Frank Foster, and Michal Urbaniak, and recorded extensively for Enja and Timeless. He died in Denmark in February 2017 at the age of 86. ~ Ron Wynn
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Body And Soul

1. Scrapple From The Apple

2. Vierd Blues

3. Sandu

4. Bag's Groove

5. Body And Sou

6. Confirmation

7. Easy Living

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Track List: Essential Jazz Masters 1960-1961

Disc 1

1. The Lady Is A Tramp

2. C Jam Blues

3. On Green Dolphin Street

4. Stella By Starlight

5. Prelude To A Kiss

6. Lady Bird

7. Speakin' My Piece

8. Come Rain Or Come Shine

9. Summertime

10. Light Blue

11. On The Spur Of The Moment

12. Fugee

13. It Could Happen To You

14. Lonely One

15. Us Three

16. Up And Down

17. Wadin'

18. Up In Cynthia's Room

19. Ray C

20. There Is No Greater Love

21. Bag's Groove

22. Walkin'

23. It's You Or No One

Disc 2

1. Pyramid

2. The Books Beat

3. For Regulars Only

4. Jim Loves Sue

5. I Want To Be Loved

6. Rastus

7. I Was Doing All Right

8. Al's Tune

9. Return Engagement

10. Congalegre

11. And That I Am So In Love

12. Low Down

13. My Mother's Eyes

14. The Song Is Ended

15. Oh So Blue

16. You've Changed

17. Borderline

18. Headin' South

19. Wadin' (Alternate Take)

20. Up In Cynthia's Room (Alternate Take)

21. Skoo Chee

22. The Other Part Of Town

23. Society Red

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Track List: Movin' & Groovin'

1. C Jam Blues

2. On Green Dolphin Street

3. Up In Cynthia's Room

4. Lady Bird

5. Bags Groove

6. Stella By Starlight

7. There Is No Greater Love

8. It Could Happen To You

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Track List: Speakin' My Piece

1. Wadin'

2. Up In Cynthia's Room

3. Borderline

4. Rastus

5. Oh So Blue

6. Speakin' My Piece

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Track List: In Copenhagen

1. Parker's Mood

2. Broken Promises (2008)

3. Two Sleepy People

4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

5. Déjà Vu

6. A Time For Love

7. Three Little Words

8. Blood Count

9. I Waited For You

10. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor

11. Deep River (2008)

12. Pannonica

13. Melancholia

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Track List: Relaxin' With Horace

1. Like Someone In Love

2. Don't Take Your Love From Me

3. Thinking Of You

4. Theme For Ernie

5. For Heavens Sake

6. Everything Happens To Me

7. Love And Peace

8. Everytime We Say Goodbye

9. Blues For HP

10. Nobody Knows You When You Are Down And Out

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Track List: Horace Parlan By Horace Parlan

1. Broken Promises

2. Deep River

3. Party Time

4. Little Esther

5. Norma

6. Arrival

7. Love And Peace

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Track List: Glad I Found You

1. Monday Morning Blues

2. Hip Walk

3. Oblivion

4. Something For Silver

5. Glad I Found You

6. Afternoon In Paris

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Track List: No Blues

1. No Blues

2. My Foolish Heart

3. Have You Met Miss Jones?

4. A Theme For Ahmad

5. Hi-Fly

6. West Of Eden

7. Holy Land

8. Darn That Dream

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Track List: Up And Down (Remastered)

1. The Book's Beat

2. Up And Down

3. Fugee

4. The Other Part Of Town

5. Lonely One

6. Light Blue

7. Fugee (Alternate Take)

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.also gorgeous
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Saw him play at the hagg jazz festival in 89. When he came out on stag, I could tell he had problems with walking and etc, but once he started playing, he blew my mind with his chording and technique. It helped to realize that you can't give up. He was with Dakota Staten and Hand Crawford. I had a front seat. Thought I was in jazz heaven.
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Nice
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penhur6
Love this! Never heard of him...Gotta get it!
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What talent, he is related to me . Knew his mom and pop well aunt Mabel and uncle Horace Pittsburg pa never met little Horace as he wall called . Love his music.
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chap.sherman
Love it
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art4ind
Listen to Beegie Adair also!
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Love this rendition!!! !
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No Blues is a rare classic trio and its one of my favorites!
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now this guy plays!
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Wen I goto bed this kind ov jazz is my lullaby
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I happened upon this guy here on Pandora. Absolutely love his work. Calms me, clears my head and his touch is so, so beautiful!
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very relaxing after a hard day ! every one needs a relaxing moment wth good music
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Could listen to this all day
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Very relaxing and very nice!
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Just beautiful !
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Thnx Horace. I'm going to take more piano lessons
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lakotawmn58
I'm not a Jazz aficionado, but I do have a special place in my heart for great music. Horace gives us this. Thank you.
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Horace Parlan was another product of the great influences of Bud Powell, etal; another member of the great stable at Blue Note. Horace had a beautiful, bluesy touch in his performances . Like so many other great jazz pianists of the same era, he suffered less recognition as a "household name" because of the dominating presence of others, such as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Hank Jones. In reality, he was par with all of the "name" legends of the period, minus a tad of creativity; which is the d

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