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Up And Down (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (9 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B001O12TIU
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Horace Parlan(b. 1931) overcame a disability to his right hand as a result of childhood polio to become an excellent jazz pianist playing with Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk and Archie Shepp.
This excellent album was recorded in New Jersey on June 18, 1961 with Parlan(piano); Booker Ervin(tenor sax); Grant Green(guitar); George Tucker(bass) & Al Harewood(drums).
The seven varied tracks(including an alternative take) feature originals by Ervin, Parlan, Tucker, Green, Babs Gonzales & Tommy Turrentine.
Highlights include Ervin's 'The Book's Beat', Tucker's 'Fugee'(master take), Gonzales' 'Lonely One', Turrentine's 'Light Blue' & Parlan's title-track.
All in all, this RVG Edition of 'Up & Down' is a fine introduction to Horace Parlan and should be enjoyed by fans of soulful and bluesy hard bop.
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Up and Down by the Horace Parlan band is a typical Blue Note blowing session, Hard Bop, Blues, Gospel influenced modern jazz.Horace first came to my attention when he was with Charles Mingus in 1958 on Mingus's Ah Um album. Horace's style at this time was very bluesy,with mainly short runs of notes, then pauses then more runs then chords ( difficult to explain) but very efective and together with George Tucker(bass) and Al Harewood(dms) provide a very propulsive rhythm section.Booker Ervin(ten)and Grant Green(gtr) provide the front line. Six tunes mainly written by members of the band(one alternate take) make up 50mins of exciting jazz with plenty of solos all round. Booker's hard tone style takes no prisoners and relief is found in Grants' guitar outings and Horaces' piano solos, all of which I find just great. One tune Lonely One written by Bop singer Babs Gonzales for Lady Day (never released) is a nice balade which makes a change. Dont hesitate buy it soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything's Up on "Up & Down" 12 Feb. 2009
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
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Horace Parlan's "Up & Down" is a most welcome addition to the RVG Series. Over the past twenty years, only three of Parlan's seven Blue Note albums were even issued in the States, with all of them currently out of print. (Thankfully they were all collected on a Mosaic set.) As a result, you may not have any CDs by Horace Parlan as a leader, but you might be surprised by the sessions he appeared on as a sideman. In the late 1950s, Parlan was a mainstay in the band of Charles Mingus, appearing on the classic Atlantic album "Blues & Roots" and Columbia's "Mingus Ah Um." On Blue Note, the great rhythm trio of Parlan, bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood was the foundation for many classic dates of the early 1960s -- Dexter Gordon's Doin' Allright, Lou Donaldson's "Midnight Sun" and several Stanley Turrentine recordings, including Look Out, "Comin' Your Way" and "Up At Minton's." This June 18, 1961 session, Parlan's sixth for the label, added tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin and guitarist Grant Green to that trio to great effect. On "Up & Down," the pianist continues to showcase the funky hard bop grooves of earlier efforts, but the solos stretch out here in a more modern direction, led by the contributions of Ervin and Green. Look no further than Ervin's solo on "The Book's Beat" or Green and Parlan's solos on the blues "The Other Part of Town" as examples, though my favorite track has to be the forward thinking "Fugee." You can see why when Parlan returned one final time to the studio for Blue Note in 1963 (for the session known both as "Happy Frame of Mind" and "Back to the Gig"), the only players he brought back were Ervin and Green. It's too bad these three weren't able to cut as many dates as the Turrentine/Parlan groups were, but that's the "Up & Down" of the jazz life -- at least we've got this one to enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is My Music 10 Aug. 2011
By jazz lover since 1960 - Published on
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I hesitated to get this recording because Parlan's "Happy Frame of Mind" was usually considered the better of Horace's recordings with Booker Ervin and Grant Green. I shouldn't have hesitated, because this is the "real deal." It is a delightful recording for lovers of hard bop. It has everything: Booker Ervin blowing the finest tenor solos available in 1961. Sure, Coltrane is "god", but there are other tenor players who have something to give, and Booker is my nomination for the most neglected tenor giant of that era.
You also get Grant Green in the early stages of his career. But heck, he made other great recordings as "Grantstand" and his recordings with Sonny Clark in this year of 1961. Yes, he may have matured a couple of years later, but he hardly sounds immature here. In fact ,he sounds great.
Then you get Horace's wonderful ,soulful piano contributions.
Of the personnel on this recording, you may not be familiar with Al Harewood, on drums. If not, be prepared for a swinging treat. Al's drumming reminds me a little of the drumming of the great Philly Joe Jones. But that is just me. Anyway, whoever he reminds you of, enjoy Al's crisp swinging.
I judge the worth of the bass player, George Tucker by an unusual standard: he was picked by Charles Mingus to substitute for Mingus on a couple of recordings that Mingus made in the early 1960's. You see, Mingus played piano on some of his recordings. Therefore, he needed a bass player to sit in. And when he picked George Tucker, I paid attention. I hear alot of Mingus' firm fingering of the bass strings in George's playing. Good choice, Mingus.
If you are a hard bop junkie from the era that produced the best of hard bop, get this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Ellington would say: it's beyond category 11 May 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on
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Listening to the album as I write this I cannot truly define the music. It's sort of jazz, but also has a heavy jump blues influence. And you can certainly hear echos of Charles Mingus, which makes sense because both Parlan and Booker Ervin were together on Mingus' ground breaking album titled Ah Um, and a similar Mingus album titled Blues & Roots. Perhaps it's that influence that defies my classifying the music in the album.

Give the sound samples on this page a listen to get a flavor of what it contains. Your ears will hear things that words cannot convey. I will say that if you like the two Mingus albums cited above, or like the transitional jazz genres of the early 1960s that started incorporating R&B or funk without compromising the jazz base, then you will probably love this album.

For the jazz historians among us (me included) this was recorded in Rudy van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs studio on June 18, 1961, and released as Blue Note BST 84082 later that year. Note that the first six tracks were on the original album - track 7 is an alternate take of Fugee that was included when this album was reissued.

Personnel are Parlan and Ervin on piano and tenor sax respectively, backed by a rhythm section comprised of Grant Green on guitar, George Tucker on bass and Al Harewood on drums.

I hope you enjoy the album as much as I. It's still playing in the background!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz from the 1960s at its Best 24 Nov. 2012
By Karl L. Eggert - Published on
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This is a wonderful recording. Horace Parlan is throughout Horace Parlan - one of the most accomplished blues pianists of the Jazz's post-bebop era. Add tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin to the mix, a player whose blues sensibility is equal to Parlan's, and you have a session whose roots run deep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This record honks 20 Jan. 2014
By Thomas Ball - Published on
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Horace and Co. swing hard on this fine release. IMHO, any recording with Booker Ervin on it is a good one. Grant Green has a spectacular outing here also..Just buy it-you won't be disappointed..
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