Picture of Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

Horace Parlan, who?

Facebook

HoraceParlanArticle2

Horace Parlan is definitely not a household name when it comes to Jazz music unless you are a true follower. Those who are, unanimously acknowledge Horace Parlan’s piano playing and easily back it up with a respectable collection of his albums as a sideman in the mid-50’s to middle 60’s and as a leader from the early 60’s to the mid 2000’s, check his discography here. Of course its no real surprise in this or many other cases where a Jazz musician is overlooked somehow, it happens to the best of them. Horace Parlan is known for the first 6 albums he recorded in 1960 and 61 as a leader but chose for some reason to work as a sideman until the early 70’s. As a sideman, if you look closer on his discography, he was part of numerous “classic” Jazz recordings lead by Booker Ervin, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk, Stanley Turrentine, Archie Shepp and more. I guess some people would say those magical recordings he participated in were his so called “claim to fame” but they would be quite wrong. Horace Parlan recorded some incredible stuff with many well known Jazz musicians but in studios outside of the country. In 1973 he decided to move out of the United States to Denmark (more in the documentary below). I selected songs from different recordings he made ranging from 1960 to 2003 so to get a better grasp of his musical style. Please pay close attention to his solos and ENJOY!

Here’s “Up in Cynthia’s Room” from his 1960 recording “Speakin’ My Piece”:

Here’s “Al’s Tune” from his 1961 recording “On the Spur of the Moment”:

Here’s “The Other Part of Town” from his 1961 recording “Up & Down.” :

Here’s “Home is Africa” from his 1963 recording “Happy Frame of Mind.” :

Here’s his version of “For Heaven’s Sake” from his 1973 recording”Arrival”:

Here’s the title song from his 1974 recording “Frank-ly Speaking” :

Here’s the title song from his 1983 album “Like Someone in Love.”:

Here’s “Broken Promises” from his solo 1999 recording “Voyage to Rediscovery.”:

And Here’s “Love and Peace” from his 2003 recording “Relaxin’ with Horace.”:

Here’s an incredible documentary on Horace Parlan named “Horace Parlan by Horace Parlan” which I have chosen as his official “biography.” Nothing else can possibly substitute or represent more of anybody’s biography then when it is written or as in this particular case, placed on film and narrated by the person it pertains to. Its a one on one presentation of personal facts combined and supported with fascinating historical anecdotes. The documentary was film in June of 1999 , here’s more from the Library of Congress. He unfortunately passed away on February 23rd of 2017, here’s his obituary.

There’s no better perspective on Horace Parlan, sit back and enjoy!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More to Explore

"Enjoy, very much, listening to your arrangements. My wife and I have two sons (14 & 11) who think Jazz is 'Dad's elevator music'. However, while we were watching 'High Society' Bing Crosby was leading the band in 'Now you has Jazz', while slowly adding each instrument. Finally, of course, the whole number was really rolling with Louis Armstrong leading the way! My youngest son, Joseph, said 'Dad, play that once more.' My wife smiled at me and I knew this wonderful, American art form was getting through to them.
Keep going, Jose. Jazz Con Class Radio is fabulous!"

- Dave- (USA)

"Jazz Con Class is a wonderful discovery. I never have to change it because each tune is selected so carefully. It lifts my spirits and at the same time teaches me about a side of music I otherwise wouldn't have exposure to. This is honest, real music and I'm glad to have the chance to listen to it."

- J.J.- Virginia (USA)

"JAZZ CON CLASS RADIO without question, is the very best net jazz station going. Its just BEAUTIFUL to look at all those LP's, they are works of ART. The SOUND and the ARTIST who are being played, just WONDERFUL Jose, many THOUSAND of THANK YOU'S for your LOVE of the MUSIC and creating this station with GREAT MUSIC in MINE, PEACE"

- Calvin- California (USA)
css.php
SUPPORT the 2024 JAZZ AFICIONADO FUNDRAISER! PLEASE GIVE to No Ads and No Commercials! Learn More
Hello. Add your message here.