Horace Parlan : On the Spur of the Moment

Horace Parlan : On the Spur of the Moment

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Horace Parlan (piano), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Tommy Turrentine (trumpet), George Tucker (bass), Al Harewood (drums)

Blue Note 4074

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - On The Spur Of The Moment
2 - Skoo Chee
3 - And That I Am So In Love
4 - Al's Tune
5 - Ray C.
6 - Pyramid

Recorded on March 18, 1961 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

When one is stricken with polio as a child, resulting in a partially paralyzed right hand, becoming a pianist may not seem like a logical career move. However Horace Parlan had too much soul to stay away from music, and he turned his disability into an advantage and his own personal style. After playing in r&b groups in his native Pittsburgh , in 1957 he moved to New York and impressed Charles Mingus so much that he was in his group for two years. 

Parlan also worked with Lou Donaldson, Booker Ervin, the Eddie Lockjaw Davis-Johnny Griffin Quintet and Rahsaan Roland Kirk before having a second life in Copenhagen , where he spent his final 30 years. Parlan's most exciting recordings were made for Blue Note, particularly the ones that teamed him with bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood. The trio was so close that they created music with one mind. 

On The Spur Of The Moment is particularly memorable for it also features the Turrentine Brothers. Stanley Turrentine was very distinctive on tenor-sax even in the early 1960s, and he is instantly recognizable in one soulful note. Trumpeter Tommy Turrentine was a masterful bebopper and gives the set some additional fire. The combination of the Horace Parlan Trio and the Turrentines makes this rare Blue Note album into an instant classic that epitomizes the hard bop/soul jazz era.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is remastered from the original analogue Van Gelder studio tapes and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.

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