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Up & Down [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Horace ParlanAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B001O12TIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything's Up on "Up & Down" February 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is My Music August 10, 2011
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Not What I Expected February 19, 2010
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This an enjoyable album, skirting that common early-60's Blue Note line between Hard-Bop and Soul-Jazz, the album in this context is well paced and without noticeable flaws. If you look even a tiny bit deeper this album takes a lot of powerful and energetic parts and assembles a machine of far less power. Booker Ervin and Parlan had just played on some of Mingus' most explosive dates, and contributed soulfully, leaving there marks all over Blues and Roots and Mingus Ah Um. It just does not reach that level here, and I don't think Mingus is the missing ingredient. Later this decade Booker would burst with energy on a series of records on Prestige, and play on more great Mingus dates. Parlan would go on to play with even more explosive saxophonists such as Archie Shepp and Roland Kirk. Grant Green was just getting his start in 1961, so he does not have the confidence of style he would on later dates, which some could call formulaic. On Lou Donaldson's Here Tis', and other records with Babyface Willette from this year this greeness (pardon the pun) would contribute to the driving bluesy strivings of someone with something to prove. Here when his repetitious lines (I mean this positively, it's part of his style) get cooking, the ensemble fails to raise the temperature to soul jazz levels, where Green clearly wants to be.

This is an album I hoped, considering the personnel, would explode with energy and the vestiges of Mingus found on Jaki Byard, Jackie Mclean, and Booker Ervin records of this era, instead it is a fairly typical early sixties hard-bop affair, with NO chances taken. Solos are good, relaxed, and jam-esque, but many of the same licks come up across multiple tracks. All this said, this record succeeds at being what it is on all fronts. The playing, pacing, and program choice are flawless, and you will come back to tracks like The Book's Beat and Fugee more than a few times, but there are no real fireworks going off here.
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