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Up And Down Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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As the house rhythm section for Minton's Playhouse in Harlem and in the studio for Blue Note Records, pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Al Harewood frequently made jazz history in the early-'60s. This June 18, 1961 session adds tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, a frequent associate, and guitarist Grant Green, and the result is one of Parlan's most soulful and successful albums. This Rudy Van Gelder-remastered edition marks the first American release of this album on CD with an additional alternate take.
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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B001O12TIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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