Up And Down Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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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.
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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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.. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Thomas Ball
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. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Karl L. Eggert