Storyville Records

Parlan, Horace

Horace Parlan (born January 19, 1931) is an American hard bop and post-bop piano player. He is noted for his contributions to the classic Charles Mingus recordings Mingus Ah Um and Blues & Roots. As a child, Parlan was stricken with polio, resulting in the partial crippling of his right hand. The handicap, though, has contributed to his development of a particularly "pungent" left-hand chord voicing style, while comping with highly rhythmic phrases with the right.Between 1952 and 1957, he worked in Washington DC with Sonny Stitt and then spent two years with Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop.[1] In 1973, Parlan moved to Copenhagen, Denmark. He later settled in the small village Rude in southern Zealand. In 1974 he did a State Department tour of Africa with Hal Singer.His later work, notably a series of duos with the tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, including the album Goin' Home, is steeped in gospel music. He was recipient of the 2000 Ben Webster Prize given by the Ben Webster Foundation.

Recordings

Horace Parlan: In Copenhagen

HORACE PARLAN In Copenhagen A European tour with Miriam Makeba in 1970 had brought Parlan to Copenhagen, where four off-days gave him time to look around the city. He liked what he saw and two years later he settled down in Copenhagen. Horace Parlan enjoys playing solo piano – but haven’t had the chance to do it all that often. Parlan’s aim in making this CD was to give highly personal interpretations of compositions which he has cherished over the years but which have not been over-recorded. He says: "I am not a Tatum – I have to make the material fit my particular style and I spent quite a bit of time working on the arrangement. I wanted to do a reflective CD – no racehorse tempos, no pyrotechnics – and also make the harmonic structures as interesting as possible." Parker’s Mood – Broken Promises – Two Sleepy People – I’m Getting Sentimental Over You – Déjà Vu – A Time For Love – Three Little Words – Blood Count – I Waited For You – Make Me A Pallet On The Floor – Deep River – Pannonica - Melancholia