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MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Horace Parlan: Up and Down – 1961

Read "Horace Parlan: Up and Down – 1961" reviewed by Marc Davis

I have a new hero: Pianist Horace Parlan. Until recently, I had heard of Parlan, but never really heard him. I certainly never knew his back story. It's inspirational--and his music is pretty damn good, too. Parlan had a handicap. As a child, he lost some function in his right hand due to polio. Various bios disagree on the extent of the loss. Some say two fingers, others three. Either way, it's the kind of injury that makes ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Horace Parlan: The Complete Blue Note Horace Parlan Sessions

Read "The Complete Blue Note Horace Parlan Sessions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Aside from the obvious heavyweights who came through the Blue Note fold, there’s that whole cast of musicians who fall under the category of “talent deserving of wider recognition”. Arguably, Blue Note might have been even more proficient at expounding the work of these neglected artists. Although not an exhaustive list, some of the names to be mentioned in this camp would have to include Dodo Greene, Fred Jackson, John Patton, Harold Vick, Tina Brooks, Freddie Roach, George Braith, Bennie ...


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