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Movin' & Groovin'

  • 1. C Jam Blues
    2. On Green Dolphin Street
    3. Up In Cynthia's Room
    4. Lady Bird
    5. Bags' Groove
    6. Stella By Starlight
    7. There Is No Greater Love
    8. It Could Happen To You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 84028

  • Credits
    ProducerAlfred Lion
    EngineerRudy VanGelder

    Personnel: Horace Parlan (piano); Al Harewood (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
    Liner Note Author: Leonard Feather.
    Recording information: New York, NY (02/29/1960).
    Photographer: Francis Wolff.
    Horace Parlan's debut album for Blue Note, Movin' and Groovin', is a thoroughly impressive affair, establishing Parlan as a distinctive hard bop stylist. Working with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Al Harewood, Parlan steals the show, playing hard-driving, bluesy bop and lyrical ballads. If it weren't for the inventive chord voicings and percussive right-hand attack, it would be impossible to tell that he was missing two fingers on his right hand, since his playing is remarkably agile and fluid. Parlan sounds vital on swinging blues, slow ballads, and straight-ahead bop, and Jones and Harewood provide appropriately empathetic support on this collection of standards, blues, bop, jazz, and originals. Everything swings, no matter the tempo, and the end result is a fine debut from a distinctive pianist. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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