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Horace Parlan

Piano
January 19, 1931 --

Horace Parlan

Horace Parlan



"Horace Parlan is a unique stylist. His soulfulness, his exuberance and inventiveness, create a climate different from anything else in jazz."

--Chris Fujiwara


Born in Pittsburgh, Horace Parlan studied piano from the age of 12 and after suffering from polio developed a strong left-hand technique. He played in Pittsburgh (1952-57) and briefly with Sonny Stitt in Washington, D.C., then performed and recorded with Charles Mingus's Jazz Workshop (1957-59), Lou Donaldson (1959-60), the Playhouse Four with Booker Ervin, George Tucker, and Al Harewood (1960-61), a quintet led by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin (1961-62), and Roland Kirk (1963-66).

In 1973 he moved to Copenhagen, where he recorded regularly for Steeplechase with Dexter Gordon (1975), Red Mitchell (1976), Frank Foster (1982), and Michal Urbaniak (1984), and as a leader. Parlan cites Ahmad Jamal, Bud Powell, and James Miller as having most strongly influenced his style, and emphasizes the importance of his association with Mingus.

--PAUL RINZLER, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz


A selected discography of Horace Parlan albums.




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