The Horace Parlan quintet is not a permanent group but within it there are two echelons which are solid units. Parlan is a more flowing pianist than ever before. “When you have to think about playing music, it’s not like when you just play naturally”‘ he says, referring to the act of creating at the piano. The natural ease and confidence is obvious throughout his solos.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Again working with his longtime rhythm section of George Tucker (bass) and Al Harewood (drums), Horace Parlan manages to On the Spur of the Moment make distinctive by emphasizing the rhythmic side of his hard bop. Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine and trumpeter Tommy Turrentine help give the quintet a bluesy edge, which the band exploits to an appealing effect throughout these six, mostly original, compositions. There are a few ballads, and even when things are at their hottest, Parlan’s understated playing is a cue for the group to keep it tasteful, but that relaxed atmosphere is part of the reason why On the Spur of the Moment is another winning effort from the underrated pianist.
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