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Horace Parlan – On The Spur Of The Moment


Originally released by Blue Note in 1961 in mono only, this rare and highly collectible title has now been cut from the original 2-track stereo masters for an audiophile’s dream-come-true. Solid performances from the leader on piano, with front-line support on sax and trumpet from the Turrentine brothers, plus Al Harewood’s bass and George Tucker on drums.


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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.


1. On the Spur of the Moment
2. Skoo Chee
3. And That I Am So in Love
1. Al’s Tune
2. Ray C.
3. Pyramid


Additional information

Weight 0.900 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm