Horace Parlan: Wadin'
Horace Parlan (piano)
Speakin’ My Piece (EMI TOCJ-6615)
George Tucker (bass), Al Harewood (drums).
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., July 14, 1960
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
“Wadin’” resembles many of the instrumental blues performances on the Blue Note recordings of its day. Taken at a medium tempo, it features a simple riff-based melody that serves as a springboard for a series of earthy hard-bop solos by Parlan and the Turrentine brothers. Bassist George Tucker’s booming tone is especially effective and Stanley Turrentine’s gripping improvisation is, as usual, intensely soulful.
Reviewer: David Franklin