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Horace Parlan


HORACE PARLAN (pianist, composer) was born January 19, 1931 in Pittsburgh, PA. The accomplished bop era musician was known for his unique style of playing, a result of childhood polio and reliance on his left hand. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to Charles Mingus’ band and in particular the recordings “Blue and Root and “Mingus Ah Hum”. After a series of Blue Note recordings, Parlan moved to Denmark in the 1970s producing a number of critically acclaimed recordings as sideman and leader – notably two duet albums with Archie Shepp.