Pianist Horace Parlan is perhaps best known for his work with Charles Mingus on the bassist’s seminal 1959 albums Mingus Ah Um and Blues & Roots. That same year, Parlan made his first Blue Note appearance with Lou Donaldson and in 1960 he began leading his own sessions for the label with the trio albums Movin’ & Groovin’ and Us Three. For his third Blue Note date, Speakin’ My Piece, also recorded in 1960, Parlan expanded his trio with bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood into a quintet with the addition of a frontline horn section featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone and his brother Tommy Turrentine on trumpet. The result is a quintessential Blue Note hard bop album, adorned with a playful Reid Miles album cover design, and featuring Parlan originals like the bluesy “Wadin'” and tuneful “Up in Cynthia’s Room,” along with pieces by each of the Turrentine brothers and a show- stopping performance on the ballad “Oh So Blue.”



Side 1:

  1. Wadin’
  2. Up in Cynthia’s Room
  3. Borderline

Side 2:

  1. Rastus
  2. Oh So Blue
  3. Speakin’ My Piece