Horace Parlan, 1931-2017

And now he’s dead.

Horace Parlan, an acclaimed jazz pianist whose style was unlike anyone else’s, largely because he had to compensate for a partly disabled hand, died on Feb. 23 in Korsor, Denmark…. As he put it to JazzTimes magazine in 2000, ‘I had to find a groove of my own.’

Parlan had a run of terrific records as leader for Blue Note in the early ’60s. Here’s the title track to 1961’s On the Spur of the Moment.

Parlan was 86.