Happy Frame of Mind

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Happy Frame of Mind
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Studio album by Horace Parlan
Released 1986
Recorded February 15, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 38:52
Label Blue Note
BST 84134
Producer Alfred Lion
Horace Parlan chronology
Up & Down
(1961)Up & Down1961
Happy Frame of Mind

Happy Frame of Mind is the seventh album by American jazz pianist Horace Parlan featuring performances recorded in 1963 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1986.[1] The session was originally released under Booker Ervin's name in 1976 as part of the 2-LP set Back from the Gig and later released as originally intended. The album was first released on a digital support in 1995, on a now out-of-print CD featuring a 20-bit remastering. The reference version was released by Music Matters Jazz on double LP at 45 rpm.


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "Happy Frame of Mind finds Horace Parlan breaking away from the soul-inflected hard bop that had become his trademark, moving his music into more adventurous, post-bop territory... it's one of Parlan's most successful efforts, finding the perfect middle ground between accessible, entertaining jazz and more adventurous music".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Home Is Africa" (Ronnie Boykins) - 6:14
  2. "A Tune for Richard" (Booker Ervin) - 5:44
  3. "Back from the Gig" (Parlan) - 5:58
  4. "Dexi" (Johnny Coles) - 5:57
  5. "Kucheza Blues" (Randy Weston) - 6:10
  6. "Happy Frame of Mind" (Parlan) - 8:49



  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed September 22, 2010
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T.Allmusic Review accessed September 22, 2010