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Spaced: Collected Works 1980-1999 by Longineu Parsons

I never heard of this Parsons fella 'til this disc came my way. Seems he played with a lot of big names - Doc Severinson, Cab Calloway, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntire - but this is his first American album (Parsons was playing & teaching in Europe in the late 70s/early 80s). Man, this cat plays some smokin' trumpet!!! He stokes the fires as hot as the late great Lee Morgan (same adoration of The Melody, too) did, and in a similar hard-bop-to-modal vein. Parsons also doubles on various recorders, giving an "exotic" north African/Middle Eastern-tinge to his driving, undulating compositions. His posse of players is none too shabby: the only names I recognize are saxophonist Sam Rivers (fine playing, as usual) and bassist Jack Gregg (who played with Marion Brown & Jeanne Lee), but pianists Kevin Bales and George Edward Nouel provide sharp/shimmering pummeling punctuation throughout.

This is jazz that is becoming, sadly, rare: Spaces is full of music as wild and bristling as the best rock & roll or rhythm & blues - played with razor-sharp elan but still has that element of wildness. You know, like some record producer didn't - or couldn't - dampen or extinguish. Three thumbs way up!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Longineu Parsons
  • CD Title: Spaced: Collected Works 1980-1999
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Luv N Haight'
  • Rating: Five Stars
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