Longineu Parsons II - Spaced: Collected Works 1980-1999

Longineu Parsons II - Spaced: Collected Works 1980-1999
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 01:18:39
Artist: Longineu Parsons II
Album: Spaced: Collected Works 1980-1999
Release Date: November 16, 1999
Styles: Acid Jazz, Fusion, Modern Creative, Worldbeat, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz

A long-overdue collection spanning the career of an admittedly minor but often fascinating trumpeter, Spaced is a fine introduction to Longineu Parsons' distinctive style. The closest comparison to Parsons, who worked with avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor in the '70s before striking out on his own, is the British-born trumpeter Jon Hassell, a frequent collaborator of Brian Eno whose music balances world music forms and ambient mystery. Parsons is a considerably more forceful and funkier player than Hassell, with a stronger rooting in the free jazz and post-bop scenes, but the two share a fascination with the rhythms and melodies of other lands. From the North African-influenced "Party in Morocco" to an Afro-Cuban-tinged version of Lee Morgan's "Search for the New Land," the songs subtly introduce ethnic rhythms, but they're never allowed to become the focal point of the piece, an important point that keeps Parsons from being a Paul Simon-style appropriator. Parsons solos tremendously on a variety of instruments (fl├╝gelhorn and various recorders besides his usual trumpet), crafting lead lines that both maintain the forward motion of the rhythm section and add intriguing counterpoints to the stated melodic themes. Fans of the more adventurous side of ECM Records will find much to admire.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Take the High Road / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II8:04
Funkin' Around / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II4:12
Emerald Paradise / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II4:26
It Will Be Better / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II10:06
Spaced / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II6:16
The Gathering / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II7:07
Hannibal's March / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II6:11
Party in Morocco / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II5:28
Search for the New Land / Lee MorganLongineu Parsons II7:19
Soyuz Dance / Jack GreggLongineu Parsons II5:54
Passing Moment / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II2:51
Funkin' Around / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II5:46
Take the High Road / Longineu Parsons IILongineu Parsons II4:59

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