26 Sept 2022


Découverte totale, merci !! This is an intense album. It's jazz at its core, but there are tons of spacy effects and trippy beats and just plain crazy stuff on it.

'A brilliant retrospective, spanning straight ahead hard bop ("Hannibal's March" & "Party in Morocco"), free jazz, modal ("Soyuz Dance") and Fourth World ("The Gathering"), as well as a smoking cover of Lee Morgan's "Search for the New Land"' -The Execrable Bede

'Chaotic funk jazz and beyond from this fellow who is hard to pigeonhole. This is a collection that I continue to pull off the shelf every few years and it never disappoints. A couple of drum and bass remixes as well, but the original tracks are the real dope. Miles and beyond.' -bnoring

All-Out Jazz-Funk Jams!
'Longineu Parsons'Collected Works 1980-1999 is one of the best CDs I purchased recently. Fans of early-seventies McCoy Tyner (Asante, Atlantis, Expansions, etc.) will love this stuff. These are all out free-flowing, jazz-funk jams. It's freejazz that never loses melody and soul.' -DW

'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 (flügelhorn 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.' -Stewart Mason

Longineu Parsons

I think when musicologists look back on the 20th century, they will say that the last third was about funk as being the dominant rhythm for the whole world,” says trumpeter Longineu Parsons, a paid-up member of the jazz avant garde. “That means that James Brown is one of the most important musical figures in the whole world for the last third of the 20th century.”

Born in 1950, Parsons studied classical trumpet and played R&B in “all the cut ’em up-shoot ’em up joints in Alabama, Georgia, south Florida.” At 19, Parsons went jazz 24-7 (“I was hearing a sound that wasn’t restricted by meter or anything else.”) and by the late ’70s he was gigging with Sun Ra. In 1980, Parsons recorded a self-titled album that few outside of the Parisian underground heard. Discouraged, he went back to school, earning a Masters degree in classical composition from the University of Florida, where he is now an assistant professor. In ’92, a second album, Work Song, did bubkas. Enter Lady Luck.

In 1999, a London record collector sent a copy of Longineu Parsons to groove merchant label Ubiquity. Totally gassed, the label licensed both solo joints. The result is the 13-track anthology Spaced: Collected Works 1980-1999. Revelation time: Parsons spitting fiery blue-bops and Cooley High melodics like a mutant offspring of Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw; tunes seriously kicking with a fullness jazz Afrocentriques Norman Connors, Miles and Woody flirted with back in the day. Funky fresh, overdue yet right on time.

“To have it come out like this, do well in the charts, all the things I’m reading in the reviews, it’s a vindication,” Parsons admits. “It’s like OK, it was what I thought it was. I can actually close the book on that chapter and go on to where I am now.” Parsons’ next project will reflect where his “at” is: funkdafied jazz freestyle on the African repetition tip, mano a mano con Sam Rivers! “My mission in music and life is this: to bring a comprehensive way of looking at music to people who want to listen.” -Tom Terrell

Longineu Parsons – Spaced: Collected Works 1980-1999

Label: Luv N' Haight – LHCD032
Format: Digital, CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1999
Genre: Electronic
Style: Acid Jazz, Downtempo, Jazzdance

1. Takin The High Road 8:04
2. Funkin Around 4:12
3. Emerald Paradise 4:26
4. It Will Be Better 10:06
5. Spaced 6:16
6. The Gathering 7:07
7. Hannibal's March 6:11
8. Party In Morocco 5:28
9. Search For The New Land 7:19
10. Soyuz Dance 5:54
11. Passing Moment 2:51
12. Funkin' Around (The Amalgamation of Soundz Remix) 5:46
13. Take The High Road (P'taah Remix) 4:59

1980 LR 921 album "Longineu Parsons"

dust-tone May 11, 2022
Posting for the sake of the history of this LP, but about 30 copies of this were thrown in the dumpster in about 2015 during a trash out on a foreclosed home in Jacksonville, FL. Was working the site, and like a dummy I only grabbed two copies (one sealed copy and one play copy that I unfortunately didn't realize was heavily warped until too late), the rest of the copies were passed out to interested neighbors or tossed in the garbage. What an amazing album, wish I could go back in time every single day.

Note : 
Titles 1, 2, 4 and 5 are from the 1980 LR 921 album "Longineu Parsons".
Titles 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are from the 1994 TOB album "Work Song".

Alto Saxophone – Longineu Parsons (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13), Sulaiman Hakim (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13)
Bass – Jack Gregg (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13), Lawrence Buckner (tracks: 3, 6 to 11)
Design – Paul Martinez (3)
Drums – Benta Fischer (tracks: 3, 7, 11), Chris Henderson (5) (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13), Von Barlow (tracks: 6, 8 to 10)
Flugelhorn – Longineu Parsons (tracks: 3, 7)
Liner Notes – Andrew Jervis, Longineu Parsons
Percussion – Adewole O Kulu Mele (tracks: 6, 8 to 10), Roger Raspail (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13)
Photography By – Thomas Rasheed
Piano – George Eduard Nouel (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13), Kevin Bales (2) (tracks: 6, 8 to 10), Lindsey Sarjeant (tracks: 3, 7)
Recorder – Longineu Parsons (tracks: 6, 8 to 10)
Recorder [Bass] – Longineu Parsons (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 11 to 13)
Remix [Additional] – Chris Brann, Jean-Claude Thompson, Mark Harbottle
Sopranino Saxophone – Longineu Parsons (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13)
Soprano Saxophone – Longineu Parsons (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13), Sulaiman Hakim (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 12, 13)
Tenor Saxophone – Sam Rivers (tracks: 8, 10)
Trumpet – Longineu Parsons (tracks: 1, 4 to 6, 8 to10, 12, 13)
Written-By – Jack Gregg (tracks: 10), Lee Morgan (tracks: 9), Longineu Parsons (tracks: 1 to 8, 11 to 13)