Friday, January 18, 2013

Longineu Parsons' Top 10 Jazz Albums

"...a mutant offspring of Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw... Funky fresh, overdue yet right on time."
                                             - Tom Terrell (JazzTimes)

 A Jacksonville native and Tallahassee resident, Longineu Parsons has been wowing jazz critics all over the world for decades; from his extended stint with Sun Ra, performances or recordings with the likes of Philly Joe Jones, Nancy Wilson, Cab Calloway, Nat Adderley, Cecil Taylor,  Joe Williams, Herbie Mann, Frank Foster, Mal Waldron, Sam Rivers & many more; to being a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, Tallahassee Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Gainesville Symphony et al.

Recently returned from performances in Paris, Longineu will be headlining the winter concert of the North East Florida Jazz Association this Sunday (1/20/13) at the Daytona Museum of Arts & Sciences. For details & tickets visit NEFJA (tickets are available at the concert). 

With a masters in classical trumpet & a position at Florida's A&M University, Longineu's top 10 list is a study in the deeper things of jazz, even capturing Art Blakey at his most profound. In keeping with his own musical personality - there are overlooked gems as well as cornerstones of America's premiere art form. Every entry is an example of eloquence and the height of expressive playing!

1. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew "This recording brings together the cultural and musical elements of that time. It's not a demonstration of technique but a real artistic statement. Every note that Miles played was exactly right, nothing wasted."

2. John Coltrane - Africa Brass

3. Sun Ra - Heliocentric Worlds

4. Sarah Vaughan - Brazilian Romance

5. Bird & Diz - Jazz at Massey Hall

6. Louis Armstrong - Any Recording is in the top 10

7. Art Blakey - Free For All

8. Duke Ellington - Far East Suite

9. Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come

10. McCoy Tyner - Enlightenment Suite

The upcoming concert is a must-see for jazz lovers and students of the art. Also check out Longineu's release "Tribal Disorder" on his own label, and visit his website here. Thank you Longineu for taking the time from your heavy teaching & performing schedule to be a part of our poll! - PC Jazz 

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