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Favorite long jazz tracks

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I'm thinking of at least 15 minutes. A jazz tune doesn't even really merit "long" when it's at 10 minutes or so.

But I would put on restrictions here. One would be live performances, where tunes are often stretched to twice (or more) their studio length. Another would be jazz suites. For example, A Love Supreme could be considered a suite. Also, I would personally avoid long jams. I know there was a period when Prestige would put out side long jams every now and then. Only a few of these have merit, and very few could be considered genuine classics.

I think of tunes that are unusual and complex in structure.

Here are some that come to mind:

  • Free Jazz--Ornette (about 36")
  • "Meditations on Integration" (about 24")--Mingus
  • "Bitches Brew" (27")--Miles
  • Concierto de Aranjuez" (about 16")--Miles
  • "African Sunrise" (about 20")--Randy Weston
  • "Search for the new Land" (about 15")--Lee Morgan
  • Two Folk Songs" (about 20")--Pat Metheny

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First thing that came to mind was "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue"- Mingus (approx. 18 min.)

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Yeah, Mingus was one of the great ones is this area. Of course, I've broken my own rule, as all the versions I have heard of "Meditations on Integration" are live. I also like "Parkeriana," which showed up at many of the same concerts (also "Orange").

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Cool thread. Off the top of my head I'll say Idle Moments by Grant Green and the two long tracks on disc 5 of the Miles Davis On the Corner box set (He loved Him Madly is one). Absolutely love those. Morgan's Search for the New Land is awesome, too. Keith Jarrett has too many to mention, but the Cure is pretty good, as is On Green Dolphin Street from Live at the Blue Note.

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In addition to several tracks already mentioned, Gil Evans' "La Nevada."

Also, though it's only 11 minutes, the Cannonball-Miles "Autumn Leaves."

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Another I remembered:

Lee Morgan - Capra Black (the premier recording of the Billy Harper classic).

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I know there was a period when Prestige would put out side long jams every now and then. Only a few of these have merit, and very few could be considered genuine classics.

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My all-time favorite long track:

Dexter Gordon - Tanya (from One Flight Up). 18 minutes.

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I know there was a period when Prestige would put out side long jams every now and then. Only a few of these have merit, and very few could be considered genuine classics.

NONSENSE

I like Red Garland's All Morning Long.

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My all-time favorite long track:

Dexter Gordon - Tanya (from One Flight Up). 18 minutes.

:tup :tup

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The first thing that came to mind is the Revolutionary Ensemble's "Invasion" (26:22) from their album "The Psyche."

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Blue 7

11+ minutes. Works for me.

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Some favorites...

John Coltrane at VV Chasin the Trane, 16m

Don Cherry Complete Communion, 20m

Lee Morgan at Lighthouse Nommo, 17m

John Handy at Monterey Spanish Lady, 19m

Cecil Taylor Unit Structures, 17m

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Bill Holman's "The Big Street" (16:42), currently available here:

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Bill Holman's "The Big Street" (16:42), currently available here:

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Thanks for the heads-up on this release, Bill, I must have missed it when it came out. I presume the two albums included on it are needle-drops, so what does it "sound" like?

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Bill Holman's "The Big Street" (16:42), currently available here:

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Thanks for the heads-up on this release, Bill, I must have missed it when it came out. I presume the two albums included on it are needle-drops, so what does it "sound" like?

To me it sounds beautiful, but then I'm no expert on matters technical. :smirk:

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Rule breaking here too: but, In addition to "All Morning Long", "Soul Junction", I'd add "I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart" Jimmy Smith, (17+) "Spectrum" Trio Beyond (16+) "Question and Answer" by Pat Metheny (19:53) and "Faith Healer" (18:20) both from "Trio Live", "Leo" John Coltrane (44+)

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Miles Davis "Lonely Fire" and "Go Ahead John" ftom Big Fun

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Bill Holman's "The Big Street" (16:42), currently available here:

51mhr3dDHHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Thanks for the heads-up on this release, Bill, I must have missed it when it came out. I presume the two albums included on it are needle-drops, so what does it "sound" like?

To me it sounds beautiful, but then I'm no expert on matters technical. :smirk:

Thanks Bill, I've ordered a copy.

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Bill Holman's "The Big Street" (16:42), currently available here:

51mhr3dDHHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Thanks for the heads-up on this release, Bill, I must have missed it when it came out. I presume the two albums included on it are needle-drops, so what does it "sound" like?

To me it sounds beautiful, but then I'm no expert on matters technical. :smirk:

Thanks Bill, I've ordered a copy.

Enjoy!

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Bill Holman's "The Big Street" (16:42), currently available here:

51mhr3dDHHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Thanks for the heads-up on this release, Bill, I must have missed it when it came out. I presume the two albums included on it are needle-drops, so what does it "sound" like?

To me it sounds beautiful, but then I'm no expert on matters technical. :smirk:

Thanks Bill, I've ordered a copy.

Enjoy!

That one is on Spotify Bill Holman – The Fabulous Bill Holman (Remastered)

as is the Kenton Presents (including Holman) Various Artists – Stan Kenton Presents Bob Cooper, Bill Holman & Frank Rosolino

for those interested

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I know there was a period when Prestige would put out side long jams every now and then. Only a few of these have merit, and very few could be considered genuine classics.

NONSENSE

I agree - in any case the thread is asking for favourites, not classics.

So:

Twilight - Fred Anderson - 16:37

Strut time - Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake - 21:16

All day long - Kenny Burrell - 18:03 (and that one IS a classic!)

A night in Tunisia - Johnny Griffin - 17:05

Marchin' along - Tiny Grimes & Coleman Hawkins - 17:37

Hip cake walk - Don Patterson - 16:31 (another classic)

Muse blues - Don Patterson - 17:55

The creator has a master plan - Pharoah Sanders - probably 30:00 + (no accurate time on my LP)

Black unity - Pharoah Sanders - 37:19

Drag 'em out - Shirley Scott - 16:08

Au privave - Jimmy Smith - 15:09

Just friends - Jimmy Smith - 15:15

The sermon - Jimmy Smith - 20:10

Stand - Dr Lonnie Smith - 17:20

Trouble man - Grover Washington Jr - 15:55

MG

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