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I've always loved battles between instrumentalists and especially chase choruses.

Here are some examples I like a lot: :)

- Von Freeman and Willis Jackson - At 5:40:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTXKd3HtYKU

- Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt - At 6:20:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFCEHliCwhk

- Red Prysock and Sil Austin - Killing chase choruses at 9:25:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmx86Z29xZw

- Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon - At 3:50:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KTtnTN8518

Feel free to share your favorites too. :)
 

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Some more:

- Arnett Cobb and Eddie Lockjaw Davis - At 22:25 (also at 10:10):
Wow that album is a marvel! I went and bought it based on your rec in another thread on this site so thank you! Its a shame that duo didn't get more opportunities to record.
 

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Crucificado from David Murray's Fast Life with Branford Marsallis isn't in the same style as those above, but still one of my favorites. Its a great song to begin with, includes great solos and very tasteful accompaniment by John Hicks. But the trading and I guess what I differentiate as chasing (playing at the same time) at the end are pretty exhilarating in my opinion. Sounds like two race cars revving their engines and chasing each other around the track. Curious to hear what others think of this!

Trading starts around 8:00 and the chase starts around 8:50.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tp36fGsu2k&list=OLAK5uy_lIslQi8FuF-pDu_ik-lA9CHjR53YoHuCk

 

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Wow that album is a marvel! I went and bought it based on your rec in another thread on this site so thank you! Its a shame that duo didn't get more opportunities to record.
Glad you liked that album. :)

Indeed a pity they didn't record much more together. Besides the recording of them with Hawk and Buddy Tate (Very Saxy) I've never seen another studio recording of them. But I've seen a few live concerts with Arnett, Lockjaw and Johnny Griffin when they toured NL back in 1984 and did put some MP3 clips of that concert on YouTube (not available on CD):

- Lester Leaps In: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s-vTT1yLPg
- Bags Groove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmvHW5k3B0E

Crucificado from David Murray's Fast Life with Branford Marsallis isn't in the same style as those above, but still one of my favorites. Its a great song to begin with, includes great solos and very tasteful accompaniment by John Hicks. But the trading and I guess what I differentiate as chasing (playing at the same time) at the end are pretty exhilarating in my opinion. Sounds like two race cars revving their engines and chasing each other around the track. Curious to hear what others think of this!
Thanks for sharing that clip.

A more modern approach on the 'old' battle recordings, but done with respect to the past. Both players speak less to me than the old guys and the last part from 8:50 becomes (for me) close to ego-tripping, which is or should not be the idea of real battle, but it's still a fun clip to listen to. :)
 

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There are a few modern versions of this (involving different instruments) that I really like:

One occurs between John Scofield (guitar) and Michael Brecker (tenor) near the end of "Love is Stronger than Pride" on Herbie Hancock's album "The New Standard" (1996).
They start trading at about 6:00 in the video below:


A second one occurs between Joshua Redman (tenor) and Nicholas Payton (trumpet) on the tune "Put it in Your Pocket" from the Redman's album "Momentum" (2005).
They start trading at about 4:00 in the video below:


Finally (one for which I have a video link), occurs between Bob Reynolds (tenor) and Nir Felder (guitar) on the tune "Blues for Charlie" from Reynold's live album "Guitar Band" (2017).
They start trading at about 6:08 in the video below:

 

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Glad you liked that album. :)

Indeed a pity they didn't record much more together. Besides the recording of them with Hawk and Buddy Tate (Very Saxy) I've never seen another studio recording of them. But I've seen a few live concerts with Arnett, Lockjaw and Johnny Griffin when they toured NL back in 1984 and did put some MP3 clips of that concert on YouTube (not available on CD):

- Lester Leaps In: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s-vTT1yLPg
- Bags Groove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmvHW5k3B0E



Thanks for sharing that clip.

A more modern approach on the 'old' battle recordings, but done with respect to the past. Both players speak less to me than the old guys and the last part from 8:50 becomes (for me) close to ego-tripping, which is or should not be the idea of real battle, but it's still a fun clip to listen to. :)
Thanks for posting this rare audio, I look forward to listening to it soon! And I need to revisit "very saxy" because my recollection is that there wasn't much trading/chasing, or at least not as much as I'd like to have heard with all those great in the studio at once.

As to the Murray/Marsallis track, to me it doesn't sound like "ego-tripping" as they appear to still be listening and responding to each other even there at the end, but I can totally appreciate if it's not your preference. Also I think Murray's playing up to that point was relatively restrained for him. And in fairness, Murray has such a brawling style (even with no other horn player present) it's hard to imagine trading with him and not getting roped into a slugfest at least a little bit. If Marsallis tried to just lay back in that environment it would sound worse, again in my opinion.
 

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As to the Murray/Marsallis track, to me it doesn't sound like "ego-tripping" as they appear to still be listening and responding to each other even there at the end, but I can totally appreciate if it's not your preference. Also I think Murray's playing up to that point was relatively restrained for him. And in fairness, Murray has such a brawling style (even with no other horn player present) it's hard to imagine trading with him and not getting roped into a slugfest at least a little bit. If Marsallis tried to just lay back in that environment it would sound worse, again in my opinion.
It's not about playing free (I've heard Murray a lot here in NL and Amsterdam has always been a center of free jazz since long), but for me indeed more about listening and reacting on each other with a good sound. Check the clip of Von and Willis I shared in the first post of this thread, you will probably hear the difference.

Not that that is important. We all listen with our own preferences and tastes, no right or wrongs there!
 

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Oliver Nelson again, this time on alto (chase starts about 3:25). I first heard this track on a compilation album many years ago, I’d never heard Eric Dolphy before and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it all, but I still thought it was rather wonderful.

 

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