David Browne
January 12, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

How Long Has This Been Going On

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B

VAN MORRISON WITH GEORGIE FAME & FRIENDS How Long Has This Been Going On (Verve) On his first jazz record, the great grumbler surrounds himself with spiraling trumpet and sax solos, brush drums, and swinging covers of Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley. Morrison treats the form with respect — no campy Joe Jackson treatment here — but since he’s always pushed his rock bands into improvisational flights of fancy, his strict adherence to jazz basics results, ironically, in music that’s more restricted than his pop. A spirited diversion, but mostly for Vanheads who want to hear ”Moondance” played with a hipster backup combo. B

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