[78-L] Length of jazz recordings

Don Cox doncox at enterprise.net
Wed Jul 10 03:42:22 PDT 2013

On 09/07/2013, Cary Ginell wrote:

> Yes - but these were isolated recordings that were ruled by the
> restrictions of the physical limitations of a 78 rpm disc. I'm looking
> for the label or labels that decided to capture the performance
> REGARDLESS of any limitations due to technology. Record till you're
> done and we'll issue it as is. The JATP live recordings were probably
> the first - and many were excerpted on two and sometimes three 78 rpm
> singles. But when the LP came in, musicians could record for an entire
> side without stopping. I'm checking my 10-inch LPs and it seems that
> Clef (again with Granz in charge) was the first to do this on a
> regular basis.
Before the LP, transcription discs had long playing times. 

But to get long performances, as opposed to several songs on one disc,
you would have to look for early recordings of live concerts.

The jazz equivalent of the mid-thirties recordings of Toscanini with the

Don Cox
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