This was recorded in 1982 in Mayport Florida
New Mike Longo CD “The Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson receives 4 1/2 star review in January Issue of Downbeat Magazine!
The Mike Longo Trio
Back in 1961, pianist Mike Longo had
six months of private lessons with
Oscar Peterson. The main thing that
he seems to remember from that
intense period was that Peterson
insisted that he not copy anyone else
(especially not him), Read More…
|“The Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live” (Consolidated Artists Productions)
Pianist Mike Longo is best known inside the jazz community for his decades-long association with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie as a sideman, music director, composer and arranger. On this CD, he pays tribute to another jazz great, pianist Oscar Peterson, with whom he studied intensely for six months in 1961.
On this impressive trio date, Longo offers a collection of standards recorded by Peterson such as Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” and Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose,” but takes to heart his mentor’s emphasis on “not playing like anyone but yourself.”
He doesn’t try to imitate Peterson, but emulates his hard-driving swing, creative improvisations and technical command, whether playing George Gershwin’s “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” at a blistering tempo or dashing across the keyboard on Clifford Brown’s “Daahoud.” Longo offers an original take on Irving Berlin’s “Always,” playing it as an up-tempo cooker rather than a slow ballad.
Remarkably this 70-plus-minute recording was done live without any rehearsal, demonstrating Longo’s special chemistry with his veteran trio of bassist Paul West and former Peterson drummer Ray Mosca. This is fresh-sounding, straight-ahead jazz, played by a pianist undeservedly overlooked in a half-century-plus musical career.
- Charles J. Gans (twitter.com/ChJGans)
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The Mike Longo Trio plays Freddie Freeloader from the CD “The Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Diz and Miles.
Dizzy Gillespie plays the Mike Longo Composition “Matrix” from the album “The Real Thing”=Perception Records 1970
Dizzy-Tpt. Mike Longo-Piano-composer- arranger, George Davis-Guitar, Phil Upchurch-Bass, David Lee-Drums
Mike Longo-Piano, Composer, Arranger, Bob Cranshaw-Bass, Mickey Roker-Drums, George Davis-Guitar, Harold Vick-Tenor, Virgil Jones-Trumpet, Dizzy Gillespie-vocal, Producer. Pablo Records-1976