Mike Longo Trio: Sting Like A Bee (2010)
As a salute to Peterson, Longo includes a medley of three songs from West Side Story (Longo was present at a rehearsal for Peterson's famous recording date): "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" (done in a 6/8 tempo) and "Somewhere." On the other side, Gillespie's "Kush" is a virtuosic solo piano interpretation, where the left hand figure is a constant throughout, the right hand playing the melody and improvisation. The rest of the album includes two Wayne Shorter compositions: the boppish "Speak No Evil," featuring some outstanding work by Nash, and "Dance Cadaverous," highlighting Cranshaw's lyrical side. A funky, bluesy "Love For Sale" has Nash and Cranshaw showing off and Longo delivers a slow, understated version of "Speak Low" that shows off the song's beautiful bare bones. Then there are three Longo originalsa pretty bossa "Someone To Love," a fast-paced bop item "Bird Seed" and a traditional blues, "Checked Bags" (title reference is to vibraphonist Milt Jackson).
There is a wonderful flow from one track to the next and a feeling of inclusion for the audience who will listen. This CD should be around for a long while as it has something for everyonedisc jockeys for radio play and individual listeners. Don't be afraid to be stung by this bee!!
Track Listing: Speak No Evil; Love For Sale; Daahoud; Tell Me A Bedtime Story; Someone To Love; West Side Story Medley; Dance Cadaverous; Morning; Speak Low; Bird Seed; Checked Bags; Kush.
Personnel: Mike Longo: piano; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Lewis Nash: drums.
Record Label: Consolidated Artists Productions