's pianist and music director, brings that experience and more to Sting Like a Bee, the follow-up to his well-received trio session from 2007, Float Like a Butterfly (Consolidated Artists Productions). While there's a different backup crew this time, it would be hard to envision a more virtuosic or compatible duo than bassist Bob Cranshaw
's polyrhythmic "Kush." Even though he has technique to burn, Longo took his cue from Diz and learned what notes not to play. There are no Peterson-style pyrotechnics here, simply a series of lovely melodies played with warmth and perception. On the other hand, "simply" can't even begin to cover the scope of Longo's expertise, as what he engenders is the antithesis of simple.
Cranshaw and Nash are Longo's partners in every respect, not only providing a cozy rhythmic and harmonic cushion for his fanciful sorties but also soloing superbly when called upon to do so. Among the pleasant surprises are slow and sensual readings of Cole Porter