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by Edward Blanco
Salsa it's not, but Pat Longo and his Hollywood Jazz Band deliver a Latin-flavored hot big band sound with shades of Kenton on Extreme Heat. It blends great writing and arrangements with a fiery performance from a star-filled ensemble to produce a unique Latin jazz experience. To the discerning jazz fan and aficionado, a glance at the arrangers on this album should provide a clue at how good the music is. Pat Longo borrowed the talents of Gary Urwin, Bob ...read more
by Jack Bowers
Okay, Pat, granted you have a splendid band, and there's an abundance of good-natured camaraderie and energy on The Hit List--but a playing time of less than 35 minutes is clearly unacceptable for a compact disc, which will accommodate up to eighty. Truth be told, this enterprise--with no liner notes or recording dates, no list of soloists, unnamed backup singers, a single-page booklet"--has the taste of a leftover meal, wherein one reaches into the fridge--in this case the library--to see ...read more
by Jack Bowers
There's no messin' around in this hothouse. Pat Longo's star-laden Latin/Jazz Big Band cuts straight to the chase on Buddy Childers' torrid arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo's Manteca" and keeps the fire-god Vulcan smiling throughout the remainder of this impressive scrapbook of rhythmically volatile jazz from south (well, mostly north) of the border.
In fact, Luiz Bonfä's enchanting theme from the movie Black Orpheus (stylishly arranged by Kim Richmond) is the exception to the norteamericano rule, as Longo's ensemble transposes ...read more