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Timeless standards from an intimate piano trio bring a lasting impression when they swing. As Mike Longo tells it at jazzbeat.com , "The motivation for making a CD of this nature came as a result of my watching the Ken Burns special on Jazz." Later, he confesses: "I thought, 'There has got to be a contemporary equivalent to this!'" Longo's session preserves the timeless swing quality of the music, while placing it in a contemporary setting. A veteran jazz artist who has spent a lifetime sharing his ideas with audiences, Mike Longo studied piano at the Cincinnati Conservatory from age 4. He turned professional while still in his early teens and later earned a degree in classical piano. Clear influences on his piano style include Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson.
Clear and crisp, Longo’s technique exhibits the Peterson influence emphatically. He studied at the Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Chicago run by Peterson and Ray Brown for 6 months. His one-on-one sessions with the maestro have left their mark. Sparkling right-hand cascades punctuate Longo’s improvised solos. His tight trio converses and supports one another with subdued passion. Mellow and steady for the most part, Longo’s session summarizes the swing element present in mainstream jazz. It’s comfortable, and we get a “massage from the inside out” when we sit and listen uninterrupted. The pianist likes to inject familiar quotes from other tunes wile improvising. It’s always fun to pick them out. Recommended, Mike Longo’s latest album brings back an emphasis on swing, while capturing the essence of timeless, piano trio jazz.
Track Listing: All or Nothing At All; How High the Moon; Trane's Blues; It Never Entered My Mind; Oleo; Wildflower; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; The Night Is Love; Without a Song; From This Moment On; Bones; Savannah Calling.
Personnel: Mike Longo- piano; Ben Brown- bass; Ray Mosca- drums.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com