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Mike Longo Trio: Sting Like A Bee

Read "Sting Like A Bee" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Sting Like A Bee is pianist Mike Longo's follow-up to his well-received Float Like A Butterfly (Consolidated Artists Productions, 2008). Bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Lewis Nash join him, and this CD is so laidback and relaxed that it comes as no surprise to read in the liner notes that there was no need to listen ...


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Mike Longo Trio: Sting Like a Bee

Read "Sting Like a Bee" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike Longo, who studied piano with Oscar Peterson and served for a number of years as Dizzy Gillespie'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, ...


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Mike Longo Trio: Sting Like A Bee

Read "Sting Like A Bee" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist Mike Longo has a couple of things in common with legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali: first, they both employed the same phrase throughout their careers--"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"--and second,, they both deliver quite a punch, Ali with his fists and Longo on the keys. Sting Like a Bee--dedicated to Longo's father, ...


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Mike Longo Trio: Float Like A Butterfly

Read "Float Like A Butterfly" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

The title of this CD says it all--the Mike Longo Trio (Longo on piano, Paul West on bass and Jimmy Wormworth on drums) takes music on a smooth flight just like a butterfly, delighting with every track. Longo is probably one of the most underappreciated jazz pianists around. His musical history includes studying with ...


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Mike Longo Trio: Float Like a Butterfly

Read "Float Like a Butterfly" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 1961, while performing in Chicago, pianist Mike Longo was introduced to one of his musical heroes, Oscar Peterson. After hearing him play, Peterson invited Longo to study with him at the Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto. Needless to say, Longo accepted eagerly, and spent six months absorbing wisdom from the master. It's an ...


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Mike Longo Trio: Live: Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "Live: Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by Jim Santella

You can feel the training Mike Longo received from Oscar Peterson when he stretches out liberally on “Fiesta Mojo.” The swing he inherited from Cannonball Adderley and the spontaneity that stems from his long association with Dizzy Gillespie also show up on this live recording from last year’s Detroit Jazz Festival. Bassist Santi Debriano and drummer ...


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