The Mike Longo Trio turns in a more than fitting tribute to the great Oscar Peterson!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
An artist always needs to look for their own voice while presenting a unique harmonic exhibition of style and flavor. Mike Longo learned a valuable lesson from the great Oscar Peterson, be yourself. While the Peterson influence is certainly undeniable, the lyrical style of Longo transforms the iconic catalog of Peterson into something fresh and new. A vibrant swing with the flair of the traditional and the vision of the future.
To even attempt a Peterson tribute takes improvisational guts, to reinvent tunes such as "A Child Is Born" along with "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Love For Sale" is unheard of. A musical resume that include Dizzy Gillespie and the great Coleman Hawkins is unmatched and it is perhaps this rich lyrical legacy of performance that allows Longo the freedom to explore his own vision on the Peterson classics and tunes often associated with this perennial favorite among pianists. The tunes you know, Longo maybe not. A true lunch pail musician, Longo is one of the unheralded working musicians that while never becoming a household name is legendary within business.
Unpretentious yet with am infectious style, Mike Longo is a lyrical beast and perhaps one of the unsung harmonic geniuses of our time.
Tracks: Love You Madly; Sweet Georgia Brown; A Child Is Born; Always; Fascinatin' Rhythm; Love For Sale; Tenderly; Honeysuckle Rose; Yesterdays; Work Song; 52nd Street Theme; I Remember You; Daahoud.
Personnel: Mike Longo: Piano; Paul West: Bass; Ray Mosca: Drums