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Album Review

Pianist Mike Longo is still best-known for his long association with Dizzy Gillespie but he has also worked with James Moody, led quite a few recording dates of his own, and kept busy in his post-Gillespie years. Longo is heard throughout this CD in top form, mostly exploring jazz standards including "Woody 'n' You," "Tin Tin Deo," and "Limehouse Blues." His one original, "Dawn of a New Day," is a medium-tempo blues. A couple of the pieces ("Speak Low" and "Freedom Jazz Dance") are given funky rhythms but this is primarily a straight-ahead session with the pianist (who is assisted by either Paul West, Ben Brown, or John Lee on bass and Ray Mosca or Ignacio Berroa on drums) displaying his command of the bebop vocabulary. An easily enjoyable effort.

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Dawn of a New Day

A great CD that swings heavy throughout! Different types of grooves including latin and funk but all of it great jazz. One you will listen too many times for many years. Get it!


Born: March 19, 1939 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Mike Longo is best-known as a reliable and versatile player who was the pianist with Dizzy Gillespie during 1966-1973. He started taking piano lessons when he was three, played professionally when he was 15, and while in high school in Ft. Lauderdale, he had the opportunity to play with Cannonball Adderley. In 1960, Longo worked at the Metropole in New York with Red Allen and Coleman Hawkins, spent 1961 living in Toronto (where he studied with Oscar Peterson), and then returned to New York, where...
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Dawn of a New Day, Mike Longo
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Blues, Bop
  • Released: Feb 24, 1998

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