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||Urban Jungle||Mike Longo & The New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble||10:28||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Naima||Mike Longo||6:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Moody's Groove||Mike Longo||9:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love Dreams||Mike Longo||6:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hooters||Mike Longo||7:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Day Spring||Mike Longo||7:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Yomamo||Mike Longo||7:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wee||Mike Longo||4:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It Never Entered My Mind||Mike Longo & The New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble||6:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
A refined set of music from pianist Mike Longo and his big band, or, more accurately, the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble. Highlights include the soaring cadences of "Urban Jungle"; the mid-tempo bossa arrangement of John Coltrane's "Naima," with a beautiful flute solo by Frank Basile; the hint of "Jeepers Creepers" that surfaces during the 5/4 Latin chart "Day Spring"; the overflowing shout choruses on "Wee," an up-tempo romp over rhythm changes; and the closing ballad meditation, "It Never Entered My Mind." Other outstanding soloists include Adam Rafferty on guitar, Patience Higgins on soprano sax, Virgil Jones on tenor, and Bob Magnuson on alto. Whether playing blues, funk, Latin, or full-tilt swing, Longo and his group bring to the table a consistent musical vision, executed with precision and fire. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi
Don't pass this marvelous CD up!
Wow! What a collection of masterful writing and playing as only New York based musicians are capable of. There is not a dull moment on this fabulous outing as it twists and turns through various grooves and textures to the delight of anyone who listens to it. If you don't already have it, get it! You won't be sorry you did! I have listened to it over and over and find something new everytime I hear it. Superb!