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Label Watch: Consolidated Artists

Mike Longo

Even though pianist Mike Longo had connections with three major labels during the late 1970s, he was getting frustrated with the dictates of their managers: “They tried to rock and roll me to death,” he said. “All they kept asking for was jazz rock.”

Longo’s frustration led him to start his own label, Consolidated Artists Productions (CAP), with his first release coming out in 1979. That recording featured Longo on solo piano, and the praise it received from the jazz press energized the fledgling company to press on to new things.

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