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Mike Longo Trio: Live: Detroit International Jazz Festival

At 64, pianist Mike Longo boasts some of the most enviable credentials in jazzdom: apprenticeship with Cannonball Adderley; study with Oscar Peterson; sideman for Dizzy Gillespie on and off for 22 years; writer of more than a dozen books and study courses in jazz; and he owns the label that captured these sounds, Consolidated Artists Productions (aka CAP).

The set of carefully chosen standards Longo played at the Detroit International Jazz Festival last September, with bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Ray Mosca, is an eloquent example of chamber jazz. There isn’t a wasted or unnecessary note. Longo’s technique is flawless. His harmonic conception is as contemporary and tonal as bebop can take him. Even his “mike-side manner” (each tune is introduced by Longo) is warm, with occasional tongue-in-cheek humor, and he never forgets to credit his sidemen.

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