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Mike Longo with the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble: Aftermath

Ordinarily, an earthquake is stronger than its aftershock. That may run contrary to Mike Longo’s personal seismograph. Last year he recorded a big band CD for CAP, calling it Explosion; as a follow-up he added to its magnitude by using an even bigger band, with virtually the same personnel, and called it Aftermath.

It boasts seven trumpets, five trombones, six reeds and four rhythm players. Surely Local 802 is happy, but while Longo thinks big, he doesn’t write big. No massed sonorities a la Kenton. The accent is on sparkling solos and charts where the texture of Longo’s writing allows inner voices and passing tones to be heard: Matt Snyder’s bass clarinet on Coltrane’s “Naima”; the gossamer flutes and clarinets on “Love Dreams”; the remarkable arco of Lynn Christie and the piccolo postscript by Frank Basile on a 5/4 bossa nova, “Day Spring.” Dizzy’s supersonic “Wee” is the greatest challenge: Longo transcribed and orchestrated a Sonny Stitt solo for the six saxes that is literally breathtaking. It has shades of Supersax and features great dueling solos with memorable soli.

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