You get the feeling in listening to Mike Longo that the pianist is always in complete control of his performances: no errant phrases, no unintended rhythms or ill-timed placement of notes, no treading water in his choruses. His playing aligns with the swinging clarity and well-organized declarations of pianists such as Sonny Clark and Barry Harris; as a veteran of the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet (1966-’75), Longo is thoroughly grounded in rhythm. These attributes are manifest throughout this mainstream session with veteran bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Lewis Nash, plus, on six of the 12 tracks, guests Jimmy Owens on trumpet and Lance Bryant on tenor saxophone. Five of the tunes are Longo originals.
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