Soliloquy is everything you want in a jazz ballad and this Mike Longo composition defines his indescribable talent.
I’ll let you read his extensive Resume here with the Who’s Who of players this pianist has worked with through his long career.
He started playing at age three, by fifteen Oscar Peterson had become his idol and he also became his student. Need I say more. Longo was destined to become greatness.
Even though you don’t seem to hear his name with the same notoriety as other famous names don’t be fooled. He didn’t play with the likes of Red Allen, Gene Krupa, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and then get hired the day after Dizzy Gillespie first heard him because he was no good.
On the contrary Longo was a masterpiece in the making and every well-known jazz artist and lover knows the sound of his piano keys. So enjoy the taste.
Released in 1970 off the album, Matrix.
Credits on recording.
Mike Longo – piano, composer
Ron Carter -double bass
Mickey Roker – drums
And he is still teaching, playing and touring with his Trio.