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.
What is wrong with this picture, the title of this song cannot even define this obscure trumpeter enough. But look at the rest of the players on this album.
Jimmy Heath on tenor sax, Wynton Kelly on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.
All major known jazz artists except Don Sleet.
At the moment I have no hearing impairment but this guy wasn’t just good, he was great. So what happened?
One album is all he got. “All Members” Released in 1961.
What a damn shame to just sweep this jazz great’s tone under the rug, never ever gaining the recognition he deserved.
I encourage you to look at the entire album, one composition Sleet’s own “Fast Company” blazed. All I can say is he more than belonged.
Sadly Sleet died at the age of just 48 from cancer in 1986.
Many have played this Joaquín Rodrigo composition but in my opinion this group of musicians interpreted it into a stunning Masterpiece that no one else will ever touch.
Jim Hall (On Dec. 4 turned 83 years young) –
guitar (electric & acoustic)
Roland Hanna –
Chet Baker –
Paul Desmond –
Ron Carter –
Steve Gadd –