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Album: Explosion
# Song Title   Time
1)    Eternal Triangle
2)    Blue Gil
3)    Along Came Betty
4)    Porgy and Bess Medley
5)    Frisco
6)    Dancing on the Moon
7)    Night in Tunisia, A
8)    Younger Than Springtime
9)    Kush
10)    It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
 
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  • /New York State Of The Art Jazz Ensemble.
  • Mike Longo/New York State Of The Art Jazz Ensemble: Mike Longo (piano); Joe Shepley, Burt Collins, Virgil Jones, Ryan Kysor, Greg Sisbert, Senneca Black (trumpet); Wayne Andre, Sam Burtis, Bob Suttmann, Johnathan Greenberg (trombone); Bob Magnuson, Lee Greene, Frank Perowsky, Bob Curtis, Frank Basile, Matt Snyder (woodwinds); Adam Rafferty (guitar); Lynn Christie, Cameron Brown (bass); Darryl Pelegrini (drums).
  • Personnel: Mike Longo (piano); Adam Rafferty (guitar); Frank Perowsky (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lee Greene (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); Frank Basile (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bob Curtis (clarinet, alto saxophone); Matt Snyder (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Bob Magnuson (oboe, English horn, alto saxophone); Greg Gisbert, Virgil Jones, Joe Shepley, Burt Collins (trumpet); Sam Burtis, Wayne Andre (trombone); Jonathan Greenberg (bass trombone).
  • Audio Mixer: Jim Czak.
  • Recording information: Club Room, Local 802 (1999).
  • Editor: Tom Spahn.
  • Pianist Mike Longo put together a fine big band of New York players for this swinging effort. The tunes are generally boppish and his arrangements are somewhat reminiscent of the music played by Dizzy Gillespie's big bands although with his own modern touches. Among the key soloists are tenor-saxophonist Frank Perowsky, altoist Lee Greene, and trumpeters Virgil Jones and Burt Collins among others. Some of the more memorable selections include "The Eternal Traingle," a Porgy and Bess medley, "A Night in Tunisia," and "It Don't Mean a Thing" (which is played surprisingly slow). Although nothing overly innovative occurs, there are plenty of subtle surprises on this fairly unpredictable but always swinging set. ~ Scott Yanow
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (5/00, p.158) - "...Stimulating....Longo's ensemble is salted with seasoned musicians who share his long and balanced view of the bop and post-bop tradition....impressive....Good solos. Good arrangements. Good band."
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