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Oasis by Mike Longo

Oh Yea........Mike Longo & his big band will hit you right where it counts with his dynamic, & I mean a dynamic vocal big band CD project. I'm particularly moved, in that I too have a fine big band& know what Mike has taken on. So, I look to Mike as a soul-mate within the big band idiom. Kudos must resound to Mike regarding his prowess @ composing & arranging. His arrangement of Gershwin's eternal missive, 'Love Walked In' was 'right in your face' perfect for their fine vocalist HilaryGardner to lilt upon. (Note: I hate to sound so mercenary Mike, but if you're willing to send me a copy of that chart, I'm honored to play it in my big band.) This is a band with a flawless sense of crescendo & decrescendo.......Their unison work: In a word, impeccable! This is a vigorous pro-active group with an inventive, virtuosic, technique. They play with an energy that could be classified as unpredictable,but they perform their work with an astounding & consistent high level of artistic intensity. They are definitely going to be heard from for awhile..............At least this writer hopes so!!

PS: If they ever need a 'cameo' vocalist, I'm up for the challenge.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mike Longo
  • CD Title: Oasis
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: CAP
  • Rating: Five Stars
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