I Miss You John
When ascribing motives to certain recordings, the words 'labor of love' are often misused or overused--but not so in the case of Mike Longo's 'I Miss You John,' a heartfelt tribute to Dizzy Gillespie that musically expresses the deep love and respect felt for one of the century's giants of jazz by his longtime pianist, music director, and friend. This is the sort of music that induced the celebrated Gillespie smile--driving, unpretentious riffs and burning solos. It is also tempered by the occasional introspective ballad and performed with the intensity and commitment the maestro admired.
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