Latin Fever

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All Music Guide - Tony Wilds
Typical of most Liberty products of the era, Latin Fever features a gorgeous, if perfectly lewd, jacket, which of course has no particular relevance to the musicians. Costanzo gets to reprise "The Peanut Vendor" "El Manisero", which was one of his three big spotlight numbers under Stan Kenton. Better are the five originals, however, including a deadly hip bass spotlight, "Bajo Numero Uno." Sounds like a precursor to Perez Prado's seven-minute funk version of something that turns out in the last half-minute to be "Tequila." Eddie Cano enjoys playing standards by Noro Morales and the Lecuonas in this group. While "Taboo" loses some of its exoticism with the bongos, it regains ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tony Wilds
Typical of most Liberty products of the era, Latin Fever features a gorgeous, if perfectly lewd, jacket, which of course has no particular relevance to the musicians. Costanzo gets to reprise "The Peanut Vendor" "El Manisero", which was one of his three big spotlight numbers under Stan Kenton. Better are the five originals, however, including a deadly hip bass spotlight, "Bajo Numero Uno." Sounds like a precursor to Perez Prado's seven-minute funk version of something that turns out in the last half-minute to be "Tequila." Eddie Cano enjoys playing standards by Noro Morales and the Lecuonas in this group. While "Taboo" loses some of its exoticism with the bongos, it regains it with Alcaraz' flute. And "Malaguena" here is an excuse for a nearly eight-minute jam! Finally, "Drum-A-Mania" is a Mr. Bongo solo. Costanzo's enormous talent or perhaps just the in-your-face mix of his bongos is largely wasted on anything less than the beatnik jive of "Googie." Latin music requires much more subtlety, more sparseness than this. Of course, this is really just a bongo showcase; it is feverish, though. Playing Latinate Hollywood jazz glued to the chart, commercial, and often cheesy and promoting both bongos and stereo, Costanzo is perfectly suited to Liberty. Indeed, there are few others of his caliber on the parent label. Note that seven of the Latin Fever tracks are available on the ten-track LP Bongo Fever on Liberty's reissue-compilation label, Sunset.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724358419320
  • Catalog Number: 84193
  • Sales rank: 192,521

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sax Con Ritmo (1:58)
  2. 2 Peanut Vendor (2:26)
  3. 3 Bajo Numero Uno (3:10)
  4. 4 Taboo (2:45)
  5. 5 Malaguena (7:40)
  6. 6 Latin Fever (3:01)
  7. 7 Cumbanchero (2:22)
  8. 8 Hornacopia (2:28)
  9. 9 La Paloma (2:06)
  10. 10 Oye Negra (2:26)
  11. 11 Mama Yo Quiero (2:30)
  12. 12 Drum-A-Mania (2:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Costanzo Primary Artist, Percussion, Bongos, Leader
Eddie Cano Piano
Jay Corre Tenor Saxophone
Paul Lopez Trumpet
Ray Rivera Percussion, Drums
Tony Reyes Bass
Augie Alcaraz Flute
Eddie Aparicio Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Ernesto Lecuona Composer
Noro Morales Composer
Eddie Cano Composer
Rafael Hernández Composer
Sebastián Yradier Composer
Jay Corre Composer
Jack Costanzo Composer
Ron McMaster Remastering
Bob Russell Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Johnnie Camacho Composer
Margarita Lecuona Composer
Tony Reyes Composer
Ted Keep Engineer
L. Wolfe Gilbert Composer
Nat Simon Composer
Ray Stanley Producer
Marion Sunshine Composer
Miles Perlich Reissue Producer
Jessica Novod Berenblat Reissue Design
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