Versatile Mr. Bongo Plays Jazz, Afro and Latin

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Jack Costanzo was a true pioneer in playing jazz on Latin instruments. In his long career he was always best known for his bongo playing, although he also performed on conga frequently. He gained fame for his work in the late '40s with Stan Kenton's orchestra and as a member of the Nat King Cole Trio which became a quartet during 1949-1951. Since then, Costanzo has been heard in a wide variety of settings. This Fresh Sound release reissues two of Costanzo's first sessions as a leader. Most jazz-oriented are five of the first six selections, which feature Costanzo in a pair of overlapping septets with such players as Rolf Ericson or John Anderson on trumpet, altoist Herbie ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Jack Costanzo was a true pioneer in playing jazz on Latin instruments. In his long career he was always best known for his bongo playing, although he also performed on conga frequently. He gained fame for his work in the late '40s with Stan Kenton's orchestra and as a member of the Nat King Cole Trio which became a quartet during 1949-1951. Since then, Costanzo has been heard in a wide variety of settings. This Fresh Sound release reissues two of Costanzo's first sessions as a leader. Most jazz-oriented are five of the first six selections, which feature Costanzo in a pair of overlapping septets with such players as Rolf Ericson or John Anderson on trumpet, altoist Herbie Steward, Bill Holman or Tom Brown on tenor, and pianist Gerry Wiggins in 1954. That project also resulted in "Mambo Costanzo," which showcases Costanzo unaccompanied. The bulk of the CD has Costanzo with a brass section either six or eight pieces, pianist Eddie Cano, a bassist, and either three or four percussionists/drummers in 1956. The performances are jazzy rather than straightforward jazz, with the orchestra emphasizing ensembles and being propelled by the percussionists. A couple of the tunes are tongue-in-cheek including "Diga Diga Doo" or lightweight "Row Row Row", and John Anderson's arrangements hint at both movie music and Stan Kenton. But there are many moments of interest. In summary, this CD brings back a couple of Jack Costanzo's most important early projects as a leader, showing why he was known as "Mr. Bongo."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
  • EAN: 8427328603799
  • Catalog Number: 379
  • Sales rank: 310,408

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bottlabud (5:32)
  2. 2 Satin Doll (4:12)
  3. 3 Maggie (4:10)
  4. 4 G and J Blues (5:57)
  5. 5 Mambo Costanzo (3:24)
  6. 6 Yukon Mambo (2:51)
  7. 7 Burley Q Bongo (3:17)
  8. 8 The Continental (2:09)
  9. 9 Equinox (2:44)
  10. 10 Bei Mir Bist du Schön (2:47)
  11. 11 Blue Prelude (2:36)
  12. 12 Young Man with a Horn (2:49)
  13. 13 Diga Diga Doo (2:11)
  14. 14 Street Scene (2:28)
  15. 15 El Diablito (2:09)
  16. 16 Man with the Golden Arm (2:34)
  17. 17 Barney Google (3:06)
  18. 18 Row Row Row (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Costanzo Primary Artist, Bongos, Conga
Herbie Harper Trombone
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne Drums
Tom Brown Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Cano Piano
Herbie Steward Alto Saxophone
Al Bartee Drums
Harry Betts Trombone
Joe Comfort Bass
Rolf Ericson Trumpet
Paul Lopez Trumpet
Larance Marable Drums
Jimmy Salko Trumpet
Tony Terran Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Jackie Mills Drums
Ramon Rivera Conga
Gerry Wiggins Piano
Tony Reyes Bass
Ray Heath Trombone
John Anderson Trumpet
Technical Credits
Elmer Bernstein Composer
Bill Holman Arranger, Composer
Eddie Cano Arranger
Con Conrad Composer
Jack Costanzo Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Paul Lopez Arranger
Herbert Magidson Composer
Lionel Newman Composer
Gerry Wiggins Arranger
Bill Hitchcock Arranger
P. Lopez Composer
Jordi Pujol Producer
John Anderson Arranger
The Unknown Composer
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