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Versatile Mr. Bongo Plays Jazz, Afro and Latin

Versatile Mr. Bongo Plays Jazz, Afro and Latin

by Jack Costanzo
     
 
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

Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Fresh Sounds Spain
UPC:
8427328603799
catalogNumber:
379

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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
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
Unknown   Composer

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