Latin Fever

Latin Fever

by Jack Costanzo


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Latin Fever

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2003
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724358419320
catalogNumber: 84193
Rank: 106471

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
Bob Russell   Composer
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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