UK2LP 2015 (50s)

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The phrase ‘living legend’ is undoubtedly overused but there can be few people more deserving of such an accolade than Jack Costanzo. Born on the 24th September 1919, Costanzo is arguably the most significant percussionist of the modern era. Playing with many key orchestras, leading his own band, appearing in numerous TV shows and films and tutoring bongo playing to the stars, more than any other figure Jack Costanzo brought percussion, specifically Latin percussion and his trademark bongos, to widespread attention. But he wasn’t merely a popularist, he was in turn revered by his peers and critics alike for his natural ability, invention, and perhaps most importantly his sheer versatility. He became known as ‘Mr. Bongo’ (first coined by jazz critic Leonard Feather), and the tag could hardly be more appropriate.

Latin music and its influence in general is often criminally overlooked in music history, but as a white Italian American who rose to prominence playing Latin music at the height of the mambo craze of the 1950s, Jack Costanzo has probably even more neglected. But hopefully not for too much longer as this 23 track retrospective seeks to redress the balance and give him the special treatment his spectacular career deserves. Showcasing many of the musical highlights of his mid-50s peak and featuring extensive liner notes based on new interviews with Costanzo himself, ‘Mr. Bongo’ serves as a perfect introduction to the many who may not yet be aware of Jack Costanzo, as well as providing those who are already fans with the ultimate collection of his work.

A1 Sax Con Ritmo
A2 Caravan
A3 Cumbanchero
A4 Quiere Live
A5 El Diabolito
A6 La La La
A7 Bongo Fever
A8 Taboo
B1 Bei Mir Bist Do Schoen
B2 Malaguena
B3 Peanut Vendor
B4 Jarochito
B5 Adjaye-Adjaye
C1 Bongo Festeris
C2 Tabu
C3 Oye Negra
C4 Atu
C5 Quiere
C6 Goza Negra
C7 Robin’s Mambo
D1 Rabo E Mula
D2 Pharoahs Curse
D3 Latin Fever
D4 Mira Como Los Pollos
D5 Abainaquito
D6 Besame Mucho