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Saturday, Jan 31 2015 | 06:25
Image: 1595085 A. Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo - Jive Samba

Jack 'Mr Bongo' Costanzo - the man that spawned the name for our label nonetheless! American born bandleader, composer, conducter and dancer nicknamed Mr Bongo for popularising the instrument. Costanzo played with Peggy Lee, Perez Prado, Frank Sinatra and many many more. Clearly a friend of the stars, he taught the likes of Marlon Brando, Betty Gable and Carolyn Jones to play bongos. 'Jive Samba' is taken from his 'Latin Percussion With Soul' album recorded with Gerry Woo, released on Tico in 1968. Previously unreleased on 7".

AA. Al Escobar & His Orchestra - Tighten Up

Columbian Al Escobar's cover of Archie Bell & The Drells classic 'Tighten Up'. Escobar worked with Tito Puente and many other latin greats whilst in the US. 'Tighten Up' was a popular track in the Northern Soul scene in the UK, originally released on their hard to find 'El Sonido Moderno De Al Escobar' LP on Tico in 1967. Previously unreleased on 7".

https://soundcloud.com/mrbongo/sets/latin-45-8-jack-costanzo-gerry-woojive-samba-bw-al-escobar-his-orchestra-tighten-up Available from 20.02.2015
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