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Thursday, Oct 15 2015 | 06:24
Image: 1600379 26 RED HOT SKIN SLAPPIN' BONGO BASHIN' LATIN JAZZ N' MAMBO BANGERS - 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.

· All tracks digitally restored from original sources

· Deluxe double-gatefold 2LP vinyl WITH FREE 'HOW TO PLAY THE BONGOS' 20 PAGE BOOKLET INSIDE!

· CD with 16 page colour booklet

· Original cover art from Derek Yaniger

· Both formats contain pics & notes provided personally by Jack Costanzo himself


1. Jack Costanzo - Sax con ritmo (feat. Eddie Cano)
2. Jack Costanzo & His Afro Cuban Band - Caravan
3. Jack Costanzo - Cumbanchero (feat. Eddie Cano)
4. Jack Costanzo - Quiere (Live)
5. Jack Costanzo - El diablito
6. Jack Costanzo & His Afro Cuban Band - La La La
7. Jack Costanzo - Bongo Fever
8. Jack Costanzo - Taboo (feat. Eddie Cano)
9. Jack Costanzo - Bei mir bist du schoen
10. Jack Costanzo - Malaguena (feat. Eddie Cano)
11. Jack Costanzo - Peanut Vendor (feat. Eddie Cano)
12. Jack Costanzo - Jarochito
13. Jack Costanzo - Adjaye adjaye
14. Jack Costanzo & His Afro Cuban Band - Bongo festeris
15. Andre's Cuban All Stars - Tabu (feat. Jack Costanzo)
16. Jack Costanzo - Oye negra (feat. Eddie Cano)
17. Jack Costanzo - Atu
18. Jack Costanzo - Quiere
19. Jack Costanzo & His Afro Cuban Band - Goza negra
20. Eddie Cano & Jack Costanzo - Robins Mambo (feat. Tony Martinez & His Orchestra)
21. Jack Costanzo - Rabo e Mula
22. Eddie Cano & Jack Costanzo - Pharoah's Curse (feat. Tony Martinez & His Orchestra)
23. Jack Costanzo - Latin Fever (feat. Eddie Cano)
24. Jack Costanzo - Mira como los pollos
25. Jack Costanzo & His Afro Cuban Band - Abainaquito
26. Eddie Cano & Jack Costanzo - Besame mucho (feat. Tony Martinez & His Orchestra)
Available from 27.11.2015
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