A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way
cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one
of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one
of the jazziest too! Jack's records are all uniformly great – some of our first go-to records for Latin jazz, year after year – and this cooking collection from Jazzman brings together the best Costanzo cuts from a variety of different records, on a variety of different labels – all with great notes that finally give the legend his due! Some numbers feature small combo instrumentation, with searing jazz solos – others feature larger groups who really take off with a lot of vivid colors – and many numbers feature smoking percussion passages from Jack, not just on bongos, but on congas as well. Titles include "Sax Con Ritmo", "Rabo E Mula", "Pharoahs Curse", "Latin Fever", "Abainaquito", "Atu", "Oye Negra", "Tabu", "Bongo Festeris", "Jarochito", "La La La", "Qiere", and "Robin's Mambo".
(Includes a very cool "How To Play Bongos" instructional booklet – replicating one that was included in one of Jack's classic albums!)