A groundbreaking set of Latin Jazz from the early 60s – and a Trans-Atlantic one as well! The album's a rare set by American percussion Jack "Mr Bongo" Costa
nzo – recorded in London, with help from some of that city's great jazz players at the time. The feel of the material is a bit similar to some of Costa
nzo's American work for Liberty and Atlantic at the time – but also has a style that's freer, and more exotic – steeped in the cross-cultural vibe of the post-colonial London scene of the time. Most tracks feature a larger group led by Costa
nzo, with breakout solo performances that include trumpet by Shake Keane, drums by Phil Seaman, and flute by "Little Jesus" – who is most likely West Indian/
Brit Jazz legend Harold McNair, as we'd certainly guess from his very soulful solo work! A few other tracks have Costa
nzo playing with the larger Tubby Hayes group – hitting a modal jazz groove that's right up there with Hayes' own great work of the time, and which is as hip as anything coming out of the states at the time. There's a wonderful feel throughout the session – otherworldly, almost – with far more than just the combination of Latin jazz and British influences that you'd guess from the cover! Titles include "Southern Suite", "Lament For Cello", "Semliki Torrent", "Question & Answer", "Tribal Supoena", and "Bongo Montuno".
(Out of print, includes obi.)