31 December 2006
JACK COSTANZO AT THE GARDEN OF ALLAH - BONGO FEVER
Now the party's in full swing how else could we follow Tito but with Mr Bongo himself - Jack Costanzo!Here he is scorching the skins for Liberty in the 50s with Carlos Meija on Congas,Jay Corre on Tenor,Gil Barrios on Piano,Tony Reyes on Bass and Chuy Ruiz on Drums. Costanzo's bongo work first gained notice during his long stint with Stan Kenton's band, soloing in many of the Latin numbers Kenton loved. This is a live recording by Costanzo's combo at the Garden of Allah nightclub.Check the sleeve notes:
We went right to the famous Garden of Allah in Hollywood where Mr Bongo himself was appearing... and packing in the tourists and localites who were there to dance and to gaze at the Monroes, Mansfields, etc., swinging their million dollar torsos to the rhythms of the greatest cha cha aggregation yet assembled.
It has been the oft stated opinion of the critics that the best recorded performances can usually be obtained when a group is recorded in familiar surroundings rather than in the austere atmosphere of the recording studio. Listen to the first few bars of this album and you will agree that this wonderful, uninhibited sound could not have been captured in any other way.
Maybe you weren't there, but you'll feel you are now - here is a complete Latin tour de force. Mister Bongo once again asserts his rightful claim to the crown he has worn since his first days with Stan Kenton and Nat "King" Cole.
This one's never made it to a re-issue-this is ripped from the original vinyl.