Jack Costanzo

The Versatile Mr. Bongo Plays Jazz, Afro & Latin

Fresh Sound Records

Jack Costanzo (bongos, conga), Rolf Ericson (tp), Bill Holman (ts), Gerald Wiggins (p), Joe Comfort (b), Lawrence Marable (d), Eddie Cano (p), Herbie Harper (tb), Jimmy Salko (tp), Tonny Terran (tp), Shelly Manne (d)

Reference: FSRCD 379

Bar code: 8427328603799

The one man most responsible for the growth of the bongo craze in jazz music is "Mister Bongo", Jack Costanzo. He was the first bongo drummer to join a jazz orchestra when in 1947 he became part of the Stan Kenton organization. His musicianship was so unique that Kenton even had 'Bongo Riff' written to feature Costanzo.
This CD contains the most outstanding recordings Mr. Bongo made under his own name. The first 6 tunes were the first Jack recorded as a leader in 1954. On the following 12 tracks, all recorded in summer of 1956, Jack Costanzo sets his unique percussive sound to a setting of swinging brass and it takes all the brilliance of five trumpets to answer the articulate and exciting rhythm patterns Jack lays down.
This CD is full of provocative and stimulating numbers. It is a great introduction to the many facets of The Versatile 'Mr. Bongo'.


1. Bottlabud (Holman) 5:32
2. Satin Doll (Ellington) 4:12
3. Maggie (PD) 4:10
4. G and J Blues (Wiggins-Costanzo) 5:57
5. Mambo Costanzo (Costanzo) 3:24
6. Yukon Mambo (Costanzo) 2:51
7. Burley Q Mambo (Hitchcock) 3:17
8. The Continental (Conrad-Magidson) 2:09
9. Equinox (Costanzo) 2:44
10. Bei mir Bist du Schoen (Bach-Friedman) 2:47
11. Blue Prelude (Jenkins-Bishop) 2:36
12. Young Man With a Horn (Stoll-Freed) 2:49
13. Diga Diga Doo (McHugh-Fields) 2:11
14. Street Scene (Newman) 2:28
15. El Diablito (Costanzo-Lopez) 2:09
16. Man With the Golden Arm (Bernstein) 2:34
17. Barney Google (Rose-Conrad) 3:06
18. Row Row Row (Lopez) 2:17

Tracks #1-6: Recorded in Hollywood, December 1954.
Tracks #7-18: Recorded in Hollywood, June 8 and July 3, 1956.
Arrangements by Bill Holman, Gerry Wiggins, Paul Lopez, John Anderson, Bill Hitchcock, Eddie Cano.

1-2: Jack Costanzo (bgos, cga), Rolf Ericson (tp), Bill Holman (ts), Gerry Wiggins (p), Joe Comfort (b), Lawrence Marable (d).

5: Jack Costanzo (bgos).

3-4* & 6: Jack Costanzo (bgos, cga), John Anderson (tp), Tom Brown (ts), Gerry Wiggins (p), Jack Coughlan (b), Al Bartee or Jackie Mills* (d).

8-12, 15 & 17: Jack Costanzo (bgos, cga), Jack Terran, Paul Lopez, John Anderson, Jimmy Salko (tp), Lloyd Ulyate, Ray Heath, Herbie Harper (tb), Eugene W. Ober (fh), Eddie Cano (p), Tony Reyes (b), Willie Gallardo (d,timbales), Ramon Rivera (cgas), Manuel Ochoa (maracas, perc).

7, 13-14, 16 & 18: Jack Costanzo (bgos, cga), Jack Terran, Paul Lopez, John Anderson, Jimmy Salko (tp), Harry Betts, Herbie Harper (tb), Eddie Cano (p), Tony Reyes (b), Willie Gallardo (d,timbales), Ramon Rivera (cgas), Manuel Ochoa (maracas, perc), Shelly Manne (d).


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