Jack Costanzo: Back From Havana
Now 78 and still employing the crisp, staccato bongo attack that drove the theme to television’s Mission: Impossible, Costanzo surrounds himself with creative soloists and powerful Latin jazz performers. Gilbert Castellanos, 27, moved to San Diego in 1995 after the members of Black/Note went their separate ways. His soulful trumpet and blazing, high-voltage technique flavor the session strongly. Equally significant in their creative solo output are other horn players, both pianists, and singer Marilu. Thirty-five second audio clips of each track are provided at CuBop’s web site .
Blazing fast, in a Tito Puente mood, the band soars through emotionally charged Latin dance music. Much more effective at a moderate tempo, the band also delivers cool chestnuts, such as Nat Adderley’s “Jive Samba,” where Bill Caballero, Steve Feierabend and Bob Johnston connect with the audience from a soulful solo standpoint. Costanzo’s fiery conga and bongo work penetrates the entire session with characteristic passion. Marilu and powerfully percussive pianist Robert Lanuza fire up the traditional Afro-Cuban “Quimbara.” Costanzo’s album is recommended for its passion, insertion of new & unheralded talent, and fervor.
Track Listing: Descarga.com; La La La; En la Noche; Jive Samba; Mantequilla; Milestones; Quimbara; Na
Personnel: Jack Costanzo- congas, bongos; Lynn Willard, Robert Lanuza- piano; Ignacio Arango- bass; Mike Holguin- drums, timbales, cowbell, coro; Bobby Matos- guiro, chekere, congas, coro; Rene Arauz- alto saxophone; Steve Feierabend- tenor saxophone; Bob Campbell- baritone saxophone; Gilbert Castellanos, Bill Caballero- trumpet; Bob Johnston, April West- trombone; Jorge Camberos- guitar; Fred Ubaldo- keyboards; Marilu- vocals; Betsy Quinones, Ivan Torres, Emilio Camacho, Anthony Dean- coro.
Record Label: Cubop