- Released: July 8, 2003
- Label: EMI Mod Afw
Mojo (Publisher) - 10/03, p.1284 stars out of 5
- "...LATIN FEVER from 1958 is his most lauded Latin jazz recording where his thrilling bongo style, full of dark, dramatic flourishes, is ably backed by a crack crew of musicians....It's hot stuff..."
- 1.Sax con Ritmo
- 2.Peanut Vendor
- 3.Bajo Numero Uno
- 6.Latin Fever
- 9.La Paloma
- 10.Oye Negra
- 11.Mama Yo Quiero
Personnel: Jack Costanzo (leader, bongos); Jay Corre (tenor saxophone); Paul Lopez (trumpet); Angie Alearaz (flute); Eddie Cano (piano); Tony Reyes (bass); Eddie Aparicio, Ray Rivera (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California in 1958. Originally released on Liberty LST (7020). Includes liner notes by Vance Graham.
Digitally remastered in 24-Bit technology.
Personnel: Jack Costanzo (bongos, percussion); Augie Alcaraz (flute); Jay Corre (tenor saxophone); Paul Lopez (trumpet); Eddie Cano (piano); Eddie Aparicio, Ray Rivera (drums, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Ron McMaster.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (1958).
Typical of most Liberty products of the era, Latin Fever features a gorgeous, if perfectly lewd, jacket, which of course has no particular relevance to the musicians. Costanzo gets to reprise "The Peanut Vendor" ("El Manisero"), which was one of his three big spotlight numbers under Stan Kenton. Better are the five originals, however, including a deadly hip bass spotlight, "Bajo Numero Uno." (Sounds like a precursor to Perez Prado's seven-minute funk version of something that turns out in the last half-minute to be "Tequila.") Eddie Cano enjoys playing standards by Noro Morales and the Lecuonas in this group. While "Taboo" loses some of its exoticism with the bongos, it regains it with Alcaraz' flute. And "Malaguena" here is an excuse for a nearly eight-minute jam! Finally, "Drum-A-Mania" is a Mr. Bongo solo. Costanzo's enormous talent (or perhaps just the in-your-face mix of his bongos) is largely wasted on anything less than the beatnik jive of "Googie." Latin music requires much more subtlety, more sparseness than this. Of course, this is really just a bongo showcase; it is feverish, though. Playing Latinate Hollywood jazz (glued to the chart, commercial, and often cheesy) and promoting both bongos and stereo, Costanzo is perfectly suited to Liberty. Indeed, there are few others of his caliber on the parent label. Note that seven of the Latin Fever tracks are available on the ten-track LP Bongo Fever on Liberty's reissue-compilation label, Sunset. ~ Tony Wilds