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HOPPO intro of a band

Posted in Hoppo Band, Latin Sounds on July 3, 2011 by Listen Recovery


Jack Costanzo and Gerrie Woo Latin Percussion with Soul words/notes by STEVE KADER (Listen Recovery)

Posted in Latin Sounds, Listen Recovery on September 29, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Master bongosero/conguero Jack “Mr. Bongo” Costanzo was at the top of his game in 1968. His twenty-three previous years as one of the top percussionists in jazz and Latin music had taken him all over the world, and he was constantly in demand as a bandleader and studio session player and for work in motion pictures. His bands had always featured the top musicians in the Los Angeles area in the jazz and Latin fields, but an eight-week spring engagement in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the San Juan International Hotel was the impetus for Latin Percussion with Soul. “What happened in Puerto Rico was the crowd fired up the band,” says band member and timbalero Pat Rodríguez. “It was a loud and responsive crowd that forced us as musicians above our limits.” He adds, “The entire band was smoking, and their time was impeccable. All of the group surpassed their normal level of playing, with Jack and bassist Humberto Cané pushing me forward.”
Born in 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, Jack Costanzo universally gets credit for introducing the bongo drums to American jazz. As a teenager, he witnessed a Puerto Rican dance group whose leader played bongos, and there was no looking back. With no one to help, Costanzo had to teach himself to play. He fashioned a pair of bongos out of wooden butter tubs and began his long percussion quest. He started in show business in his later teens as a dancer and then toured with his soon-to-be first wife, Marda Saxton, as a dance team, finally ending up in Los Angeles after serving in the Navy in World War II. His dance career in Los Angeles began as an instructor at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Latin bandleader Bobby Ramos first saw him playing in a jam session in 1946, which sparked his career as a professional musician. In the mid-’40s, he worked with a number of bands including those of René Touzet, Desi Arnaz, and the Lecuona Cuban Boys, but his big break came in 1947 when jazz giant Stan Kenton brought him into his orchestra. His pioneering bongo work is heard on such Kenton classics as “The Peanut Vendor,” “Cuban Carnival,” “Bongo Riff,” “Monotony,” and “Abstraction.”
After the breakup of Stan Kenton’s band in the late ’40s, Jack then moved on to a lucrative gig with Nat King Cole. Costanzo worked with Cole from 1949 to 1953 and can be heard on the classic tunes “Calypso Blues” and “Go Bongo.” After his tenure with Cole ended, Jack then started his own band and released Afro Cuban Jazz North-of-the-Border for Norgran Records in 1955. His mambo/Latin-jazz dream, though, came to fruition on his 1957 GNP Crescendo Records LP, Mr. Bongo, thus leading to groundbreaking records through the ’50s and ’60s with the Verve, Liberty, Sunset, Tico, Zephyr, Clarity, Tops, and Golden Tone labels. In the live arena, his band maintained a status as one of the top Latin orchestras in Los Angeles throughout the ’50s and ’60s with amazing players coming out of his band, including Eddie Cano, Al Escobar, Chino Pozo, Johnny “La Vaca” Rodríguez, Modesto Duran, Luis Miranda, Vladimir Vasiloff, and Carlos Vidal. Costanzo was constantly at work in the studio and at concerts and club engagements, working with luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Lester Young, Max Roach, Bud Powell, Harry James, Buddy Rich, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Esquivel, Pérez Prado, the Supremes, and Sam Cooke.
“The people in the band on Latin Percussion with Soul were all people that I knew, and we were comfortable as musicians,” notes Costanzo. “At the time, they were all at the top of their field.” Leading the charge on the record are such heavyweights as Puerto Rican timbalero Pat Rodríguez, Cuban bassist Humberto Cané, and Mexican trumpeter Paul López with impressive playing credentials behind them in the groups of Tito Rodríguez, Eddie Palmieri, Sonora Matancera, Noro Morales, Machito, and Miguelito Valdés. Producer Pancho Cristal heard the band was tearing up the island in 1968 and immediately flew to San Juan to check out the hype—the band was signed immediately to Tico Records with well-respected pianist Héctor Rivera put in place as arranger. “Jack would take trips to New York City and sit in with bands dating back to the early ’40s,” states Rodríguez. “On the West Coast, he couldn’t get an Eastern flavor or New York City sound, so this was his chance to make it happen.” This comes to life in such fiery mambo instrumentals as “Recuerdos,” “Mambo Jack,” and “Mantequilla” in addition to the swinging cha-cha “Que Vengo Acabanado” featuring Johnny Nelson on vocals.
Costanzo’s true vision, though, was a crossover record in the vein of boogaloo or Latin soul, as he states, “I told Héctor Rivera I wanted to do a track that would do as well as Mongo Santamaria’s ‘Watermelon Man.’ Several songs and ideas were mentioned, and I brought to the table Cannonball Adderley’s ‘Jive Samba,’ Booker T. and the MGs’ ‘Green Onions,’ and the Gerrie Woo numbers.” Ex–Playboy bunny Woo, Costanzo’s second wife, does a credible job on vocals on the tunes “Hey Boy (Hey Girl),” “Words,” “Some Kind-A Wonderful,” and “Don’t Squeeze the Peaches,” but it’s the instrumental monster “Jive Samba” that is the album’s showstopper, without a doubt. Says Costanzo, “I think ‘Jive Samba’ is the main song of the album. My main contribution on it was telling Humberto what I wanted in the bass line. I wrote it and wanted to keep the structure and phrasing modern and up to date.” He adds, “Those notes hit you someway that notes aren’t supposed to.” Adds Rodríguez, “It came out exactly how we wanted it to come out with the groove, and no clashes in the rhythm.” To this day, Costanzo is proud of the track, which appears on numerous compilations and as sample fodder around the globe.
“I give the writer Nat Adderley and my great musicians a lot of credit,” Costanzo humbly says. In closing, Rodríguez adds, “It was a tremendous feeling in Puerto Rico and in the studio how this band gelled.” Indeed, Latin Percussion with Soul showcases musicians and songs that come together with mucho swing and sabor!

(Tico 1177) Originally released in the fall of 1968
Produced by Pancho Cristal
Arranged by Héctor Rivera (except for “Jive Samba” by Jay Corre)
Recorded at Bell Sound Studio, Hollywood, summer of 1968
Remastered by Alex Abrash/Wax Poetics
Mastering Liner notes by Steve Kader

Personnel Jack “Mr. Bongo” Costanzo: congas, bongos
Gerrie Woo: lead vocal
Johnny Nelson: lead vocal (“Que Vengo Acabando”), coro
Pat Rodríguez: timbales, cowbell
Frank De Vito: trap drums
Humberto Cané: bass
Eddie Cano: piano
Paul López: trumpet
Marcus Cabuto: trumpet
Tony Terran: trumpet
Jimmy Salko: trumpet
Jay Corre: tenor sax
Bob Hernández: tenor sax, flute
Burke Hatfield: alto sax
Dick Holgate: baritone sax
Héctor Rivera: coro


Posted in download dj mix, Latin Sounds on May 11, 2010 by Listen Recovery

1. SB1070 (Intro)
2. Joe Cuba – “Cuenta Bien” (Hecho Y Derecho. Tico, 1973)
3. Música y Sangre (Interlude)
4. Les Shleu Shleu – “L’evangile” (A New York. MiniRecords, 1972)
5. Mulatu Astatke and His Ethiopean Quintet – “I Faram Gammi I Faram (Afro-Latin Soul. Worthy, 1966)
6. Alfredo Linares – “Tiahuanaco” (Buenisimas Vol. 2. Sonolux, 1982)
7. Rodolfo Y Su Tipico – “Colegiala” (14 Canciones Bailables Vol. 20. Discos Fuentes 1980)
8. Darigil Y Su Conjuntu – “Cumbia Calentana” (Buenisimas Vol. 2. Sonolux, 1982)
9. Chamaco Avila – “Canta Pescador” (Cumbias Para Bailar. Discos Corona, 196?)
10. Gardner Lalanne – “Anana” (a New York a Vec Les Loups Noirs. Macaya 1972)
11. Los Hijos Del Sol – “Si Me Quieres” (The Roots of Chicha. Barbés, 2007)
12. Azymuth – “Tamborim, Cuíca, Ganzá, Berimbau” (Águia Não Come Mosca. Atlantic, 1977)
13. Paulinho E Sua Bateria – “Baião, rojão e maracatú” (Batucada. Phillips, 1966)
14. Manduka Y Los Jaivas – “Date Una Vuelta En El Aire” (Los Sueños De América. Movieplay, 1974)
15. Sexteto Tabalá – “Manuela” (Los Reyes Del Son Palenquero. Palenque, 1999)
16. Combo Los Galleros – “Soledad” (A Orillas Del Magdalena. Domino Sound, 2009)
17. Climaco Sarmiento – “Cumbia Sabrosa” (Más Cumbia. Discos Fuentes, 196?)
18. Buyepongo – “La Loma” (Maxi Single. Self-released, 2010)
19. Chicha Libre – “Cumbia Del Zapatero” (Sonido Amazonico. Barbés, 2008)
20. El Hijo De La Cumbia – “Soy El Control” (Freestyle De Ritmos. Soot, 2008)
21. Joe Arpaio (Outro)

LOS ORIENTALES DE PARAMONGA, Peru (via Super Sonido blog)

Posted in download single song, Latin America Music 70-80, Latin Sounds, LP Covers, Peru Cumbia, Peru Music Icon on April 19, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Los Orientales de Paramonga on SUPER SONIDO BLOG

SACRED RHYTHMS by dj DON CUCO (download full mix)

Posted in Dj Don Cuco remix, download dj mix, Latin Sounds on April 3, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Sacred Rhythms by DJ DON CUCO (download full mix)

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FRANCISCO AGUABELLA Tribute to the legendary MARCH 9th 8pm-1am $20

Posted in Afro Sounds, jazz icons, L.A Events, Latin Sounds on March 9, 2010 by Listen Recovery
Sadly, Cuban drum master Francisco Aguabella is very ill. Ubiquity has had the honor of working with Aguabella on our CuBop label.
Chano Pozo is widely acknowledged as the first Cuban drummer to make a mark in the American music scene. Directly following him were Patato Valdez, Candido, Mongo Santamaria and Francisco Aguabella. As a master of the Bata (talking drum) Aguabella immediately impressed many. He was hired early on by Dizzy Gillespie and during his career has played and recorded with Peggy Lee, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Malo and Carlos Santana.

Francisco is one of the first echelon of drummers who came to America and are responsible for all drummes that came after them,” said Latin percussionist John Santos in the movie “Sworn To The Drum”. “He is one of the strongholds of our music and has always kept the commitment to our Cuban rhythm. He plays with everybody but always maintains our rhythm, that’s very important,” added Isreal “Cachao” Lopez.

Releases on Cubop include the rare groove gem “Hitting Hard,” along with Afro Cuban jazz releases “Agua De Cuba”, “H2O,” “Ochimini” and “Cubacan.”

AFROSOUND “La Danza De Los Mirlos” (download mp3)

Posted in Afro Sounds, Colombia Music, Cumbias, digging, download single song, Latin America Music 70-80, Latin Sounds, Listen Recovery on March 6, 2010 by Listen Recovery

AFROSOUND La Danza De Los Mirlos (download mp3)

TRIORGANICO @ Hancock Univ. LB, March 28th 2010 (footage by Listen Recovery)

Posted in Bossa Nova, Latin Sounds, Listen Recovery, Triorganico on March 1, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Triorganico Bio > Link

During March of 2009, to be exact March 20th, We attended the annual Royce Hall EVA AYLLON Concert.  After the performance we notice a new instrumentalist on stage, who Eva announced as his new invite on her tour,  letting us know that we was the percussionist for Mark Anthony.  His name Ricardo “Tiki” Pasillas, who shared some words as we and Marco Campos exchanged inside jokes… Pasillas was kind to introduce himself to us as we approached Lima Lounge in Tarzana (after-party destination after Eva’s show) where of course in natural tradition we shared some burns in the air.  It was a beautiful night along the Hermanos Campos (Peru Negro).

Fabiano Do Nacimiento reached my hand a few times with Sergiob Melnizecho, as well in different terms with my brethren Aloe Blacc.  I had heard many good things musically from Aloe about Fabiano… I guess sooner or later we would meet and give our chats outs on about music… cool cat!.

As for Pablo Calogero, is my first time meeting him… I was very pleased to see his abilities on the flute brass and the Colombian Gaitas… took me by surprise.

Today March 28th, after having a notion about Ricardo’s new Triorganico, I encounter myself with the humble/strong band in my own town of Long Beach.  The opportunity of coming along with my partner in crime MightyJunebugg to a Haiti Relief silent art action would have never gave me the idea to think I would experience a brief evening with the trio.  It was around 8:30pm, 30 min before the closing of the action, in where I had bit on one painting.  Ricardo “Tiki” setting up, true indeed, the band was setting up and around 8:45pm the Triorganico started to bless us with some deep bossa nova brazilian jazz fusion… here is Triorganico from Listen Recovery’s eye… dig it

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y regresa al blog de Recovery “DJ DON CUCO” (podOmatic/Podcast – Dj Don Cuco)

Posted in Latin Sounds, podcast link on February 27, 2010 by Listen Recovery

previews post on Listen Recovery about DJ DON CUCO

Mas Exitos: Febrero 9 del 2010 con Dj Tropicaza desde Mexico “Rompiendo los tornamesas”

Posted in L.A Events, Latin Sounds, photography on February 10, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Tropicaza con Ganas y Chico Sonido – photos de Kevin Ramos (Mas Exitos)