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Jack Costanza and his Afro-Cuban Band: Jack Costanza and his Afro-Cuban Band

Dubbed “Mr. Bongo” by Leonard Feather, Costanzo, like Tito Puente, was a dancer first. He got his start in jazz with Stan Kenton, then played with Nat King Cole. This reissue features five tunes with the vocalist Kaskara, “El Resbaloso” the best of these. The sizzling Cuban-style trumpet of Paul Lopez is heard on “Melao de Caña.” The phenomenal pianist on these 16 tracks is Eddie Cano. Run, don’t walk, to get this one!

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