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Monday, November 26, 2012

Like_ Bongos

Baia
Like_ Bongos
Conceived And Arranged By Bob Rosengarden and Phil Kraus
Series 2000
Time S/2025
1960

From the notes: The group is led jointly by Bob Rosengarden and Phil Kraus, both of whom are among the top free-lance percussionists in New York. During a nine-year stretch on the National Broadcasting Company staff, Rosengarden was seen regularly on the Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs shows among many others. He does most of the solo bongo work in this set. Kraus, who also served a long apprenticeship in radio and television before going out on his own, plays all the instruments involving mallets – vibes, marimba and xylophone as well as bongos. Handling other percussive sounds are Johnny Pacheco, who specializes in both bongo and conga and Steve Berrios, an expert in all types of Latin American drumming who concentrates on timbales in these numbers. Another essential member with remarkable rapidity from oboe to flute to piccolo to alto and baritone sax.
Other musicians featured on this album include, Al Caiola - guitar, Nick Tagg - keyboards - Frank Carroll - bass.

This is your basic early 60s styled after Command Records ping pong/gate fold product. Good stuff none-the-less.

Here's an interesting concept album by Phil Kraus – Conflict

Taboo
Glow Worm
Mack The Knife
Caravan
Baia
Bongo Frailich
Hawaiian War Chant
Babalu
Monterrey
Bongolina
Yankee Doodle Bongo
Tony's Wife

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