Bobby Rosengarden

Like -- Bongos!

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Despite its catchy title and Time Series 2000's love affair with channel separation, Like -- Bongos! has its moments. First and foremost is the presence of Johnny Pacheco: Latin all-star, chief exponent of the pachanga, and (at this early date) sideman Latin percussionist. Some of the tracks are repeated on various Time reissues and compilations, particularly "Monterrey" and "Bongolina." While these are the best, "Caravan," "Bongo Frailich," and others are certainly up there too, sure to please the bongo fan. All in all, it's like a Command album from the mid-1960s, only much hipper.