Sonny Costanzo

Promises to Keep

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Trombonist Sonny Costanzo, who died in 1993, had a beautiful tone and a swinging style. On several occasions he visited Czechoslovakia, and the music on this CD is drawn from three such visits. Costanzo is the main soloist while accompanied by either the Big Band Czech Radio or the Golden Strings. The music only includes three standards ("Stella by Starlight," "Wave," and "The Shadow of Your Smile") but the originals and obscurities swing and Costanzo is inspired to play at his best. This obscure release is a fine memorial tribute to the underrated trombonist.

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