Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tjader Plays Mambo !!

Having finished his tenure with George Shearing in 1954, a thoroughly
Latin-inoculated Cal Tjader took off on his own, recording several
short slices of infectious Latin jazz, from which a dozen were selected
for this album. Many of the selections are standards retrofitted with
percolating Latin rhythms, cut and shaped to fit the old three-minute
limit of 45 or 78 rpm singles. Tjader's crystalline vibes are teamed
with a San Francisco Latin percussion section that lays down the
grooves crisply and succinctly, with an occasional emulation of the
more laid-back Shearing Latin sound ("East of the Sun"). Elsewhere,
Cal experiments with a hot four-man trumpet section on four of the
tracks, the best of which is a rhumba version of "Fascinating Rhythm."
The earliest Tjader-led recording of "Guarachi Guaro" (later known as
"Soul Sauce") is also included here. These seminal tracks helped
launch the Cal Tjader Latin jazz style, and they still sound fresher
than many other such historical landmarks. from

Bass – Carlos Duran
Congas – Edgar Rosales, Luis Miranda
Maracas – Edgar Rosales
Piano, Claves – Manuel Duran
Timbales, Cowbell, Congas – Bayardo Velarde
Trumpet – Al Porcino, Charlie Walp, Dick Collins, John Howell
Vibraphone, Cowbell – Cal Tjader

Cal Tjader
recorded live in
1954 & 1956