Thursday, 27 August 2009

Cal Tjader “Tjader Plays Mambo”

Cal Tjader

Tjader Plays Mambo
( LP Fantasy Records, 1954- ‘56 )
Catalog # LP 3221
Also issued OJCCD 274-2

01 Yesterdays (3:23)
02 Out Of Nowhere (3:05)
03 Fascinatin’ Rhythm (2:44)
04 Guarachi Guaro (2:55)
05 The Lady Is A Tramp (2:48)
06 It Ain’t Necessarily So (2:02)
07 Have You Met Miss Jones (3:05)
08 For Heaven’s Sake (2:58)
09 Mambo Macumba (2:15)
10 East Of The Sun (3:05)
11 Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (3:07)
12 I Concentrate On You (1:59)

Cal Tjader – Vibraphone, Cencero
Manuel Duran – Piano, Claves
Carlos Duran – Bass
Bayardo Velarde – Timbales, Cencero, Congas
Edgar Rosales – Congas, Maracas
Luis Miranda – Congas (replaces Rosales on #2, 5, 7, 10)
Al Porcino, Charlie Walp, Dick Collins,
John Howell – Trumpet (tracks: #3, 6, 9, 12)

Recorded at Marines Memorial Theater, San Francisco;
September 11 and 21, 1954 and February 21, 1956
Remastering, 1996 – Phil De Lancie
(Fantasy Studios, Berkley)

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.
By Richard S. Ginell (AMG)

By Rob

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