Tjader Plays Mambo

Tjader Plays Mambo

by Cal Tjader


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/1996
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218627429
catalogNumber: 274
Rank: 91081

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cal Tjader   Primary Artist,Timbales,Vibes,Cencerro
Dick Collins   Trumpet
Manuel Duran   Piano,Claves
Luis Miranda   Conga
Porcino   Trumpet
Carlos Duran   Bass
John Howell   Trumpet
Edward Rosalies   Bongos,Conga
Bayardo Velarde   Conga,Timbales,Cencerro
Edward Verlardi   Bongos,Conga
Charlie Walp   Trumpet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ralph J. Gleason   Liner Notes
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Sholom Secunda   Composer
Don Meyer   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer

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