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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This two-CD compilation brings together two outstanding recordings from late in Cal Tjader's career. The first disc, released as A Fuego Vivo, comes from a 1981 concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. One thing apparent right away is that Tjader is generous in featuring and acknowledging the contributions of his sidemen, in addition to adding a few hot solos of his own. "Poncho Con Dos Amigos" is an exciting extended feature for conga great Poncho Sanchez, whose own career as a leader took off not long after Tjader's passing. The leader's exotic "Mindinao," and multi-reed player Gary Foster's lovely ballad "Tesoro," are also memorable. Less successful is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This two-CD compilation brings together two outstanding recordings from late in Cal Tjader's career. The first disc, released as A Fuego Vivo, comes from a 1981 concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. One thing apparent right away is that Tjader is generous in featuring and acknowledging the contributions of his sidemen, in addition to adding a few hot solos of his own. "Poncho Con Dos Amigos" is an exciting extended feature for conga great Poncho Sanchez, whose own career as a leader took off not long after Tjader's passing. The leader's exotic "Mindinao," and multi-reed player Gary Foster's lovely ballad "Tesoro," are also memorable. Less successful is the watered down arrangement of John Coltrane's "Naima," which strips away too much of the melody, though his campy treatment of the often humdrum "The Continental" more than makes up for it. The second disc, originally released as Good Vibes two years after "Tjader"'s death, kicks off with a crowd-pleasing take of Dizzy Gillespie's "Guachi Guaro Soul Sauce," showcasing bassist Rob Fisher, drummer Vince Lateano, and Foster on soprano sax. Tjader introduces his band with enthusiasm as they launch into Sonny Rollins' "Doxy." Pianist Mark Levine, who is present on both dates, composed the smoking salsa "Shoshana," a piece that would get any crowd on its feet and dancing. "Cuban Fantasy" is a percussive cousin to Ray Bryant's better-known "Cubano Chant," though the only similarity is their shared opening theme. Tjader sends his audience off happy with "Good Vibes," a mid-tempo bop-flavored Latin blues tune. This budget-priced double-CD is well worth acquiring, and a great initial purchase if one is not already familiar with Tjader's considerable discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431220527
  • Catalog Number: 2205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serenta (6:55)
  2. 2 Poncho Con Dos Amigos (7:04)
  3. 3 Mindanao (7:05)
  4. 4 Tesoro (5:37)
  5. 5 Santo Domingo (3:27)
  6. 6 Naima (5:53)
  7. 7 The Continental (6:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro) (6:18)
  2. 2 Doxy (7:16)
  3. 3 Shoshana (7:21)
  4. 4 Speak Low (7:29)
  5. 5 Broadway (6:09)
  6. 6 Cuban Fantasy (5:25)
  7. 7 Good Vibes (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cal Tjader Primary Artist, Vibes
Mark Levine Piano, fender rhodes
Rob Fisher Bass
Roger Glenn Flute, Percussion
Ramon Banda Timbales
Vince Lateano Drums, Timbales
Poncho Sanchez Conga
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Ray Bryant Composer
Gary Foster Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Mark Levine Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Ogden Nash Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Billy Bird Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Ron Davis Engineer
Phil Edwards Engineer, Remixing
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer, Author
Herbert Magidson Composer
Teddy McRae Composer
Cal Tjader Composer
Gordon Raddue Liner Notes
Bruce Burr Original Cover Photography
Dick Hendler Art Direction
Henri Woode Composer
Veryl Oakland Original Cover Photography
Abbey Anna Art Direction
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