Cool Fire

Cool Fire

by Cal Tjader
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431220527
catalogNumber:
2205

Tracks

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
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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