Descarga

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Descarga is a merger of two albums recorded near the beginning of the '70s -- the fascinating studio session Aqua Dulce and the self-explanatory Live at the Funky Quarters. Having not yet lost his yen for adventure from the Verve days, Tjader neatly integrates Al Zulaica's Rhodes electric piano, electronic effects, and occasionally horns and voices into a bedrock Latin format, and the combination works even at its most outlandish. Two of the reasons why Aqua Dulce stays on track are the solid Latin percussion team of Pete and Coke Escovedo and Michael Smithe, and that Tjader's rippling, to-the-point, easily adaptable vibraphone manner hadn't changed a whit over the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Descarga is a merger of two albums recorded near the beginning of the '70s -- the fascinating studio session Aqua Dulce and the self-explanatory Live at the Funky Quarters. Having not yet lost his yen for adventure from the Verve days, Tjader neatly integrates Al Zulaica's Rhodes electric piano, electronic effects, and occasionally horns and voices into a bedrock Latin format, and the combination works even at its most outlandish. Two of the reasons why Aqua Dulce stays on track are the solid Latin percussion team of Pete and Coke Escovedo and Michael Smithe, and that Tjader's rippling, to-the-point, easily adaptable vibraphone manner hadn't changed a whit over the years. The title track, "Agua Dulce Cool Ade," is a lot of fun, with its electronic bubbling and straight Latin grooves, and Cal even tackles the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," adding pink noise and spacy obligatos from an early Moog synthesizer. Much of the live portion of the CD -- recorded at a San Diego nightclub in 1972 -- has a sound tied even more closely to its time, with Zulaica's electric piano, John Heard's bass, and Dick Berk's drums often creating textures that evoke the jazz-rock era. Smithe's congas merely add punctuation, except when Tjader himself joins in on percussion, thus creating some Latin action. Nevertheless, this live gig is quite enjoyable and energetic, sprinkled with new material and updated Tjader standards like "Cubano Chant," "Manteca," and "Soul Sauce III Guarachi Guaro." On the CD release, "Theme" was deleted for lack of space, though the 78 & 1/2-minute disc remains generously packed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1995
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218243728
  • Catalog Number: 24737
  • Sales rank: 18,893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Agua Dulce (Cool-Ade) (4:08)
  2. 2 Curacao (5:38)
  3. 3 Somewhere In The Night (4:23)
  4. 4 Gimme Shelter (2:52)
  5. 5 Ran Kan Kan (3:00)
  6. 6 Descarga Cubana (3:05)
  7. 7 Invitation (3:01)
  8. 8 Now (5:25)
  9. 9 Morning (3:29)
  10. 10 Leyte (6:25)
  11. 11 Mother And Child (5:57)
  12. 12 Cubano Chant (4:50)
  13. 13 Soul Sauce III (Guachi Guaro) (5:56)
  14. 14 Philly Mambo (6:36)
  15. 15 Davito (4:22)
  16. 16 Manteca (8:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cal Tjader Primary Artist, Percussion, Vibes
Pete Escovedo Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Vocals, Guiro
Mel Martin Flute, Saxophone
Ron McClure Bass
Bill Perkins Saxophone
Dick Berk Drums
Luis Gasca Trumpet
Coke Escovedo Timbales, Vocals
Lee Charlton Drums
Al Zulaica Electric Piano, fender rhodes
Frank Snow Trumpet
Jim McCabe Bass
Technical Credits
Gil Fuller Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Chip Davis Composer
Mike Fusaro Engineer
Mack Gordon Composer
Jim Stern Remixing
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Al Zulaica Arranger
Gary Stauffer Engineer
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