Fried Bananas

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Fried Bananas is the fifth offering released by El in its reissue of material from the artist-driven Sky Records label partnered by Cal Tjader, Gary McFarland, and Gabor Szabo. This 15-track set is a compilation from four different outings on Sky -- the brilliant Solar Heat which was the label's kick-off release, Cal Tjader Sounds Out Burt Bacharach, Cal Tjader Plugs In, and 12 from Latin Jazz. The tracks from Solar Heat are the real standouts here, featuring João Donato on organ, Ray Barretto, Tjader or Gary McFarland on vibes, and either Chuck Rainey or Bobby Rodriguez on bass. The groove is easy but the playing simmers on high. The Bacharach material -- particularly "Walk...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Fried Bananas is the fifth offering released by El in its reissue of material from the artist-driven Sky Records label partnered by Cal Tjader, Gary McFarland, and Gabor Szabo. This 15-track set is a compilation from four different outings on Sky -- the brilliant Solar Heat which was the label's kick-off release, Cal Tjader Sounds Out Burt Bacharach, Cal Tjader Plugs In, and 12 from Latin Jazz. The tracks from Solar Heat are the real standouts here, featuring João Donato on organ, Ray Barretto, Tjader or Gary McFarland on vibes, and either Chuck Rainey or Bobby Rodriguez on bass. The groove is easy but the playing simmers on high. The Bacharach material -- particularly "Walk on By" and "Message from Michael" -- is noteworthy for the great sensitivity of its interpretation, partially because of the great sidemen Tjader employed including Michael Melvoin, Jim Keltner, and Andy Newmark. As for the live material, it just plain smokes, especially "Alonzo." This compilation is a nice slice of rare Tjader, bearing all of his trademark style and class and offering up a fat slice of his creative vision during a particularly restless and fertile era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: El Records
  • EAN: 5013929304529
  • Catalog Number: 45
  • Sales rank: 195,712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amazon (2:33)
  2. 2 Here (3:41)
  3. 3 Eye of the Devil (2:25)
  4. 4 (A) Felicidade (2:45)
  5. 5 Fried Bananas (2:37)
  6. 6 What the World Needs Now (4:23)
  7. 7 A Message to Michael (4:57)
  8. 8 My Little Red Book (3:25)
  9. 9 I Say a Little Prayer (3:31)
  10. 10 Walk on By (3:18)
  11. 11 Alonzo (4:06)
  12. 12 Song for Pat (5:13)
  13. 13 The Tra La-La Song (2:58)
  14. 14 Spooky (4:10)
  15. 15 Get Out of My Way (6:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cal Tjader Primary Artist, Vibes
Jerome Richardson Reeds
Armando Peraza Conga
Chuck Rainey Bass
Jim Keltner Drums
Johnny Rae Percussion
Ray Alonge French Horn
George Berg Bassoon
Garnett Brown Trombone
João Donato Organ
Gary McFarland Vibes
Walter Kane Reeds
Joe Kloess Piano
George Marge Reeds
Mike Melvoin Organ
Harvey Newmark Electric Bass
Bobby Rodriguez Bass
Paul Warburton Bass
Al Zulaica Electric Piano
Henri Aubert Violin
Lew Del Gatto Oboe
Jim McCabe Electric Bass
Mike Abene Harpsichord, Electric Piano
Jerry Dodgion Reeds
Mike Buono Drums
Joseph Grinaldo Bassoon
James Helm Guitar
Ray Barretto Orestes Vilato Percussion
Albert Wagner Violin
Technical Credits
Buddy Buie Composer
Gary McFarland Arranger, Composer, Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Norman Schwartz Producer
Cal Tjader Composer
James Cobb Composer
Mike Shapiro Composer
Mike Abene Arranger
Harry Middlebrooks Composer
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