Sentimental Moods

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All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
Fantasy Records is to be commended for re-releasing so many of their classic Cal Tjader albums in the budget-priced two-for-one CD format, even if Sentimental Moods features one of their odder pairings. The first ten selections are culled from the dreamy mood music album Latin for Lovers aka Latin for Lovers With Strings, and the final ten are from San Francisco Moods, a lean and mean West Coast jazz ode to his hometown. While these two sessions don't really go together, they do show you the breadth of what Tjader was recording for Fantasy at the time. While the Latin for Lovers selections aren't really Latin jazz or even "Latin" or "jazz", for that matter, it is superior ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
Fantasy Records is to be commended for re-releasing so many of their classic Cal Tjader albums in the budget-priced two-for-one CD format, even if Sentimental Moods features one of their odder pairings. The first ten selections are culled from the dreamy mood music album Latin for Lovers aka Latin for Lovers With Strings, and the final ten are from San Francisco Moods, a lean and mean West Coast jazz ode to his hometown. While these two sessions don't really go together, they do show you the breadth of what Tjader was recording for Fantasy at the time. While the Latin for Lovers selections aren't really Latin jazz or even "Latin" or "jazz", for that matter, it is superior mood music with fine string arrangements written by Jack Weeks. If all lounge music was this good, the term couldn't be used as an insult. The soloists don't really stretch out at all, but Tjader, pianist Vince Guaraldi, and flutist Paul Horn each make their presence felt on regal, melodic passages. Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria are on the session, but unlike their sizzling one-track cameo on the next session's "Viva Cepeda," they are only around to keep strict time. So while the first half of the disc is upscale easy listening, those culled from San Francisco Moods show how underrated Tjader was at mainstream small-group jazz. Tjader starts out the session on piano, but on most tracks his vibraphone skills are given a real chance to shine. Tjader was always a giving group leader and guitarist Eddie Duran and the rest of the quartet are featured prominently. San Francisco Moods is an exhilarating session, one that veers from gritty, hard-swinging romps to uptown "chamber jazz" and back again without a hitch. Cal Tjader had such great success with Latin jazz that listeners and critics have tended to forget that he really was a major part of the cool West Coast jazz scene and that he recorded all kinds of music throughout his career. This CD reissue is a must-have for Cal Tjader fans and one that reminds people how far-reaching the vibraphonist's mainstream musical talent really was.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218244220
  • Catalog Number: 24742
  • Sales rank: 16,473

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Should Care (2:36)
  2. 2 Spring Is Here (2:39)
  3. 3 Time Was (2:59)
  4. 4 Star Eyes (3:17)
  5. 5 Stella by Starlight (3:16)
  6. 6 Alone Together (4:29)
  7. 7 Ode to a Beat Generation (2:20)
  8. 8 Skylark (2:39)
  9. 9 Martha (3:10)
  10. 10 Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (4:01)
  11. 11 Running Out (3:25)
  12. 12 Raccoon Straits (2:28)
  13. 13 The Last Luff (3:41)
  14. 14 Sigmund Stern Groove (4:40)
  15. 15 Coit Tower (1:38)
  16. 16 Triplet Blues (6:03)
  17. 17 Union Square (4:23)
  18. 18 Skyline Waltz (3:46)
  19. 19 Viva Cepeda (3:43)
  20. 20 The Grant Avenue Suite (7:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cal Tjader Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Vibes
Paul Horn Flute
Eddie Duran Guitar
Vince Guaraldi Piano
Al McKibbon Bass
Willie Bobo Percussion, Conga, Drums
Johnny Horn Flute
John Markham Drums
Mongo Santamaría Percussion, Conga, Drums
Albert White Conductor
Jack Weeks Bass
Harry Moulin Strings
Eugene Winkler Strings
Frances Wiener Strings
Franz Wiener Strings
Boris Blinder Strings
John Mosher Bass
Technical Credits
Phil Ochs Composer
Roy Buchanan Composer
Phil DeLancie Remastering
John Harrison Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Cal Tjader Composer
Jack Weeks Arranger
Phil Carroll Art Direction
Gabriel Luna Composer
Manuel Prado Composer
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