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Talkin' Verve: Roots of Acid Jazz
     

Talkin' Verve: Roots of Acid Jazz

by Cal Tjader
 
Vibist Cal Tjader formed his first Latin jazz band in the 1950s and stuck with the concept until his death in 1982. After his initial wave of success -- when his band featured the peerless rhythm punch of conga player Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo on timbals -- Tjader went on to even greater popularity

Overview

Vibist Cal Tjader formed his first Latin jazz band in the 1950s and stuck with the concept until his death in 1982. After his initial wave of success -- when his band featured the peerless rhythm punch of conga player Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo on timbals -- Tjader went on to even greater popularity in the 1960s, with a string of influential albums including SOUL SAUCE, with its dance-floor hit title track. The "boogaloo" funk movement of the mid- to late-'60s was partly fueled by the recordings gathered on this 72-minute sampler, a veritable who's who and what's what of 1960s Latin jazz. Arrangers include Claus Ogerman, Oliver Nelson, Lalo Schifrin, and Chico O'Farrill, while Donald Byrd, Chick Corea, Ray Barretto, and Kenny Burrell are among the sidemen. Among the influential tracks are "Afro Blue," "Soul Burst," "Manteca," and Eddie Palmieri's superb arrangement of Tito Puente's "Picadillo."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
In apparent response to the sampling of old Latin jazz records by hip-hop artists, Verve raided its Cal Tjader archive to come up with this fiercely grooving collection drawn from nine of his Verve albums. For all of producer Creed Taylor's '60s penchant for fashioning two- to four-minute cuts aimed at airplay, he allowed Tjader's groups considerable room to stretch out on several of the tracks included here, particularly on the live "Los Bandidos" and the hypnotic collaboration with pianist Eddie Palmieri, "Picadillo." More importantly, Tjader's records with Taylor were more varied in texture than his earlier discs, venturing now and then from his solid Afro-Cuban base into Brazilian rhythms, soul, big-band backings, and '60s pop touches. Among the best cuts included here are "Sambo Do Suenho" -- which has a killer bossa/Afro-Cuban rhythm stoked by Grady Tate, Armando Peraza and Ray Barretto working in terrific symmetry -- Peraza's fast, hard-swinging "Maramoor Mambo," and Horace Silver's "Tokyo Blues," as spearheaded by Lalo Schifrin's driving big band.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1996
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453156227
catalogNumber:
531562

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cal Tjader   Primary Artist,Vibes
Lalo Schifrin   Piano,Conductor
Paul Horn   Flute
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Conga
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Richard Davis   Bass
Urbie Green   Trombone
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Hyman   Organ
Red Mitchell   Bass
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Julian Priester   Trombone
Jimmy Raney   Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Flute
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Attila Zoller   Guitar
Armando Peraza   Percussion
Seldon Powell   Flute
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Stan Webb   Woodwind
McKibbon   Bass,Piano
George Duvivier   Bass
Johnny Rae   Drums
Stan Applebaum   Conductor
George Berg   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet
Willie Bobo   Percussion,Vocals
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Carl Burnette   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Bob Bushnell   Bass
Don Butterfield   Tuba
George Castro   Flute,Percussion
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Léon Cohen   Oboe
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano
Jack Del Rio   Conga,Tambourine
João Donato   Piano
Clare Fischer   Piano
Bill Fitch   Conga
Stanley Gilbert   Bass
Lonnie Hewitt   Piano
John Hilliard   Bass
Ismael Quintana   Percussion
Phil Kraus   Woodwind
Walter Levinsky   Flute,Woodwind
Tommy Lopez   Drums
Jose Mangual   Timbales
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern   Horn
Chico O'Farrill   Conductor
Manny Oquendo   Drums
Eddie Palmieri   Piano
Victor Pantoja   Percussion
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass
Barry Rogers   Conga
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga
Mark Weinstein   Trombone
Zulaica   Piano
Irving Horowitz   Oboe
Alberto Valdés   Percussion
José "Jochy" Rodríguez   Trombone
Freddy Schrieber   Bass
Wilfredo Vincente   Conga
Jose Rodriguez   Trombone

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Arranger,Contributor
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Horace Silver   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Stan Applebaum   Arranger
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Léon Cohen   Contributor
Jack Del Rio   Contributor
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Cal Tjader   Composer
Irving Horowitz   Contributor
Jesse Varela   Liner Notes
Giulio Turturro   Art Direction

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