Best of Cal Tjader: Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980

The Best of Cal Tjader: Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980

by Cal Tjader
     
 
Cal Tjader became one of the foremost performers in the world of Latin jazz, even though he was a Swedish-American by birth. After serving with honor in the military during World War II, he was a member of Dave Brubeck's experimental octet and drummer in the pianist's trio before going out on his own as a leader. This compilation of

Overview

Cal Tjader became one of the foremost performers in the world of Latin jazz, even though he was a Swedish-American by birth. After serving with honor in the military during World War II, he was a member of Dave Brubeck's experimental octet and drummer in the pianist's trio before going out on his own as a leader. This compilation of Monterey Jazz Festival performances includes the vibraphonist's complete set from 1958 (the inaugural year) with pianist Vince Guaraldi, bassist Al McKibbon, and percussionist Willie Bobo. Guest clarinetist Buddy DeFranco joins the quartet for a bluesy, extended workout of "Summertime" and lively long rendition of "Now's the Time." Conga great Mongo Santamaria appears on the rest of the 1958 set, including Ray Bryant's infectious "Cubano Chant" and Tjader's intricate, rhythmic, Afro-Cuban descarga "Tumbao." Moving ahead to 1972, Tjader is joined by bassist John Heard, drummer Dick Berk, conga player Michael Smith, and teenaged electric pianist Michael Wolff (a recent addition to the group). The highlight of the long jam on this Afro-Cuban favorite are the solos by Tjader and the two guest trumpeters, composer Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry, with McKibbon and conga player Armando Peraza as additional guests. Unfortunately, Wolff's keyboard solo sounds very muddy due to over-modulation. For the 1974 set, soprano saxophonist Jerome Richardson, electric pianist Frank Strazzeri, bassist Harvey Newmark, and Berk are on hand, though Santamaria returns to guest on congas in an exciting workout of his huge hit "Afro Blue." The Latin sound is omitted from the 1977 quartet interpretation of the bop ballad "If You Could See Me Now," a lyrical quartet setting featuring pianist John Lewis, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Roy Burns providing subdued background for Tjader's tasty solo. The one number from 1980 is a soft bossa nova arrangement of the standard "Speak Low," showcasing Roger Glenn and electric pianist Mark Levine in a gently swaying setting. This anthology drawn from Cal Tjader's memorable sets at Monterey should be considered essential for fans of Latin Jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Monterey Jazz Fest
UPC:
0888072307018
catalogNumber:
30701

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cal Tjader   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vibes
Richard Davis   Bass
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet,Guest Appearance
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Vince Guaraldi   Piano
Mark Levine   Electric Piano
John Lewis   Piano
Jerome Richardson   Soprano Saxophone
Dick Berk   Drums,Timbales
John Heard   Bass
Armando Peraza   Conga,Guest Appearance
Roger Glenn   Flute
McKibbon   Bass,Guest Appearance
Michael Wolff   Electric Piano
Willie Bobo   Drums,Timbales
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Vince Lateano   Drums
Harvey Newmark   Bass
Poncho Sanchez   Conga
Mongo Santamaría   Conga
Frank Strazzeri   Electric Piano
Rob Fisher   Bass
John G. Lewis   Piano
Michael Smithe   Conga

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Ray Bryant   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Walter Fuller   Composer
Don Geis   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jason Olaine   Producer,Author
Nick Phillips   Producer
Mongo Santamaría   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Cal Tjader   Composer
Glen Barros   Series Executive Producer
Tim "T-Bone" Jackson   Author,Series Executive Producer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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