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

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Monterey Jazz Fest
  • UPC: 888072307018
  • Catalog Number: 30701
  • Sales rank: 385,234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (1:19)
  2. 2 Summertime (13:48)
  3. 3 Now's the Time (14:15)
  4. 4 Cubano Chant (3:49)
  5. 5 Tumbao (4:46)
  6. 6 Manteca (12:32)
  7. 7 Afro Blue (8:49)
  8. 8 If You Could See Me Now (2:42)
  9. 9 Speak Low (7:21)
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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
Al 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, Digital Editing
Nick Phillips Producer
Mongo Santamaría Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Cal Tjader Composer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Glen Barros Series Executive Producer
Tim "T-Bone" Jackson Author, Series Executive Producer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
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