Best of the Concord Years

The Best of the Concord Years

by Cal Tjader
     
 
Vibraphonist Cal Tjader only recorded on the Concord label for three short years, but during that time he released six well-received albums. The Best of the Concord Years draws from that storehouse to fill two discs with choice cuts from La Onda Va Bien, Gozame! Pero Ya, Heat Wave,

Overview

Vibraphonist Cal Tjader only recorded on the Concord label for three short years, but during that time he released six well-received albums. The Best of the Concord Years draws from that storehouse to fill two discs with choice cuts from La Onda Va Bien, Gozame! Pero Ya, Heat Wave, The Shining Sea, A Fuego Vivo, and Good Vibes. Although these tracks don't follow a chronological order, the arrangements and overall flavor flow easily from composition to composition. There's the sparkling arrangement of Ogden Nash/Kurt Weill's "Speak Softly," featuring Roger Glenn's atmospheric flute work, which is perfectly matched to Tjader's light touch on the vibes. There are also surprises like the Latin take on Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," with a fine vocal by Carmen McRae, and an extra mellow take on John Coltrane's "Naima." The fact that certain players turn up again and again offers an explanation of how Tjader was able to record many of these pieces without rehearsal or planned arrangements. Pianist-composer Mark Levine provides both rhythmically intense chording for a piece like "Shoshana" and the gentlest of leads on "Naima," while steady hands like bassist Rob Fisher and percussionist Poncho Sanchez lay down the rhythmic underpinning so essential to Latin jazz. The Best of the Concord Years offers a good introduction to Tjader's last few years of work, and will more than likely induce many to purchase the individual albums he made for Concord.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431222828
catalogNumber:
2228
Rank:
305712

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cal Tjader   Primary Artist,Vibes
Gary Foster   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Scott Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Mark Levine   Piano,fender rhodes
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Rob Fisher   Bass
Roger Glenn   Flute,Percussion
Ramon Banda   Percussion,Timbales
Bent   Trombone
Vince Lateano   Percussion,Drums
Carmen McRae   Vocals
Marshall Otwell   Piano
Dean Reilly   Bass,Double Bass
Poncho Sanchez   Percussion,Conga
Mike Heathman   Trombone
Rob Fisher   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Edú Lobo   Composer
Ray Bryant   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Mark Levine   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Roger Glenn   Composer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
John Coltrane   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Frank Dorritie   Producer
Sonny Henry   Composer
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Cal Tjader   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Jesse Varela   Liner Notes
Bert Lown   Composer
Rey Guerra   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Tom Adair   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Kaye Dunham   Composer
David Fischer   Cover Photo,Digital Photography
Frederick Hamm   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Dave Bennett   Composer
Tom Scholz   Composer
Jesse "Chuy" Varela   Liner Notes
Carl E. Jefferson   Audio Production

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