The Best of the Concord Years

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431222828
  • Catalog Number: 2228
  • Sales rank: 224,939

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
Al Bent Trombone
Mike Heathman Trombone
Vince Lateano Percussion, Drums
Carmen McRae Vocals
Marshall Otwell Piano
Dean Reilly Bass, Double Bass
Poncho Sanchez Percussion, Conga
Mike Heathman Trombone
Marshall Otwell Piano
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
Seth Presant Mastering
David Fischer Cover Photo, Digital Photography
Frederick Hamm Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Dave Bennett Composer
Tom Scholz Composer
S. Henry Composer
James Oden Composer
Clarence Henry Composer
Jesse "Chuy" Varela Liner Notes
A.M. Brunner Composer
Carl E. Jefferson Audio Production
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