Tjader Plays Mambo

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Having finished his tenure with George Shearing in 1954, a thoroughly Latin-inoculated Cal Tjader took off on his own, recording several short slices of infectious Latin jazz, from which a dozen were selected for this album. Many of the selections are standards retrofitted with percolating Latin rhythms, cut and shaped to fit the old three-minute limit of 45 or 78 rpm singles. Tjader's crystalline vibes are teamed with a San Francisco Latin percussion section that lays down the grooves crisply and succinctly, with an occasional emulation of the more laid-back Shearing Latin sound "East of the Sun". Elsewhere, Cal experiments with a hot four-man trumpet section on four...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Having finished his tenure with George Shearing in 1954, a thoroughly Latin-inoculated Cal Tjader took off on his own, recording several short slices of infectious Latin jazz, from which a dozen were selected for this album. Many of the selections are standards retrofitted with percolating Latin rhythms, cut and shaped to fit the old three-minute limit of 45 or 78 rpm singles. Tjader's crystalline vibes are teamed with a San Francisco Latin percussion section that lays down the grooves crisply and succinctly, with an occasional emulation of the more laid-back Shearing Latin sound "East of the Sun". Elsewhere, Cal experiments with a hot four-man trumpet section on four of the tracks, the best of which is a rhumba version of "Fascinating Rhythm." The earliest Tjader-led recording of "Guarachi Guaro" later known as "Soul Sauce" is also included here. These seminal tracks helped launch the Cal Tjader Latin jazz style, and they still sound fresher than many other such historical landmarks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/1996
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218627429
  • Catalog Number: 274
  • Sales rank: 5,932

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cal Tjader Primary Artist, Timbales, Vibes, Cencerro
Dick Collins Trumpet
Manuel Duran Piano, Claves
Luis Miranda Conga
Al Porcino Trumpet
Carlos Duran Bass
John Howell Trumpet
Edward Rosalies Bongos, Conga
Bayardo Velarde Conga, Timbales, Cencerro
Edward Verlardi Bongos, Conga
Charlie Walp Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
West Arkeen Composer
Phil DeLancie Remastering
Ira Gershwin Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Axl Rose Composer
Ralph J. Gleason Liner Notes
Brooks Bowman Composer
Sholom Secunda Composer
Del James Composer
Don Meyer Composer
Sherman Edwards Composer
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