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miércoles, 17 de julio de 2019

Cal Tjader & Charlie Byrd • Tambu



Review by Richard S. Ginell
Still trying to stay in tune with the Seventies, Cal Tjader joins forces with another refugee from another time, guitarist Charlie Byrd, for an album of contemporary Brazilian-flavored jazz. The alliance is forged mostly on Byrd's terms, with bossa nova, samba and percussive displays from Brazil's interior dominating the grooves. This time, after proving very adaptable to previous experiments, Tjader seems to be out in the cold in these settings, and he lays out a lot more often than usual on this album. Byrd rides along in his gentle, prickly-toned manner on acoustic and electric guitars, and the rhythm section shifts personnel and instruments from track to track. Yet oddly enough, this is still a musically rich feast. Electric pianist Mike Wolff's "Samba de Oneida" is a marvelously propulsive samba, and "Tereza My Love," one of Antonio Carlos Jobim's most attractive sleepers, is given a lovely rendition. The title track, written by Airto Moreira, is given an authentic, rambunctious Airto-style treatment, very much up-to-date, but Cal doesn't sound totally comfortable with the rhythm on vibes, spending most of his time on timbales. Even though this isn't prime Tjader, the overall quality of the music makes it a winner.

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Reseña de Richard S. Ginell
Aún tratando de mantenerse en sintonía con los años setenta, Cal Tjader une fuerzas con otro refugiado de otro tiempo, el guitarrista Charlie Byrd, para un álbum de jazz contemporáneo con sabor brasileño. La alianza se forja principalmente en los términos de Byrd, con la bossa nova, la samba y la percusión del interior de Brasil dominando los ritmos. Esta vez, después de haber demostrado ser muy adaptable a experimentos anteriores, Tjader parece estar en el frío en estos escenarios, y se presenta mucho más a menudo de lo habitual en este álbum. Byrd se mueve en su manera suave y espinosa en guitarras acústicas y eléctricas, y la sección rítmica cambia el personal y los instrumentos de una pista a otra. Sin embargo, curiosamente, esta es una fiesta rica en música. La "Samba de Oneida" del pianista eléctrico Mike Wolff es una samba maravillosamente propulsora, y "Tereza My Love", uno de los durmientes más atractivos de Antonio Carlos Jobim, recibe una encantadora interpretación. El tema del título, escrito por Airto Moreira, recibe un auténtico y bullicioso tratamiento al estilo Airto, muy actual, pero Cal no se siente totalmente cómodo con el ritmo de las vibraciones, pasando la mayor parte de su tiempo en los timbales. Aunque no se trata de un Tjader de primera, la calidad general de la música lo convierte en un ganador.


Discogs ...


Tracklist:
A1 - Tambu (Tombo In 7/4) - 6:12
A2 - Tereza My Love - 4:24
A3 - Black Narcissus - 5:05
A4 - Sad Eyes - 3:04
B1 - My Cherie Amour - 4:35
B2 - San Francisco River - 4:12
B3 - Samba De Oneida - 5:12
B4 - Don't Lend Your Guitar To Anyone - 3:43


Credits:
    Bass – John Heard
    Electric Bass – Joe Byrd
    Guitar – Charlie Byrd
    Percussion – Mayuto Correa
    Percussion, Drums – Dick Berk, Mike Stephans
    Piano – Mike Wolff
    Vibraphone – Cal Tjader


Label: Fantasy ‎– F-9453
Released: 1974
Genre: Jazz, Latin
Style: Samba, Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening, Fusion, Bossanova, Latin Jazz
























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2 comentarios:

  1. Boy, this was really different for both Tjader and Byrd! But you know, I couldn't stop listening to it. So interesting! And I was in love with Tereza My Love. Beautiful :) Thank you!

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    1. Yeah, well, they both came out of their comfort zone. :D

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