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Cal Tjader • Grace Cathedral Concert




About Cal Tjader
Cal Tjader was undoubtedly the most famous non-Latino leader of Latin jazz bands, an extraordinary distinction. From the 1950s until his death, he was practically the point man between the worlds of Latin jazz and mainstream bop; his light, rhythmic, joyous vibraphone manner could comfortably embrace both styles. His numerous recordings for Fantasy and Verve and long-standing presence in the San Francisco Bay Area eventually had a profound influence upon Carlos Santana, and thus Latin rock. He also played drums and bongos, the latter most notably on the George Shearing Quintet's puckishly titled "Rap Your Troubles in Drums," and would occasionally sit in on piano as well.
Tjader studied music and education at San Francisco State College before hooking up with fellow Bay Area resident Dave Brubeck as the drummer in the Brubeck Trio from 1949 to 1951. He then worked with Alvino Rey, led his own group, and in 1953, joined George Shearing's then hugely popular quintet as a vibraphonist and percussionist. It was in Shearing's band that Tjader's love affair with Latin music began, ignited by Shearing's bassist Al McKibbon, nurtured by contact with Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, and Armando Peraza, and galvanized by the '50s mambo craze. When he left Shearing the following year, Tjader promptly formed his own band that emphasized the Latin element yet also played mainstream jazz. Bobo and Santamaria eventually joined Tjader's band as sidemen, and Vince Guaraldi served for a while as pianist and contributor to the band's songbook ("Ginza," "Thinking of You, MJQ"). Tjader recorded a long series of mostly Latin jazz albums for Fantasy from the mid-'50s through the early '60s, switching in 1961 to Verve, where under Creed Taylor's aegis he expanded his stylistic palette and was teamed with artists like Lalo Schifrin, Anita O'Day, Kenny Burrell, and Donald Byrd. Along the way, Tjader managed to score a minor hit in 1965 with "Soul Sauce," a reworking of Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo's "Guacha Guaro," which Tjader had previously cut for Fantasy. Tjader returned to Fantasy in the 1970s, then in 1979 moved over to the new Concord Picante label, where he remained until his death. ~ Richard S. Ginell


Review by Scott Yanow
Unlike Vince Guaraldi's Grace Cathedral concert, vibraphonist Cal Tjader's was not a religious event. In fact, this quintet outing (which includes Lonnie Hewitt on electric piano and the young Poncho Sanchez on congas) is a fairly typical concert for the era, despite the location. As it turned out, Tjader was a replacement for Guaraldi, who had originally been scheduled but had recently passed away. The vibist's Latin jazz group performs the leader's "I Showed Them," Milt Jackson's swinging "Bluesology," a medley from Black Orpheus, and "Body and Soul."

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Acerca de Cal TjaderCal Tjader fue, sin lugar a dudas, el líder no latino más famoso de las bandas de jazz latino, una distinción extraordinaria. Desde la década de 1950 hasta su muerte, fue prácticamente el hombre clave entre los mundos del jazz latino y el bop principal; Su estilo vibráfono ligero, rítmico y alegre podría abarcar cómodamente ambos estilos. Sus numerosas grabaciones para Fantasy y Verve y su larga presencia en el Área de la Bahía de San Francisco eventualmente tuvieron una profunda influencia sobre Carlos Santana y, por lo tanto, sobre el rock latino. También tocaba la batería y los bongos, este último sobre todo en el puckishly titulado "Rap Your Troubles in Drums" de George Shearing Quintet, y ocasionalmente también participaba en el piano.Tjader estudió música y educación en el San Francisco State College antes de relacionarse con el también residente del Área de la Bahía Dave Brubeck como baterista en el Brubeck Trio de 1949 a 1951. Luego trabajó con Alvino Rey, dirigió su propio grupo y, en 1953, se unió a George. El entonces quinteto enormemente popular de Shearing como vibrafonista y percusionista. Fue en la banda de Shearing que comenzó la historia de amor de Tjader con la música latina, iniciada por el bajista de Shearing Al McKibbon, alimentada por el contacto con Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria y Armando Peraza, y galvanizada por la locura del mambo de los '50. Cuando se fue de Shearing al año siguiente, Tjader formó rápidamente su propia banda que enfatizaba el elemento latino, pero que también tocaba el jazz principal. Bobo y Santamaria finalmente se unieron a la banda de Tjader como sidemen, y Vince Guaraldi sirvió por un tiempo como pianista y colaborador del cancionero de la banda ("Ginza", "Thinking of You, MJQ"). Tjader grabó una larga serie de álbumes de jazz, en su mayoría latinos, desde mediados de los cincuenta hasta principios de los sesenta, pasando a Verve en 1961, donde bajo la égida de Creed Taylor expandió su paleta estilística y formó equipo con artistas como Lalo Schifrin, Anita. O'Day, Kenny Burrell y Donald Byrd. En el camino, Tjader logró marcar un golpe menor en 1965 con "Soul Sauce", una reelaboración de "Guacha Guaro" de Dizzy Gillespie / Chano Pozo, que Tjader había cortado previamente para Fantasy. Tjader regresó a Fantasy en la década de 1970, luego en 1979 se trasladó al nuevo sello Concord Picante, donde permaneció hasta su muerte. ~ Richard S. Ginell


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Tracklist:
1. I Showed Them – Tjader 11:23
2. Bluesology – Jackson 10:23
3. Black Orpheus Medley: Manha de Carnaval/Samba de Orfeu [medley] – Bonfa, Jobim 14:55
4. Body and Soul – Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour 5:44
5. Theme – Tjader 1:38

Personnel
Vibraphone, Timbales - Cal Tjader
Bass - Rob Fisher
Congas - Poncho Sanchez
Drums - Pete Riso
Electric Piano - Lonnie Hewitt


Label Fantasy
Year 1976
Release Date Jun 03, 1997
Time 43 minutes


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