Cal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz

By S. Duncan Reid

The contributions of this past due pioneering jazz vibraphonist--composer, arranger and bandleader Cal Tjader have mostly been undervalued. This e-book is a tremendous corrective. The better half covers the Grammy winner's 40-year specialist existence, and his explorations of either Latin and jazz track. His own existence is remembered by means of those that knew Cal most sensible. The large learn going into this ebook positive aspects many interviews with kinfolk, buddies and co-workers either within the Bay quarter and somewhere else; all of the liner notes all through Tjader's prolific recorded output; and interviews with the guy himself, in addition to suitable articles and books. An exhaustive discography chronicles all his classes.

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Duncan. Cal Tjader : the lifestyles and recordings of the fellow who revolutionized Latin jazz / S. Duncan Reid ; foreword via Doug Ramsey. p. cm. comprises bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-7864-3535-7 softcover : acid unfastened paper ♾ 1. Tjader, Cal. 2. Jazz musicians — usa — Biography. I. name. ML419. T53R45 2013 781. 65092—dc23 [B] 2013023708 BRITISH LIBRARY CATALOGUING facts can be found © 2013 S. Duncan Reid. All rights reserved No a part of this ebook could be reproduced or transmitted in any shape or in any way, digital or mechanical, together with photocopying or recording, or via any details garage and retrieval approach, with no permission in writing from the writer.

With Erroll Garner and the rhythm accompaniment of Laurindo Almeida and ended with Shelly Manne, the blood brother wealthy Band and Mel Torme on Sunday night, August 31. between these featured in among have been the Romeros, Spain’s first kinfolk of classical guitar; the Vince Guaraldi Trio and Amici Delia Musica Chamber Orchestra — the latter played “The Charlie Brown Suite” jointly on August 27; and the Don Ellis gigantic Band, Carmen McRae, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and George Duke Trio (August 30). Cal Tjader’s quintet opened on Friday, August 29, an evening that highlighted Cuban and Brazilian influenced jazz.

Mongo gains Willie Bobo, Paul Horn, vibist Emil Richards and lots of of Santamaria’s Cuban buddies, yet was once elsewise recorded within the studio (May 1959). Larry Vuckovich frequently attended Tjader’s gigs in 1958. “One evening [probably past due within the year], i used to be on the Blackhawk and [pianist] Wynton Kelly used to be passing through.... He may need already joined Miles or used to be approximately to affix him.... Cal requested Wynton to sit down in.... Wynton burned it up, guy. He had one of these nice swinging assault, strains and spirit. Cal used to be so excited and he used to be telling some of us [afterwards], ‘I requested Wynton to hitch the band.

Concerning jazz, either stability and dynamics have been of specific significance. He believed in taking part in every one song based on its sort. for example, he acknowledged his team wouldn't technique a variety from West aspect tale within the related method as “Walkin’ with Wally,” a cool jazz-blues quantity. Then he in comparison the trendy Jazz Quartet and Benny Goodman Sextet, teams who valued colour and nuance, to bands who had no appreciate for the content material of a music and may play a ballad with an analogous force as they might provide a down-home blues.

136 Woody Herman’s especially picked band of all-stars counted between their roster such musicians as Zoot Sims, Richie Kamuca and invoice Perkins within the saxophone part, Conte Candoli and Al Porcino on trumpet, Urbie eco-friendly on trombone, Monty Budwig on bass, Mel Lewis on drums, Victor Feldman on vibes and Charlie Byrd on guitar. specifically, “Yeah, Paul! ” Tjader listens as Paul Horn unfastened blows on his alto sax. Drummer Willie Bobo and the arm of bassist blood brother Catlett also are pictured. Monterey Jazz competition, October three, 1959 (Robert C.

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