By S. Duncan Reid
The contributions of this overdue pioneering jazz vibraphonist--composer, arranger and band chief Cal Tjader have principally been undervalued. This booklet is an enormous corrective. The larger half covers the Grammy winner's 40-year specialist existence, and his explorations of either Latin and jazz tune. His own existence is remembered by way of those that knew Cal top. The vast learn going into this booklet positive factors many interviews with kin, pals and associates either within the Bay sector and in different places; all of the liner notes all through Tjader's prolific recorded output; and interviews with the fellow himself in addition to suitable articles and books. An exhaustive discography chronicles all his periods.
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Cal was a great natural musician.... He played mostly drums early on. He was a great rhythmic guy. Good time, great ideas and great energy [smiles and chuckles slightly]. Dave wrote about 50 percent of the [arrangements] for the tunes in his style and [the other half ] were Cal’s arrangements, which were more bebop oriented.... I remember the charts that used vibes were lines that he wrote.... He’d jump up from the drums and go back and forth between the vibes and drums.... ” At about the same time as the Burma Lounge gig was booked, Dave Brubeck landed a record contract with Coronet.
Nonetheless, it marked the beginning of a certain Swedish-American’s lifelong relationship with Cuban music. Morris Dailey Auditorium is located at San Jose State College, now a university. M. on Wednesday, May 31, 1950, was presented by the freshman and sophomore students in place of the Frosh-Soph Mixer. No doubt there were more than a few faces in the crowd who had once seen the group’s drummer around campus. ”65 Moreover, Brubeck noted that his trio’s recording of “You Stepped Out of a Dream” had triggered a renewed interest in the lovely ballad, which was ﬁrst heard in the 1941 movie The Ziegfeld Girl.
By 1949, he had formed his ﬁrst quintet, which included vibes and electric guitar. The pianist’s signature sound was unprecedented at that time; he would play the theme of a given tune in unison with his vibes player and guitarist. 17 In discussing the less well-known part of his legacy, Shearing not only acknowledged his debt to McKibbon (“After I had heard Machito, I wanted to record Latin music. ”) but also to Tjader (“Cal was a natural-born musician and, as I’ve stated many times before, a rhythmic genius.
Cal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz by S. Duncan Reid