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Cal Tjader (July 16, 1925–May 5, 1982) was an American Latin jazz musician. Unlike other American jazz musicians who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, he never abandoned it, performing it until his death.
Tjader (pronounced "chay-der") primarily played the vibraphone. He was also accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians from several cultures. He is often linked to the development of Latin rock and acid jazz. Read more on Last.fm
2011 Stan Getz/Cal Tjader Sextet [Original Jazz Classics Remasters]
2009 Black Hawk Nights (Live)
2009 The Grace Cathedral Concert (Live)
2008 Plays the Contemporary Music of Mexico and Brazil
2005 Cal Tjader Plays, Mary Stallings Sings (Remastered)
2005 Cal Tjader Plays, Mary Stallings Sings (Remastered)
2003 Cuban Fantasy (Live) [feat. Clare Fischer, Bob Redfield, Rob Fisher, Pete Riso & Poncho Sanchez]
2002 Concerts In the Sun (Live)
2002 Cal Tjader Plays Harold Arlen & West Side Story
2002 Our Blues (feat. Vince Guaraldi, Lonnie Hewitt, Eddie Coleman, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, Gene Wright & a.L. Torres)
1999 Time For 2
1999 Ultimate Cal Tjader
1998 Sounds Out Burt Bacharach
1996 Jazz 'round Midnight: Cal Tjader
1996 Talkin' Verve: Roots Of Acid Jazz
1995 Plugs In
1995 Soul Sauce
1994 Jazz Masters 39: Cal Tjader
1994 Latino! (Remastered)
1993 Black Orchid
1989 Monterey Concerts
1989 Compact Jazz: Cal Tjader
1984 Good Vibes (Live)
1982 Heat Wave
1981 The Shining Sea (feat. Hank Jones, Scott Hamilton, Vince Lateano & Dean Reilly)
1981 A Fuego Vivo (Live)
1980 La Onda Va Bien
1980 Gozame! Pero Ya...
1973 Los Ritmos Calientes
1968 Solar Heat
1968 Fried Bananas
1968 The Prophet
1966 El Sonido Nuevo
1966 Soul Burst
1965 Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof
1964 Breeze From the East
1963 Several Shades of Jade
1963 Soña Libré
1959 Latin Kick
1958 Sextet (Remastered)
1958 Cal Tjader's Latin Concert
1956 Tjader Plays Mambo
1955 Tjader Play Tjazz (Live)
Feb 15, 2019
"Cal Tjader he was well-respected among Latin musicians and many of the greats played with him over the years, including Candido, Armando Peraza, Eddie Palmieri, and Tito Puente." http://bit.ly/2skf2Vw
Feb 15, 2019
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Feb 10, 2019
On 10 February 1966, Chick Corea was in the studio with Cal Tjader recording the Verve Records album 'Soul Burst', which featured Tjader on vibes and cymbals and Corea on piano. One of the tracks laid down that day at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, was Corea's composition ''Orán'.
The album was arranged by Oliver Nelson. The cover design was by the Grammy Award winning Acy Lehman
Feb 09, 2019
On 9 February 1966, Cal Tjader began recording the Verve Records album 'Soul Burst', which featured Tjader on vibes and cymbals and Chick Corea on piano. The first two tracks laid down at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, were 'Curacao' and 'Soul Burst'. The album was arranged by Oliver Nelson. The cover design was by the Grammy Award winning Acy Lehman.
Feb 08, 2019
On 8 February 1958 Cal Tjader was with Stan Getz for a concert at the Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco to record some tunes. One song they recorded was written by Tjader - and instrumental called 'Crow's Nest'
Feb 06, 2019
Remembering pianist Vince Guaraldi, who died on 6 February 1976. In 1951 Guaraldi became a founding member of the Cal Tjader Trio and recorded several great albums with him.
He also composed a modern classic in 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'. He was popular in the jazz world and recorded with Stan Getz and Ben Webster. Gerry Mulligan recorded his composition 'Rain, Rain, Go Away'.
Some of Guaraldi's Peanuts compositions have been recorded by Dave Brubeck and Wynton Marsalis
Feb 03, 2019
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Jan 16, 2019
On 16 January 1953, Cal Tjader accepted an offer to join the George Shearing Quintet. The New York group spent the majority of their time on the road over the next sixteen months, but they were in the midst of a gig one night at Birdland when bassist Al McKibbon encouraged Tjader to take a little walk with him. “While on a half-hour break,” Tjader recalled, “Al and I entered the Palladium Ballroom through its service entrance on Fifty-Third Street. The orchestras of Machito and Tito Puente (below) were playing… and they flipped me. I was knocked flat when I saw how Puente utilised his vibes in Latin music.” Later, he told McKibbon, “I’ve got to go back to San Francisco and get a band like this.”
Jan 15, 2019
Jazz legend Cecil Taylor performing live in Germany 1984.
Jan 14, 2019
Saluting drummer Grady Tate, who was born on 14 January 1932 in Durham, North Carolina. He played with hundreds of jazz greats and was the drummer on 'Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof', Cal Tjader's 1965 album for Verve Records recorded at A & R Recording Studios, New York
Jan 11, 2019
Born in Corona, Queens on March 25, 1929, Taylor began playing piano at the age of just six.
Cal Tjader’s album ‘West Side Story’ was released on New Year's Day 1961 and it featured Shelly Manne on drums. The magazine 'High Fidelity' reviewed the album, saying: "Just when it seemed that the idea of doing jazz versions of Broadway scores had been proven pointless, along come Tjader and arranger Clare Fischer with a brilliantly apt treatment of 'West Side Story'"
Dec 30, 2018
Enjoy Cal Tjader's version of 'Manteca', the masterpiece of Afro-Cuban jazz that was co-written by Dizzy Gillespie and first recorded on this day in 1947
During his teenage years, Cal Tjader and his friends would go across the San Francisco Bay to Sweet’s Ballroom in Oakland. On Sundays, they would listen to all the major swing bands of the era, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw. “I remember one of those Sundays in particular,” said Tjader, who was working as a drummer with a Dixieland combo at the time. “They had a Gene Krupa contest, which I won by playing ‘Drum Boogie.’ It was a big thrill for a sixteen-year-old, except that something else happened that same day that completely overshadowed the drum contest - the date was December 7, 1941"
Tjader was remembering where he was on the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour naval base.
On 2 December 1963, Cal Tjader finsihed recording his Verve Records album 'Breeze from the East'. The vibraphonist's album was arranged by Stan Applebaum. The album featured the song 'East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)', by Brooks Bowman, which is a jazz standard that has been recorded by Stan Getz - Verve Records, Lester Young - Verve Records and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others
Nov 27, 2018
"Cal Tjader was undoubtedly the most famous non-Latino leader of Latin jazz bands, an extraordinary distinction." http://bit.ly/2sNN1WH