Cal Tjader - Latin Concert
Recorded at "The Blackhawk", San Francisco, CA, September, 1958
Original Release Date: September 1958
Fantasy LP 3275
Audio CD: July 1, 1991
From LP - Sometimes can hear the needle - schon55
The first album Tjader did with Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo and it hardly gets any better. The rhythms are tight and fluent, all those stop and go parts are played wich the precision of an atomic clock and the vibes and piano solos are as exciting as you could wish.
Tjader started playing latin music in George Shearing's quintet were he also met Santamaria and Bobo. And although his music is more forceful than Shearing's take on latin jazz, he retained a feeling of intimacy, just like Shearing, playing some kind of 'latin chamber jazz'.
This incarnation of the Tjader sextet would stay together for about two years, recording a few more albums for Fantasy before Tjader switched to Verve (were he would employ Armando Peraza on percussion). Probably none of this group's other albums for Fantasy - 'A Night At The Blackhawk', 'Tjader Goes Latin', 'Concert By The Sea', 'Concert On The Campus', 'Concerts In The Sun', 'Demasiado Caliente' - has the class of 'Latin Concert', which by the way was not actually recorded in concert.
Cal Tjader (vib)
Vince Guaraldi (p)
Al McKibbon (b)
Al Torres (d)
Mongo Santamaria (cga)
Willie Bobo (tim, d)
01 Viva Cepeda (Tjader) 3:40
02 Mood For Milt (Tjader) 3:10
03 The Continental 3:50
04 Lucero (Tjader) 4:26
05 Tu Crees Que? (Santamaria) 4:45
06 Mi Guaguanco (Santamaria) 4:45
07 Cubano Chant (Byrant) 4:04
08 A Young Love / Theme (Tjader) 9:30:55