Now - Cal Tjader - Agua Dulce
Label: Fantasy - 8416 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Latin • Style: Latin Jazz, Salsa, Descarga
Save item Buy from Amazon UK. Part Looky Yonder Commin - Hank3* - Brothers Of The 4X4 the cause of his lack of recognition is present in the reasons he was so successful.
Tjader made no great leaps forward harmonically or rhythmically, but instead showed how jazz and Afro-Cuban music could blend together with the vibraphone as the lead instrument, its percussiveness working very well in that musical context. In doing so, he was followed by many others, his commercial success affording him the opportunity to record a great number of albums.
However, Tjader died early — in — and this contributed to him becoming almost forgotten in the jazz world. Now - Cal Tjader - Agua Dulce early 70s albums for Fantasy are among his most overlooked, which, as you will hear on this CD, is a real shame, as his playing and the arrangements are of the very highest quality.
Born in St Louis, Missouri to parents of Swedish descent who worked in vaudeville, it was almost inevitable that he would become a performer. The family eventually settled in San Mateo, California, where they opened a dance school.
After spending time in the United States Army during the war, Tjader enrolled in San Francisco state college, where he studied music and met fellow student Dave Brubeck. The Cantata I, The Nativity - J.S. Bach* - Christmas Oratorio was signed to Fantasy, who also allowed Tjader to record as a leader.
Alternating between latin and straight-ahead jazz, he recorded over 20 albums for Fantasy into the 60s. He continued to record for Verve until starting up the short-lived Skye label with fellow musicians Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo in His Skye recordings showed his growing interest in the new Moog synthesiser, which he carried over to his next record deal. After the demise of Skye he re-signed with Fantasy and set about recording in a distinctly s style.
Most of the other tracks have a latin feel, often tempered with a vocal chorus or synthesiser voicings. He then signed to the new Concord Jazz Picante label, which specialised in latin music. Here he went back to playing straight-ahead latin jazz with none of the electric experiments of his 70s work. He died from a heart attack while on tour in It could be revered for its well-executed and passionate latin tracks alone, but with so many other things going on within its grooves it deserves proper recognition.
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