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Cal Tjader: Huracán

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Cal Tjader/vibes

Willie Bobo/timbales

Clare Fischer/electric piano

Robb Fisher/bass

Gary Foster/ alto sax and flute

Ronald King/ trumpet

Kurt McGettrick / baritone sax

Victor Pantoja/bongos and cowbell

Alex Rodriguez/trumpet

Frank Rosolino/trombone

Poncho Sanchez/congas

Rick Zunigar/guitar

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Track List:

  1. Ritmo Caliente
  2. Desposado
  3. Bachi
  4. Huracán
  5. Funquiado
  6. Tres Palabras
Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr., the master of Latin rhythms, was born of Swedish descent in St. Louis on July 16, 1925. He first attracted national attention when he joined the Lionel Hampton band. Cal played and recorded with several of Dave Brubeck’s groups, and led his own band for a brief period, before joining George Shearing in 1952. It was during the Shearing period that Cal developed what was to become a lifelong love affair with Latin music. In 1954, Cal reformed his band and began a highly successful touring and recording career that resulted in over fifty albums and hundreds of concerts. Probably more than any other non-Latin musician, Tjader helped to popularize the fusion of Latin and jazz tempos.

In 1978 he recorded these 6 tracks at the infamous Filmways Wally Heider recording studios in Hollywood, California. At the session was an all-star band including Gary Foster and Kurt McGettrick on saxophones, Robb Fisher on bass and Latin music legends Ponco Sanchez on congas and Willie Bobo on timbales. The recording has been unavailable for many years and now makes its return on CD and digital. Here’s what the original album notes say about the session:

The sound of the group remained authentically Latin, undiminished in explosive force. This album is characterized by its...  more

Cal Tjader/vibes • Willie Bobo/timbales
Clare Fischer/electric piano • Robb Fisher/bass
Gary Foster/ alto sax and flute • Ronald King/ trumpet
Kurt McGettrick / baritone sax • Victor Pantoja/bongos and cowbell
Alex Rodriguez/trumpet • Frank Rosolino/trombone
Poncho Sanchez/congas • Rick Zunigar/guitar

Willie Bobo appears courtesy of Columbia Records

Producer/Ed Wodenjak • Live Mix/Pat Maloney • Arrangements/Clare Fischer
Technical Director/ John Meyer
Circuit Design/ John Curl
Mastering Engineers/Stan Ricker and Steve Guy
Album Design/David Singer
Cover Painting/Peter Balin 1978, from the collection of Tod Jonson and Ektor Carranza

Recorded March 22 and 23, 1978 at Filmways-Heider Recording, Hollywood. California.