Fantasy Recorded at the Blackhawk, San Francisco, January 20, Thanks to snobb for the addition. Jazz At The Blackhawk. Cal Tjader.
Released: Jan This disarming live set from Tjader's s period shows what a hot non-Latin jazz bandleader he was while illustrating how much he learned from Milt Jackson. Nick Dedina. Cal Tjader Plays The Contemporary Music Of Mexico And Brazilreleased during the bossa nova craze, actually bucked the trend, instead using more traditional arrangements from the two countries' past. Tjader's work of this period is characterized by Solar Heat and When The Sun Comes Out - Cal Tjader Quartet - Jazz At The Blackhawk (Vinyl Plugs Inprecursors to acid jazz.
During the s Tjader returned to Fantasy Records, the label he began with in Embracing the jazz fusion sound that was becoming its own subgenre at the time, he added electronic instruments to his lineup and began to employ rock beats behind his arrangements. His most notable album during this period is Amazonas produced by Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira. He played on the soundtrack to the animated film Fritz the Catmost notably on the track entitled "Mamblues". Like the Monterey Jazz Festival show, he played a mix of jazz standards and Latin arrangements.
Later he toured Japan with saxophonist Art Pepperthe latter recovering from alcohol and drug dependencies. Carl Jeffersonpresident of Concord Recordscreated a subsidiary label called Concord Picante to promote and distribute Tjader's work.
Unlike his excursions in the s and his jazz-rock attempts in the s, Tjader's Concord Picante work was largely straight-ahead Latin jazz. Electronic instruments and rock backbeats were dropped, reverting to a more "classic" sound.
During the prior decade he'd built up a top-notch crew of young musicians, his best lineup since his Modern Mambo Quintet of the Album), with Mark Levine on piano, Roger Glenn on flute, Vince Lateano on drums, Robb Fisher on the bass, and Poncho Sanchez on the congas. Tjader died on tour. On the road with his band in Manilahe collapsed from a heart attack and died on 5 Mayaged According to WhoSampled.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Louis, MissouriU. San Mateo, CaliforniaU. May 5, aged 56 Manila, Philippines. JazzLatin jazzLPAfro-Cuban jazzBeautiful music. Vibraphonistdrummerpercussionistcomposerbandleader. When he was two, Tjader's parents settled in San Mateo, Californiaand opened a dance studio. His mother who dreamed of becoming a concert pianist instructed him in classical piano and his father taught him to tap dance.
He performed around the Bay Area as "Tjader Junior", a tap-dancing wunderkind. He joined a Dixieland band and played around the Bay Area.
At age sixteen, he entered a Gene Krupa drum solo contest, making it to the finals and ultimately winning by playing "Drum Boogie". The win was overshadowed by that morning's event: Japanese planes had bombed Pearl Harbor. Tjader entered the United States Navy in at age 17 and served as a medical corpsman in the Pacific Theater until March He saw action in five invasions, including the Marianas campaign and the Battle of the Philippines.
Billmajoring in education. Later he transferred to San Francisco State Collegestill intending to teach. It was there he took timpani lessons, his only formal music training. Brubeck introduced Tjader to Paul Desmond. The three connected with more players and formed the Dave Brubeck Octet with Tjader on drums.
Although the group recorded only one album and had difficulty finding work, the recording is regarded as important due to its early glimpse at these soon-to-be-legendary jazz greats. After the octet disbanded, Tjader and Brubeck formed a trio, performing jazz standards in the hope of finding more work. Tjader taught himself the vibraphone during this period, alternating between it and the drums depending on the song. Brubeck suffered major injuries in a diving accident in in Hawaii and the trio was forced to dissolve.
Al McKibbon was a member of Shearing's band at the time and he and Tjader encouraged Shearing to add Cuban percussionists. Tjader played bongos as well as the vibes: "Drum Trouble" was his bongo solo feature. Tjader soon quit Shearing after a gig at the San Francisco jazz club the Blackhawk. The members were brothers Manuel Duran and Carlos Duran on piano and bass respectively, Benny Velarde on timbales, bongos, and congas, and Edgard Rosales on congas Luis Miranda replaced Rosales after the first year.
When The Sun Comes Out - Cal Tjader Quartet - Jazz At The Blackhawk (Vinyl in San Francisco and recording for Fantasy Recordsthe group produced several albums in rapid succession, including Mambo with Tjader. The Mambo craze reached its pitch in the late s, a boon to Tjader's career. Unlike the exotica of Martin Denny and Les Baxtermusic billed as "impressions of" Oceania and other localesTjader's bands featured seasoned Cuban players and top-notch jazz talent conversant in both idioms.
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