Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cal Tjader Quartet

Vibraphonist Cal Tjader took a brief vacation from playing Afro-Cuban jazz to record this fine straight-ahead bop set. The 1997 CD reissue matches Tjader with the underrated but always swinging pianist Gerald Wiggins, bassist Eugene Wright (shortly before he joined Dave Brubeck's Quartet) and drummer Bill Douglass. They perform four basic originals (two apiece by Wig and Wright) and five standards, including a swinging "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Our Love Is Here to Stay." On this date, more than almost any other one, Tjader displays his debt to Milt Jackson's style.
Scott Yanow

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Cal Tjader
Cal Tjader Quartet


1 Battle Hymn of the Republic (Howe, Steffe) 3:28
2 It Never Entered My Mind (Hart, Rodgers) 3:38
3 A Light Groove (Wiggins) 5:11
4 The Night We Called It a Day (Adair, Dennis) 3:06
5 Fancy Bea (Wright) 4:16
6 A Fifth fo (Wiggins) 4:50
7 For All We Know (Coots, Lewis) 4:43
8 Miss Wiggins (Wright) 5:57
9 Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin) 5:26

Cal Tjader - vb
Gerald Wiggins - p
Gene Wright - b
Bill Douglass - dr

Recorded at Radio Recoders, Hollywood, California ; May 24, 1956


Anonymous said...

Thanks again ! Everyday a treasure from the 50's or the 60's. Ce sont aussi mes deux périodes préférées pour les musiques noires des EU. Longue vie à Sic Vos Non Vobis et à toi Melanchthon.

Jonathan said...

Thank you so much again. I am discovering so much fantastic music thanks to your hoard of treasures. What an inspiration!

Bill said...

Thanks for the share!

Anonymous said...

Excellent - thank you, mel

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Jaffa said...

Thank you kindly for the Cal Tjader. I am not his biggest fan - but this one looks really nice !

Granny Hines said...


I have asked you a dozen times to contact me about that Brownie set "you" uploaded here.

Please e-mail me

deGallo said...

Thank you for Cal Tjader Quintet

reindeer man said...

Nice post. Thank you.

Fr@nkTheBl@nk said...


boro boy said...

Many thanks for this one Mel. Much prefer this bop style to the usual latin jazz associated with Cal Tjader.

Anonymous said...

Hey Granny, Obviously he aint emailing.

Melanchthon said...

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

FrankDell said...

Dig the Tjader. Mucho thanks.