8 September 2007


Cal Tjader for Verve from 1964.

Soul Sauce is one of the highlights from Tjader's catalog with its appealing mixture of mambo, samba, bolero, and boogaloo styles. Tjader's core band — long-time piano player Lonnie Hewitt, drummer Johnny Rae and percussionist's Willie Bobo and Armanda Peraza — starts things off with a cooled down version of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo's latin jazz classic "Guachi Guaro (Soul Sauce)". With the help of guitarist Kenny Burrell, trumpeter Donald Byrd, and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath they offer up a lively version of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue." Sticking to his music's "Mambo Without a Migraine" reputation, though, Tjader's musicians keep things fairly calm, especially on Latinized ballads such as Billy May's "Somewhere In the Night" and on midtempo swingers like "Tanya." On Soul Sauce Tjader had perfected a middle ground between the brisk, collegiate mambo of his early Fantasy records and the mood-heavy sound of Asian themed albums like Breeze From the East. In the process, he dodged the "Latin lounge" label with an album full of smart arrangements, subtly provocative vibe solos, and intricate percussion backing.
Stephen Cook AMG

Creed Taylor Producer Cal Tjader Vibraphone, Main Performer Alfredo "Alfredito" Valdes, Jr. Percussion Alberto Valdes Percussion Johnny Rae Drums Willie Bobo Percussion, Vocals Donald Byrd Trumpet Kenny Burrell Guitar Bob Bushnell Bass, Bongos, Bass (Electric) June Magruder Vocals Lonnie Hewitt Piano John Hilliard Bass Richard Davis Bass Jimmy Heath Sax (Tenor) Armando Peraza Percussion Grady Tate Drums


Gleckit Loon said...

Love Soul Sauce - I have it on a compilation called Illicit Grooves, compiled by Giles Peterson from '91-92, I've played it so much the cassette worn.
Enjoying the groove.

Vichakani said...

Great job Bacoso, arguably THE Tjader album of the 60s, everybody needs to hear this. Soul Sauce is definitely the boss tune on this album for me, included on several comps over the years (the most recent one that springs to mind to me is Adrian Gibson's excellent Very Best Of Latin Jazz on Nascente from 2004). I also have a soft spot for his version of Afro Blue. Great album.

Dan E said...

I'm a big Tjader fan, man, and this just made my day. Thanks!!!

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karo said...

gratulations to your great blog and that super post!

saludos de Quito: karo

The 4th Policeman said...

Thanks for posting this, I've heard and dug several re-mixes of a few tunes, but the original is always the best. I appreciate it man!

arshille said...

hello - just a quick line to thank you
for the effort you put into posting this wonderful music -
best wishes from arshille