9 October 2007
CAL TJADER - SOLAR HEAT
And yet more beautiful music by Cal Tjader for Skye from 1968.
Ray Barretto - Latin Percussion · Chuck Rainey - Bass · Michael Abene - Harpsichord Piano (Electric) · João Donato - Organ · Gary McFarland - Arranger . Vibraphone · Bobby Rodriguez - Bass · Cal Tjader - Vibraphone · Orestes Vilato - Latin Percussion
Another desert island disc for me and if challeged with only one Tjader album to be cast away with it would be a tough decision between this and "The Prophet".
This one catches Tjader mid-career in the first of his three albums on Skye Recordings, the label he owned with fellow musicians Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo. Tjader is beautifully framed here by Gary McFarland's crystalline arrangements and Joao Donato's gorgeously understated organ. Tjader and McFarland are ideally matched here, particularly on the pop covers of "Never My Love" and "La Bamba" and McFarland's own "Fried Bananas" and the entrancing "Eye Of The Devil".
Don't be put off by the appearance of sappy pop tunes-this album is just exquisite throughout.Highly Recommended.
Ripped @320n from the Skye cd reissue from DCC jazz.