9 October 2007
CAL TJADER SOUNDS OUT BURT BACHARACH
Cal Tjader for Skye from 1969.
Recorded eight months after Solar Heat this is a curious collection that continued Skye's reputation for putting a pretty polish on pop perennials. Tjader sounds out an offbeat set of Burt Bacharach originals with a rhythm section of L.A. studio musicians and an ever-subtle sprinkling of overdubbed horns and strings. What's most interesting here is that Bacharach's harmonic and rhythmic complexity is nearly absent -although "Moneypenny Goes For Broke" (from the James Bond score CASINO ROYALE) hints at itñ forcing the listener to consider the composer's gift for melodic writing and Tjader's melodic approach to playing. This is particularly evident in the way Tjader handles the tunes made popular by Bacharach's most cogent muse, Dionne Warwick: "I Say A Little Prayer," "You'll Never Get To Heaven" and the hymn-like "Message To Michael."
Ripped @320 from the cd reissue from Laserlight