The Record Collection

Cal Tjader: Latin Concert (1958)

Fantasy 8014

Track list:

01 – Viva Cepeda
02 – Mood For Milt
03 – The Continental
04 – Lucero
05 – Tu Crees Que
06 – Mi Guaguanco
07 – Cubano Chant
08 – A Young Love / Theme


Cal Tjader – vibes
Vince Guaraldi – piano
Al McKibbon – bass
Al Torres – drums
Mongo Santamaria – conga
Willie Bobo – timbales, drums

Recorded at “The Blackhawk”, San Francisco, CA, September, 1958

The first album Tjader did with Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo and it hardly gets any better.

The rhythms are tight and fluent, all those stop and go parts are played wich the precision of an atomic clock and the vibes and piano solos are as exciting as you could wish.

Tjader started playing latin music in George Shearing’s quintet were he also met Santamaria and Bobo.

And although his music is more forceful than Shearing’s take on latin jazz, he retained a feeling of intimacy, just like Shearing, playing some kind of ‘latin chamber jazz’.

This incarnation of the Tjader sextet would stay together for about two years, recording a few more albums for Fantasy before Tjader switched to Verve (were he would employ Armando Peraza on percussion).

Probably none of this group’s other albums for Fantasy – ‘A Night At The Blackhawk’, ‘Tjader Goes Latin’, ‘Concert By The Sea’, ‘Concert On The Campus’, ‘Concerts In The Sun’, ‘Demasiado Caliente’ – has the class of ‘Latin Concert’, which by the way was not actually recorded in concert.