Cal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who by S. Duncan Reid

By S. Duncan Reid

The contributions of this overdue pioneering jazz vibraphonist--composer, arranger and band chief Cal Tjader have principally been undervalued. This ebook is a big corrective. The higher half covers the Grammy winner's 40-year expert lifestyles, and his explorations of either Latin and jazz song. His own lifestyles is remembered by way of those that knew Cal most sensible. The vast study going into this ebook good points many interviews with kin, associates and co-workers either within the Bay region and in different places; all of the liner notes all through Tjader's prolific recorded output; and interviews with the guy himself in addition to appropriate articles and books. An exhaustive discography chronicles all his periods.

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He wound up the Fack’s gig with his trio on January 10, said goodbye to Vince Guaraldi and Jack Weeks and headed out to meet his new leader. Unfortunately, Tjader was so nervous upon arrival that he forgot everything he had studied. 14 Although ostensibly hired to play the vibes, he would also display his bongo skills, spell Shearing on piano, and learn how to play the congas and timbales. There is a mystifying postscript concerning the Cal Tjader Trio. Although Tjader saved trio memorabilia, he very seldom spoke about his first band in interviews.

Tjader and Jack Weeks remained in Honolulu for three days after Brubeck was admitted to Tripler Veterans Administration Hospital. Then they quit and flew back to San Francisco. Dave soon discovered that his sidemen had not waited around very long. Instead, Sol and Max Weiss had persuaded them to establish a trio of their own. For Dave Brubeck, it was a painful and abrupt end to his first real success as a leader. Still, he would recover enough from the ordeal to begin anew. For Cal Tjader, it was an opportunity to experience life as a bandleader.

Tjader may not have been very excited about receiving only 12 votes in the drum category, but he did finish ahead of such stalwarts as Kenny Clarke, Ed Shaughnessy and Shadow Wilson. Shelly Manne won with 1,116 votes, comfortably ahead of second place finisher Gene Krupa (717). In the miscellaneous instrument category, which included vibes, bongos, organ, harpsichord, violin and accordion, Tjader placed inside the top 10 with 45 votes. Vibraphonist Terry Gibbs won with 837 votes. Although Tjader stayed busy on the Bay Area club circuit throughout 1952, he spent only one day in the recording studio.

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