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Inspired by my recent reacquisition of his live at the Lighthouse set from 1969, called Cal Tjader Plugs In, I feel like the time is right for him to have a dedicated thread.

Plugs In is a fine record. A lot funkier than I remembered. Lovely combination and interesting conversation between Cal's vibes and the Fender Rhodes electric piano. Like a dreamy wash of funk.

I used to have a good 90% of his catalogue, but for some surely idiotic reason, I purged them all years back in a fit of trading stuff at Amoeba. For some reason, I don't see his records in the used shops as often as I used to about a decade or so ago when I purged everything. Because of that, it's been a slow move to get everything back, but a steadfast one.

My mind changes pretty frequently on what my one definitive favorite is, but the one I usually end up going back to is one of his earlier ones on Verve, Cal Tjader Plays the Contemporary Music of Mexico and Brazil. A very interesting mesh of Latin rhythms and loungey vibes, but with really competent soloing. His whole run at Verve was pretty great, but I definitely love how funked up his repertoire had become by the late 60s and early 70s. That stuff is kind of a lost treasure trove of sorts.

So, anyway: come one, come all. . . let's dig into some dreamy west coast Latin-esque jams.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Saturday, 7 July 2018 23:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

I've never even seen Plugs In! Skye stuff isn't the most common anyway but that ones never turned up.

I think the only ones I have are the two Ritmo Caliente releases, which are lovely if super brief (IIRC) and one or two of the mid 60s records. It's the kind of stuff I don't ruminate on but love to put on when I'm in the mood.

I'm curious about his 1970s releases... like did he do some interesting stuff or sort of flail around? If anyone knows.

Paul Reverse and the rediaRs (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 8 July 2018 06:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

Cal Tjader & Stan Getz Sextet


calzino, Sunday, 8 July 2018 09:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

Haven’t dug into his work with any depth at all but am definitely interested in doing so. Wasn’t Clare Fischer part of this is well?

Pwn Goal Picnic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 July 2018 10:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

Long time fan of El Sonido Nuevo and Bamboléate. Just recently got into the amazing Monterey Concerts and the Stan Getz Sextet one, which gets more uptempo than expected (especially on the first track, "Ginza Samba")

Josefa, Sunday, 8 July 2018 11:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

Oh, the record with Stan Getz is so great! Always a pleasure to hear Scott LaFaro as well.

I'm not that well-versed in the 70s stuff as a whole, but the records I have heard from the early and mid 70s have been really mellow Latin-esque funk. Of the ones I know, the Grace Cathedral album is probably my favorite.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Sunday, 8 July 2018 16:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

+ Gets is great

Et Dieu crea l' (Michael White), Sunday, 8 July 2018 16:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

but the records I have heard from the early and mid 70s have been really mellow Latin-esque funk

i only have this compilation, but it made for a perfect sunny sunday soundtrack earlier today.

mark e, Sunday, 8 July 2018 16:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

That's all Verve stuff, so it's mid 60s. Still, that's arguably his best period. You could pick a different set of 16 songs from those albums and come up with another compilation that's just as good as that one.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Sunday, 8 July 2018 16:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

ta for the clarification as I filed the cd away years ago so had no idea as to which era the recordings are from.
really wonderful stuff.

mark e, Sunday, 8 July 2018 16:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

He did an album with Charlie Byrd in 1974 called Tambu, which is worth seeking out.
It has more teeth than you'd expect.

enochroot, Monday, 9 July 2018 13:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Just found a copy of Along Comes Cal, and it's definitely hitting the spot -- it falls somewhere on the continuum between Gary McFarland's The In Sound and Sergio Mendes first album with Brazil 66.

Also, I love the dissonance of the cover: apparently someone at Verve wondered what it would look like if you took one of those psychedelic Fillmore West posters and stuck a picture of Vince Lombardi in the middle.

enochroot, Friday, 10 August 2018 21:11 (six months ago) Permalink

Wow, that's gotta be one of the more rare Verve albums. I don't recall ever seeing that one before!

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Feel like I should participate here but I have no idea what the fuck is going on. Oy

calstars, Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:53 (six months ago) Permalink

Ahh man, just some mellow loungey Latin-esque jazz jams. Dig it.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Saturday, 11 August 2018 02:35 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah enoch, that's a damn good jam you linked.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Saturday, 11 August 2018 02:37 (six months ago) Permalink

Ahh man, just some mellow loungey Latin-esque jazz jams. Dig it.

Will be my mission impossible this weekend

calstars, Saturday, 11 August 2018 02:41 (six months ago) Permalink

Haha, have fun!

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Saturday, 11 August 2018 02:46 (six months ago) Permalink

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