Fried Bananas (Remastered) Cal Tjader
- 3Eye of the Devil02:24
- 5Fried Bananas02:36
- 6What the World Needs Now is Love04:21
- 7A Message to Michael04:54
- 8My Little Red Book03:22
- 9I Say a Little Prayer03:31
- 10Walk on By03:19
- 12Song for Pat05:15
- 13Tra-La-La Song03:00
- 15Get out of My Way06:15
Info for Fried Bananas (Remastered)
"Fried Bananas is the fifth offering released by El in its reissue of material from the artist-driven Sky Records label partnered by Cal Tjader, Gary McFarland, and Gabor Szabo. This 15-track set is a compilation from four different outings on Sky -- the brilliant Solar Heat (which was the label's kick-off release), Cal Tjader Sounds Out Burt Bacharach, Cal Tjader Plugs In, and 12 from Latin Jazz. The tracks from Solar Heat are the real standouts here, featuring João Donato on organ, Ray Barretto, Tjader or Gary McFarland on vibes, and either Chuck Rainey or Bobby Rodriguez on bass. The groove is easy but the playing simmers on high. The Bacharach material -- particularly "Walk on By" and "Message from Michael" -- is noteworthy for the great sensitivity of its interpretation, partially because of the great sidemen Tjader employed including Michael Melvoin, Jim Keltner, and Andy Newmark. As for the live material, it just plain smokes, especially "Alonzo." This compilation is a nice slice of rare Tjader, bearing all of his trademark style and class and offering up a fat slice of his creative vision during a particularly restless and fertile era." (Thom Jurek, AMG)
Cal Tjader, vibraphone
Tracks 1 to 5 from the album Solar Heat, recorded January 15, 1968 in New York Tracks 6 to 10 from the album Cal Tjader Sounds Out Burt Bacharach, recorded August 1968 in Los Angeles and New York Tracks 11, 13 to 15 from the album Cal Tjader Plugs In, recorded February 20-21, 1969 at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach Track 12 from the album Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader, recorded 1968 at the Red Onion in Aspen, Colorado
Born July 16, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, Cal Tjader was originally a drummer and played with George Shearing. He came to prominence, however, as a vibraphonist. I remember Mongo Santamaria accompanying him on congas at the "Village Gate" in 1961. I never heard anything as exciting in my life! My career was beginning to take shape--even if I didn't realize it at the time.
Cal Tjader had studied music in San Francisco and had come up through the ranks with Dave Brubeck, Alvino Rey, Willie Bobo, Vince Guaraldi, and Mongo Santamaria. His discography is enormous and includes close to one hundred albums as leader and many as "sideman"--with the likes of Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Rosemary Clooney, Tania Maria, Anita O'Day, and Carmen McRae. As a songwriter, his work appears on albums by Poncho Sanchez, Bobby Shew, Clare Fischer, Jerry Gonzales, and Stan Getz.
In 1963 Creed Taylor signed him with Verve, and Tjader worked with Klaus Ogermann and other producers to create some of the hippest albums of the 1960s. His single of "Soul Sauce" ("Guachi Guara") briefly entered the Top Forty charts.
Although Tjader was often slammed by jazz critics for pandering to popular tastes, he was well-respected among the Latin musicians with whom he worked, including Candido, Armando Peraza, Eddie Palmieri, and Tito Puente. In his later years, he came to be recognized as one of the fathers of acid jazz. His concord album "La Onda Va Bien" won a Grammy award in 1979.
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