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Cal Tjader - The Fantasy Collection 1953-1962

Cal Tjader - The Fantasy Collection 1953-1962


With a vibrant, eclectic career that spanned five decades, Cal Tjader was the most successful non-indigenous Latin musician of all time. Although working largely within the idioms of Latin American, Cuban and Caribbean music during his lifetime, he explored too many other jazz genres, and is often credited as influencing Latin rock and acid jazz. A multi-instrumentalist, Tjader was primarily known as a vibraphonist, but also excelled at piano, drums, bongos, congas and timpani. Having spent much of his early career as sideman to musicians from a variety of cultural backgrounds, Tjader’s best work was displayed on albums on which he performed as bandleader and, of these, the records he made for Fantasy Records between 1953 and 1962 contain his finest work.
Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr. was born on 16th July 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. The son of Swedish American vaudevillians, the Tjader family settled in San Mateo, California when Callen was two years old, where his parents opened a dance studio. Eager for their child to follow in their footsteps, Callen, Snr. taught him to tap dance while his mother gave him lessons in classical piano. Once proficient enough to perform, the young Cal toured the Bay Area of neighbouring San Francisco, earning himself a small part dancing alongside Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the film The White Of The Dark Cloud Of Joy. In his early teens, Cal joined a Dixieland jazz band and while there began experimenting with other instruments, primarily drums. At the age of 16, he entered and won a drum contest organised by esteemed drummer Gene Krupa; he performed ‘Drum Boogie’, a piece written by Krupa himself with trumpeter Roy Eldridge.
This collection, spanning over five hours of music on four discs, collates nine of the finest records made by Cal Tjader during his initial stint with Fantasy Records. Faithfully remastered from the original recordings, this set will not only introduce a new generation to the musical skill and dexterity of Tjader, but will act too as a welcome reminder for those already familiar with the work of this legendary musician

Tracklist:

DISC 1
1 Ivy 3:40  
2 Give Me The Simple Life 3:04  
3 These Foolish Things 3:22  
4 Charley's Quote 2:51  
5 Chopsticks Mambo 2:49  
6 Vibra-Tharpe 2:29  
7 Three Little Words 2:49  
8 Lullaby Of The Leaves 3:14  
9 After You've Gone 3:41  
10 A Sunday Kind Of Love 2:38  
11 It's You Or No One 2:14  
12 Isn't It Romantic 2:50  
13 Love Me Or Leave Me 2:56  
14 Minority 2:57  
15 Tangerine 2:45  
16 I Want To Be Happy 2:51  
17 Cubano Chant 6:16  
18 Goza 1:58  
19 Panchero Mambero 2:26  
20 Alegres Timbales 1:13  
21 Mambo Moderno 3:31  
22 Afro Corolombo 1:29  
23 Ritmo Caliente 2:09  
24 Lamento De Hodi 3:03  
25 Mambo Inn 2:50  
26 Buhuto (Nanigo 68) 1:38  
27 Alegres Congas 1:05  
28 Mueve La Cintura 2:34  
29 Bernie's Tune 2:39  
   
DISC 2
1 Yesterdays 3:24  
2 Out Of Nowhere 3:04  
3 Fascinating Rhythm 2:48  
4 Guarachi Guaro 3:01  
5 The Lady Is A Tramp 2:55  
6 It Ain't Necessarily So 2:06  
7 Have You Met Miss Jones 3:06  
8 For Heaven's Sake 2:58  
9 Mambo Macumba 2:22  
10 East Of The Sun 3:05  
11 Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen 3:09  
12 I Concentrate On You 1:59  
13 I Want To Be Happy 3:22  
14 The Nearness Of You 3:58  
15 A Minor Goof 3:56  
16 Pete Kelly's Blues 3:52  
17 Undecided 3:23  
18 Philadelphia Mambo 3:24  
19 Flamingo 4:15  
20 Stomping At The Savoy 4:04  
21 Laura 3:23  
22 Lullaby Of Birdland 4:02  
 

DISC 3
1 Invitation 4:13  
2 Lover Come Back To Me 3:42  
3 September Song 2:58  
4 Will You Still Be Mine 3:29  
5 I Love Paris 5:52  
6 Tropicana 3:14  
7 Moonlight In Vermont 2:56  
8 Bye Bye Blues 3:37  
9 Manuel's Mambo 3:16  
10 All The Things You Are 4:09  
11 Blues From Havana 3:03  
12 I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face 3:57  
13 For All We Know 5:42  
14 Ginza 10:59  
15 Crow's Nest 8:18  
16 Liz Anne 3:46  
17 Big Bear 4:32  
18 My Buddy 5:14  
 

DISC 4
1 Manila 4:51  
2 Key Largo 3:33  
3 Tumbao 6:45  
4 Bludan 3:07  
5 Chispita 3:26  
6 September Song 3:44  
7 Cal's Pals 3:35  
8 Para-Ti 3:27  
9 Mamblues 4:41  
10 Afro Blue 6:33  
11 Cuban Fantasy 6:30  
12 Rezo 5:59  
13 Mambo Terrifico 4:22  
14 A Night In Tunisia 8:35  
15 The Continental 4:45  



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