Cal Tjader – Latino Con Cal Tjader

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“Vibraphonist Cal Tjader is heard leading five different groups throughout this set, but the identities of the flutists, bassists, and pianists are less important than knowing that Tjader, Willie Bobo (on drums and timbales), and the great conga player Mongo Santamaria are on every selection. The music really cooks, with torrid percussion, inspired ensembles, and occasional solos from the sidemen (which sometimes include pianists Lonnie Hewitt or Vince Guaraldi, bassist Al McKibbon, and flutist Paul Horn). Highlights include Latinized versions of “Key Largo” and “September Song,” “Night in Tunisia,” “The Continental,” and a definitive version of Santamaria’s “Afro Blue.” This is Latin jazz at its finest.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
A1 Afro Blue 6:30
A2 Cuban Fantasy 6:40
A3 Rezo 6:03
B1 Mambo Terrifico 4:14
B2 Night In Tunisia 9:13
B3 The Continental 4:40


Cal Tjader – vibraphone, bandleader
Lonnie Hewitt, Eddie Cano, Vince Guaraldi – piano
Tony Terran – trumpet
Jose “Chombo” Silva – Tenor saxophone
Modesto Briseno – flute, alto saxophone
Willie Bobo – drums
Mongo Santamaria – congas
Jose Lozano, Rolando Lozano, Paul Horn – flute


Label: Fantasy ‎
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo
Country: US
Released: 1965
Remastered: 2016