Black Hawk Nights

Cal Tjader

Black Hawk Nights
  • CAT # FCD-24755-25

    1. Stompin' At The Savoy 5:21
    2. I Hadn't Anyone Till You 8:06
    3. Bill B. 12:04
    4. Blue And Sentimental 3:03
    5. I Love Paris 4:32
    6. A Night In Tunisia 9:13
    7. Autumn Leaves 8:38
    8. My Romance 5:10
    9. Theme From The Bad And The Beautiful 3:44
    10. You Stepped Out Of A Dream 5:29
    11. Raccoon Straits 6:17
    12. Mambo Terrifico 4:24

The late vibist Cal Tjader remains the foremost American-born interpreter of Afro-Latin jazz. On the first half of this collection, made in 1958-59 at San Francisco's fabled Black Hawk, Tjader (1925-1982) leads a juggernaut of a Latin-jazz sextet. Bassist Al McKibbon taught the vibist much about various Latino styles during their earlier days in George Shearing's group; the late pianist-composer Vince Guaraldi would score with "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" and Peanuts TV and movie soundtracks; and the late drummer Willie Bobo and conguero Mongo Santamaria formed the twin towers of Latin percussion. Plus, Cuban-born tenor saxophonist José "Chombo" Silva is a find; his rhythmically ingenious solos suggest a slightly, grittier-sounding Stan Getz fronting a primo mambo band. Tjader's jazzier side is on call in Black Hawk Nights' second half. The vibist heads a foursome whose estimable pianist, Lonnie Hewitt, would long serve as his right-hand man.

with José "Chombo" Silva, Vince Guaraldi, Al McKibbon, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, Rolando Lozano, Lonnie Hewitt, Victor Venegas

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