Cal Tjader – Live at the Funky Quarters
Here we are again folks; another week, another album. This week The Public Records is featuring another album by the virtuoso vibraphonist, pianist, and auxiliary percussionist Cal Tjader – the most famous non-Latin Latin jazz musician in American history (so far). He was vitally important in introducing the wider non-Latin public to the musical traditions of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and many more cultures in Central and South America.
This week we’re featuring a live album recorded at the Funky Quarters in San Diego from 1972 on Fantasy Records. The recording features Tjader on vibraphone, John Heard on bass, Al Zulaico electric piano, Dick Berk drums, and Michael Smith on congas. This rousing set is bass led and percussion heavy with the electric piano delicately providing vibraphone support by aptly following that age old musical rule of ‘less being more’ and includes the Tjader standard Soul Sauce, Dizzie Gillespie’s Manteca, and a tune that hits a little closer to home ‘Philly Mambo‘.
So grab yourself a Goslings‘ Dark N’Stormy and get ready to groove!