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Cal Tjader: Soul Sauce

Album Reviews:

Q (1/95, p.262) - 3 Stars - Good - "...'60s soul-jazz always went on about food in their titles...just to emphasize that in this kind of music the fundamental things apply....Tjader was one of the few who showed the way in Latin jazz..."

Musician (4/95, p.76) - "...could be packaged...as a `roots of Santana'...features Santana's favorite percussionist Armando Peraza....not only...tasteful, it's tastier....Was Tjader the epitome of cool jazz or the godfather of lounge?..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Cal Tjader, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell.

SOUL SAUCE contains 4 previously unreleased tracks.

Upon the 1964 release of SOUL SAUCE, Cal Tjader was catapulted to the top of the Latin jazz world. Taking its title from Tjader's version of a Dizzy Gillespie tune, the album set a new standard for jazz fusion.

Tjader's rich vibes give a new warmth to the title track. Other notable tracks include Mongo Santamaria's "Afro-Blue," a song that has never sounded the same without vibes since. Also included on the album is the smoking "Pantano," and Rodgers and Hart's "Spring Is Here"--a fabulous song that was nonetheless uncool until Tjader's version. The reissue of SOUL SAUCE also features three bonus tracks, including the only Tjader original, "Mamblues." If you've never experienced the music of Cal Tjader, or if your record collection could use a little touch of Latin cool, then do yourself a favor and pick up SOUL SAUCE.


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