Personnel: Cal Tjader (vibes), Paul Horn (flute), Lonnie Hewitt (piano), Willie Bobo (drums, timbales) and Mongo Santamaria (bongos, percussion).
Recorded April 20, 1959. Includes original liner notes by Phillip Elwood.
Personnel: Cal Tjader (vibraphone); Cal Tjader; Al McKibbon (upright bass); Paul Horn (flute); Lonnie Hewitt (piano, drums); Willie Bobo (drums, timbales); Mongo Santamaria (congas, bongos, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Philip Elwood.
Recording information: 04/20/1959.
Photographer: Tony Lane.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Paul Horn; Lonnie Hewitt; Al McKibbon; Mongo Santamaria.
Originally released on vinyl as the two-volume CAL TJADER'S CONCERT BY THE SEA in 1959, THE MONTEREY CONCERTS is the vibraphonist/percussionist's breakthrough recording under any name. The bass-less, percussion-heavy lineup--Tjader on vibes, Willie Bobo on drums and timbales, Mongo Santamaria on bongos, Lonnie Hewitt on piano, and Paul Horn on flute--offers a curious mixture of Latin rhythms and the sort of West Coast cool pioneered by Tjader's former employer Dave Brubeck. Evenly balanced between standards given Tjader-style cool arrangements and band originals like Santamaria's classic "Afro Blue" (given a definitive reading here, with the exception of John Coltrane's 1963 take), THE MONTEREY CONCERTS captures Tjader's best band at their collective peak, and is essential listening for all fans of Tjader's unique brand of Latin jazz.
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