In her recording debut, Mary Stallings more than held her own with one of the best bands Cal Tjader ever led. Originally recorded in 1961.
Personnel: Cal Tjader (vibraphone), Mary Stallings (vocals), Lonnie Hewitt, Johnnie Rae, Freddie Schreiber, Victor Venegas, Paul Horn, Clare Fischer.
Originally released on Fantasy (8068).
Personnel: Cal Tjader (vibraphone); Cal Tjader; Lonnie Hewitt (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Victor Venegas, Freddie Schrieber (bass instrument); Mary Stallings (vocals); Paul Horn (flute); Clare Fischer (piano); Johnny Rae (drums).
Recording information: RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA; Sound Recorders, San Francisco, CA.
Arranger: Clare Fischer.
CAL TJADER PLAYS/MARY STALLINGS SINGS is a noteworthy album in that it represents Mary Stallings's recording debut. Only 22 at the time, Stallings sings with a remarkable amount of conviction and control here, displaying the rich tone and heavy gospel influence that would mark all her work. Tjader leads a fine band through a set filled with standards and tunes by Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, and his cool-toned vibes add a shimmering atmosphere to the proceedings. The 2005 reissue boasts excellent remastered sound and two alternative takes from the session.