Full performer name: Cal Tjader/Willie Bobo/Mongo Santamaria.
Personnel includes: Cal Tjader, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, Lonnie Hewitt, Jose Lozano, Victor Venegas, Eddie Cano, Al McKibbon, Modesto Briseno, Tony Terran, Paul Horn, Eddie Coleman, Rolando Lozano, Jose "Chombo" Silva, Vince Guaraldi.
Recorded in 1960.
Personnel: Cal Tjader (vocals, vibraphone); Modesto Briseno (flute, alto saxophone); Jose Lozano, Rolando Lozano, Paul Horn (flute); Jose Silva (tenor saxophone); Tony Terran (trumpet); Eddie Cano, Lonnie Hewitt, Vince Guaraldi (piano); Willie Bobo (drums, timbales); Mongo Santamaria (congas).
Recording information: 1960.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Modesto Briseno; Eddie Cano; Jose Lozano; Rolando Lozano; Eddie Coleman; Jose Silva; Al McKibbon; Lonnie Hewitt; Vince Guaraldi; Paul Horn; Tony Terran; Victor Venegas.
Vibraphonist Cal Tjader is heard leading five different groups throughout this CD but the identities of the flutists, bassists and pianists are less important than knowing that Tjader, Willie Bobo (on drums and timbales) and the great conga player Mongo Santamaria are on every selection. The music really cooks with torrid percussion, inspired ensembles and occasional solos from the sidemen (which sometimes include pianists Lonnie Hewitt or Vince Guaraldi, bassist Al McKibbon and flutist Paul Horn). Highlights include Latinized versions of "Key Largo" and "September Song," "Night in Tunisia," "The Continental" and a definitive version of Santamaria's "Afro Blue." This is Latin-jazz at its finest. ~ Scott Yanow