Cal Tjader Los Ritmos Calientes
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- Released: October 13, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Fantasy
- 1.Cubano Chant
- 3.Panchero Mambero
- 4.Alegres Timbales
- 5.Mambo Moderno
- 6.Afro Corolombo
- 7.Ritmo Caliente
- 8.Lamento De Hodi
- 9.Mambo Inn
- 10.Buhuto (Nanigo 6/8)
- 11.Alegres Congas
- 12.Mueve La Cintura
- 13.Bernie's Tune
- 15.Armando's Hideaway
- 16.Cuco On Timbales
- 18.Ritmo Rumba
- 19.Big Nose From Winnetka
- 20.Poinciana Cha Cha
- 22.Ritmo Africano
- 23.Perfidia Cha Cha
Personnel: Cal Tjader (vibraphones, timbales); Gerald Sanfino (alto saxophone, flute); Jose "Chombo" Silva (tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute); Eddie Cano, Vince Guaraldi, Manuel Duran (piano); Richard Wyands (piano, percussion); Bobby Rodriguez, Eugene Wright (bass); Al McKibbon (bass, congas); Al Torres (drums); Armando Peraza (conga, bongos); Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria (congas); Bayardo Velarde (bongos, percussion); Armando "Cuco" Sanchez, Willie Bobo, Luis Kant (percussion).
Tracks 1-13 originally released as RITMO CALIENTE on Fantasy (3216), and tracks 14-23 on MAS RITMO CALIENTE on Fantasy (3262). Includes original release liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Cal Tjader (vibraphone, timbales); Gerald Sanfino (flute, alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute); Chombo Silva, Jose "Chombo" Silva (tenor saxophone); Richard Wyands (piano, maracas); Manuel Duran , Eddie Cano, Jerome Duran, Vince Guaraldi (piano); Al Torre , Al Torres (drums); Armando Peraza (congas, bongos); Luis Kant (congas, cowbells); Al McKibbon, Mongo Santamaria (congas); Bayardo Velarde (bongos, timbales); Cuco S nchez, Armando Sanchez, Willie Bobo (timbales).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Ralph J. Gleason.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (05/06/1954-10/11/1957); Los Angeles, CA (05/06/1954-10/11/1957); New York, NY (05/06/1954-10/11/1957); San Francisco, CA (05/06/1954-10/11/1957).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Cuco S nchez; Eddie Cano; Eugene Wright; Bayardo Velarde; Luis Kant; Jerome Richardson; Jose Silva; Al McKibbon; Mongo Santamaria; Richard Wyands; Armando Peraza; Vince Guaraldi; Bobby Rodriguez.
When Cal Tjader recorded RITMO CALIENTE in 1954, he was already established as a respected Latin jazzman, enjoying popularity as a vibes player rivaling that of Red Norvo. However RITMO CALIENTE and its follow-up, MAS RITMO CALIENTE (the two albums are presented here on one CD), secured Tjader's position in jazz history as one of the finest fusion artists. The emphasis here may be on rhythm, but Tjader and his band's skillful phrasing are striking.
The Latin craze was in full swing in the States, with Desi Arnaz and Tito Puente both on the charts. But Tjader's music was on an entirely different plane. His music was high art, incorporating Latin percussion to create subtle, atmospheric rhythms. His artistry, together with the jazz experiments of such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Charles Mingus, brought jazz fusion to public attention. These recordings paved the way for the future fusion experiments of such artists as Miles Davis and Carlos Santana.
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