Personnel: Jose Merino, Louis Laurita, Jack Jeffers, Bobby Nelson, Charlie Palmieri, Bobby Rodriguez, Enrique Davila, Tito Puente, Ismael Quintana, Victor Aviles, Victor Velasquez, William Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez.
This CD brings back one of Cal Tjader's best late-period recordings and finds the vibraphonist adapting his 1950s Latin jazz concept to the 1970s without losing any vitality. Tjader is joined by four horns, the legendary keyboardist Charlie Palmieri, electric bassist Bobby Rodriguez, and six percussionists; Tito Puente (who plays timbales on Mario Bauza's "Tanga") and Palmieri provided the heated arrangements. A previously unreleased alternate take of "Bang Bang" is added to the CD reissue. Highly recommended to collectors of Latin jazz. ~ Scott Yanow