Vibraphonist Cal Tjader recorded for Concord steadily during the last three years of his life. This 1998 CD sampler has a dozen selections taken from Tjader's six Concord dates. These included sessions with his regular sextet (which includes the young conga player Poncho Sanchez), a straight-ahead meeting with pianist Hank Jones, and tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guest appearances by altoist Gary Foster, and two songs from his final effort, a date in which Tjader's group accompanied singer Carmen McRae. Highlights overall include "Bye Bye Blues," "Don't Look Back," "The Continental," "Guachi Guaro," and "Doxy."
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow