Cal Tjader

The Concord Jazz Heritage Series

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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."

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