Cal Tjader

West Side Story (Jazz Version)

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This out-of-print LP is a real obscurity. During a period when there were many jazz versions of scores from films and plays, vibraphonist Cal Tjader and arranger Clare Fischer teamed up for a dozen themes from the show including "Maria," "America," "Tonight" and "I Feel Pretty." Fischer (who plays piano on the album) utilized a large string orchestra along with Tjader's Afro-Cuban group but overall the music is a touch bland and not as adventurous as one might hope.