Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cal Tjader - Soul Burst

By the mid-'60s, vibraphonist Cal Tjader was recording regularly for Verve in a wide variety of settings but with pretty consistent success. For this popular outing (reissued on CD in 1998), Tjader plays a few then-current Latin numbers (including Clare Fischer's famous "Morning"), revives "Manteca," and performs a pair of Kurt Weill standards ("My Ship" and "The Bilbao Song"). With Jerome Richardson, Seldon Powell, and/or Jerry Dodgion prominent on flutes, such sidemen as the young pianist Chick Corea, guitarist Attila Zoller, bassist Richard Davis, drummer Grady Tate, and some fine charts written by Oliver Nelson, the music is quite catchy and accessible, commercial but still creative within the genre. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Cal Tjader
Album: Soul Burst
Year: 1966
Label: Verve (22-bit remasterd, 1998)
Runtime: 39:11

1.  Cuchy Frito Man (Ray Rivera/Vin Roddie) 2:23
2.  Descarga Cubana (Delgado Miguel Angel Estivil) 2:58
3.  Soul Burst (Guajera) (Cal Tjader) 4:40
4.  The Bilbao Song (Kurt Weill/Berthold Brecht) 2:18
5.  Manteca (Walter Fuller/Luciano Pozo/Dizzy Gillespie) 6:36
6.  It Didn't End (Não Se Acabou) (Joao Donato) 3:57
7.  My Ship (Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin) 3:01
8.  Morning (Clare Fisher) 2:58
9.  Oran (Chick Corea) 4:00
10.  Curaçao (Cal Tjader) 6:15

Cal Tjader (Vibraphone, Cabasa)
Chick Corea (Piano)
Carlos "Patato" Valdes (Conga)
Jose Mangual (Timbales, Bongo)
Victor Pantoja (Percussion)
Seldon Powell (Flute) - 1-8
Bobby Rodriguez (Double Bass) - 2,3,6,8-10
Jerome Richardson (Flute) - 1,4,5,7,9,10
Jerry Dodgion (Flute) - 2,3,6,8
Attila Zoller (Guitar) - 1,4,5,7
Grady Tate (Drums) - 1,4,5,7
Oliver Nelson (Arrangement) - 1,4,5,7
Richard Davis (Double Bass) - 1,4,5,7


  1. I've been loving this since it came out. thanks

  2. A fine listen - thank you for posting it! A minor technical note: the cue file did not work as it pointed to a file named after the first track - easily repaired by opening with a word processor and changing the file name to Soul Burst.flac. It worked flawlessly after making the change.

  3. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing record of Tjader!



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