Sentimental Moods

Sentimental Moods

by Cal Tjader


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Fantasy Records is to be commended for re-releasing so many of their classic Cal Tjader albums in the budget-priced two-for-one CD format, even if Sentimental Moods features one of their odder pairings. The first ten selections are culled from the dreamy mood music album Latin for Lovers (aka Latin for Lovers With Strings), and the final ten are from San Francisco Moods, a lean and mean West Coast jazz ode to his hometown. While these two sessions don't really go together, they do show you the breadth of what Tjader was recording for Fantasy at the time. While the Latin for Lovers selections aren't really Latin jazz (or even "Latin" or "jazz", for that matter), it is superior mood music with fine string arrangements written by Jack Weeks. If all lounge music was this good, the term couldn't be used as an insult. The soloists don't really stretch out at all, but Tjader, pianist Vince Guaraldi, and flutist Paul Horn each make their presence felt on regal, melodic passages. Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria are on the session, but unlike their sizzling one-track cameo on the next session's "Viva Cepeda," they are only around to keep strict time. So while the first half of the disc is upscale easy listening, those culled from San Francisco Moods show how underrated Tjader was at mainstream small-group jazz. Tjader starts out the session on piano, but on most tracks his vibraphone skills are given a real chance to shine. Tjader was always a giving group leader and guitarist Eddie Duran and the rest of the quartet are featured prominently. San Francisco Moods is an exhilarating session, one that veers from gritty, hard-swinging romps to uptown "chamber jazz" and back again without a hitch. Cal Tjader had such great success with Latin jazz that listeners and critics have tended to forget that he really was a major part of the cool West Coast jazz scene and that he recorded all kinds of music throughout his career. This CD reissue is a must-have for Cal Tjader fans and one that reminds people how far-reaching the vibraphonist's mainstream musical talent really was.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1996
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0025218244220
catalogNumber: 24742
Rank: 80723

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cal Tjader   Primary Artist,Piano,Vibes
Paul Horn   Flute
Eddie Duran   Guitar
Vince Guaraldi   Piano
McKibbon   Bass
Willie Bobo   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Johnny Horn   Flute
John Markham   Drums
Mongo Santamaría   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Albert White   Conductor
Jack Weeks   Bass
Harry Moulin   Strings
Eugene Winkler   Strings
Frances Wiener   Strings
Franz Wiener   Strings
Boris Blinder   Strings
John Mosher   Bass

Technical Credits

Phil Ochs   Composer
Roy Buchanan   Composer
John Harrison   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Cal Tjader   Composer
Jack Weeks   Arranger
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Gabriel Luna   Composer
Manuel Prado   Composer

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