By S. Duncan Reid
The contributions of this past due pioneering jazz vibraphonist--composer, arranger and bandleader Cal Tjader have mostly been undervalued. This booklet is an enormous corrective. The better half covers the Grammy winner's 40-year specialist existence, and his explorations of either Latin and jazz song. His own lifestyles is remembered via those that knew Cal top. The wide examine going into this publication gains many interviews with kinfolk, buddies and co-workers either within the Bay zone and in other places; all of the liner notes all through Tjader's prolific recorded output; and interviews with the fellow himself, in addition to appropriate articles and books. An exhaustive discography chronicles all his classes.
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Tjader stored involved through the years and infrequently the youngsters could get a trip from Grandma. The forever intoxicated Callen Sr. , nevertheless, used to be no longer a welcome visitor in his eldest son’s family. His sole stopover at was once marred via irrelevant dresses — he used to be donning pajamas — and extremely undesirable habit. Senior married a half-dozen ladies in his lifetime and lived together with his final spouse, Irene, on 547 Esplanade street in within sight Paciﬁca. Rick simply visited his father once or twice within the Fifties, yet Curry and Cal endured to have a dating with him, albeit a minimum one, in next years. Liz remembered that her grandfather’s condominium was once ﬁlthy. still, she loved the corporate of Irene, a candy older girl who hand knit Afgahn-style blankets for her and Rob. Then, on July 22, 1967, 74-year-old Callen R. Tjader, Sr. , was once admitted to Letterman clinic. He were struggling with persistent bronchitis and emphysema for 20 years and arteriosclerotic center ailment for a decade. even supposing he didn’t have a lot area on his docket, Tjader made time to determine his father earlier than he died of a center assault on August 2. As he was once status solemnly via the mattress with Liz, Senior requested him for a shot of vodka. one hundred twenty Cal, Rick and Curry, then a resident of Encino, California, had misplaced either one of their mom and dad in lower than 4 months. on the time, Rick, the one nonmusical brother, labored in his wife’s relations company (plumbing provides) in Belmont. After learning piano as a formative years, Curry turned a ﬁne drummer. He had knocked round northern California as a pacesetter and sideman within the early ’60s, taking part in at such venues as Lenzi’s in Eureka and Robaire’s, a fancy French eating place in Oakland. In 1965, he joined the Baja Marimba Band, 146 CAL TJADER The brothers Tjader, from left, Curry, Rick and Cal at Rick’s domestic in Belmont, California, circa 1965 (author’s collection). led via marimbist Julius Wechter. Curry visited Belmont that 12 months and he, Cal and Rick took benefit of this rather infrequent in individual assembly to meet up with one another. Hip Vibrations featured preparations via Benny Golson and was once at first recorded in the course of Tjader’s October 2 recording consultation in l. a.. The tune, in spite of the fact that, used to be judged unﬁt for unencumber and a brand new consultation was once scheduled for December 12, 1967, in ny urban. This time Benny Golson shared the writing chores with Bobby Bryant, simply extra names so as to add to the record of top-ﬂight arrangers Tjader had the chance to paintings with in the course of his years with Verve. additionally, he regularly attracted many jazz stars to his tasks. Esmond Edwards got here via for Cal via putting him in an agreeable surroundings with pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Mel Lewis, between others. you possibly can simply photograph a grin or a bit chew at the reduce lip as his mallets pass ﬂying via no longer one yet solos on Golson’s composition “Blues March. ” Hancock and Tjader stalwart Jerome Richardson (ﬂute) also are given area to roam during this procession. “March,” the opener, pronounces that the LP’s drawing close vibrations could be emanating principally from Tjader’s jazz character.