Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
There's a breezy cool at the heart of this homage to the late jazz great Cal Tjader. As performed by vibe player Dave Samuels, who has made music with Spyro Gyra in the past, this LP maximizes what might be construed as a ... more »
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There's a breezy cool at the heart of this homage to the late jazz great Cal Tjader. As performed by vibe player Dave Samuels, who has made music with Spyro Gyra in the past, this LP maximizes what might be construed as a nod to '60s and '70s-era James Bond-like suavity. It's compulsively easy to listen to as background noise yet it tweaks the memory by combining style and sensibility with a dreamy, old-world approach. It's both complex and vapid; dark and light--and most of all--compels the listener to reach for that frosty glass of whatever sitting on the coffee table. Tjader was a guiding force to an era of light jazz, calypso beats, and Latin styles, and as honored by Samuels, he's also reminiscent of artists the likes of Ramsey Lewis and the whole "in crowd" mindset while still maintaining his individuality. Great listening for a summer day. --Paula Nechak
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A Very Nice Tribute
Chuck S. | New Jersey | 04/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been listening to Spyro Gyra for years, and have always enjoyed Dave's contributions to their albums. So, it's no surprise that Dave's solo projects have found their way to my collection. This record is excellent from beginning to end, and it features a wide range of supporting musicians. For example, Eddie Palmieri, who collaborated with Tjader, plays piano on 3 tracks (which he wrote or co-wrote). Also, Dave Valentin is featured on flute on 4 of the tracks, including a five minute version of "Soul Sauce". More important, this record prompted me to learn more about the work of Tjader. If you are a fan of Tjader, Latin Jazz, and/or the vibraphone, this CD is a must."
Very well thought out and addicting
Larry@paradigm-interactive.com | USA | 06/12/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up this cd on the recommendation of a friend and am plesantly surprised. The best tracks for my ears are when Dave used a guitar player. Lucky for us that player is Steve Khan, who has played on many, many records. His solos wash in like a waterfall and envelope the the entire scope of the music. I would have liked for Dave to use him more, Unfortunately the guitar is only used on 2 tracks.Overall this is a real joy and Dave's playing pays a fine tribute to Cal Tjader."