Cal Tjader Quartet
CAT # OJCCD-950-25
1. Battle Hymn Of The Republic 3:21 2. It Never Entered My Mind 3:41 3. A Light Groove 5:16 4. The Night We Called It A Day 3:10 5. Fancy Bea 3:45 6. A Fifth For Frank 4:54 7. For All We Know 4:48 8. Miss Wiggins 6:01 9. Our Love Is Here To Stay 5:27
Working over a rhythm section of piano, bass, and drums was the format of choice for vibes players in 1956, given the success of Milt Jackson in the Modern Jazz Quartet. For Cal Tjader, though, it was a significant change of pace from the percussion-heavy Latin groups that had made him the most important new star on the instrument. Tjader took the occasion of this straight-ahead setting to emphasize his debt to Jackson, especially on the blues "Miss Wiggins," where the elegant economy of pianist Gerald Wiggins makes the MJQ mood even more overt; yet the vibist and his partners establish a rhythmic approach and uncluttered conception of their own that places a distinctive group personality on the session. The playing and writing of both Wiggins and bassist Gene Wright also contribute significantly to a recital in which Tjader made clear that crossover success had in no respect diminished his equally potent jazz talent.
with Gerald Wiggins, Gene Wright, Bill Douglass
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