On paper, Cal Tjader (1925-1982) seemed unlikely to achieve considerable success in Afro-Latin jazz. On disc, however, it was another story. The Swedish-American drummer-turned-vibist came a long way from St. Louis, his hometown, to bring a cool, West Coast sensibility to los ritmos calientes of Latin music. Tjader always hired the best players and discerningly mixed standards, Latin grooves, jazz tunes, and melodic contemporary pop. This was certainly the case on these 1976-77 performances, almost half of them recorded live. The dates also served as a reunion between Tjader and the superb pianist Clare Fischer who, like the leader, was (and is) an Anglo with a complete understanding of the push and pull of Latin styles.
with Bob Redfield, Rob Fisher, Pete Riso, Carmelo Garcia