"Latin Music" is a concept that takes in a lot of territory, as the careers of these two American experts in Latin-inflected jazz make clear. Charlie Byrd, who studied with Segovia and led the way in importing Brazil's bossa nova to the U.S., and Cal Tjader, the gringo king of Afro-Cuban music, brought distinct perspectives (as well as accompanists from their respective working bands) to this completely simpático 1973 collaboration. The intriguing program includes two compositions that had recently been recorded by composer Airto Moreira's band, another pair from the then-unknown pianist Mike Wolff, one of Jobim's lesser-known gems, and "Black Narcissus" (which producer Orrin Keepnews recorded on three separate occasions with composer Joe Henderson). Among the features of the session are three opportunities to hear Byrd on electric guitar.
with Mike Wolff, John Heard, Joe Byrd, Mike Stephans, Dick Berk, Mayuto Correa