Tag: Cal Tjader

Sunday Jazz: Cal Tjader, “Shoshana”

Sunday Jazz: Cal Tjader, “Shoshana”

Music, Sunday Jazz
Yesterday would've been Cal Tjader's 86th birthday. In honor of the late, great vibraphonist and Latin musician -- who died of a heart attack on May 5, 1982 at age 56 -- let's listen to just one of his many brilliant contributions to Latin jazz. This is "Shoshana," originally released posthumously in 1984 on Good Vibes (Concord) and later released as part of the two-CD set called Cool Fire. Tjader was joined for the recording sessions by Mark Levine on piano, Poncho Sanchez on congas, Vince Lateano on drums and timbales, Roger Glenn on flute and percussion, and finally Gary Foster on flute, soprano and alto saxophone. Enjoy Cal Tjader's "Shoshana"! Related articles Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences eliminates the Latin Jazz Category (theurbanflux.wordpress.com) Sunday
Get to Know…Vince Guaraldi

Get to Know…Vince Guaraldi

Music
Had he never recorded a note for any of Charles Schulz's Peanuts specials, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi's legacy as a brilliant composer and pianist would still be secure.  His joyful and supremely melodic style is as immediately recognizable as any in music, and more than thirty years after his death his admirers encompass a wide range of musicians and music lovers; from casual jazz fans to purists, and even to outright jazz haters who proclaim, "I don't really like jazz, but I love his stuff." For this primer of Guaraldi's recorded output, I've categorized his music into three main areas rather than go with a strictly chronological approach.  These categories are not meant to be rigidly applied, but for the novice I think it makes more sense this way.  There's great music to be found