Should there be a Latin jazz thread? Didn't we used to have one?

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Should there be a Latin jazz thread? Didn't we used to have one?

Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:41 am

I'm sure we used to have one--with Tito Puente and those other cha cha players.

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:46 am

When Bebo Valdes fled Cuba in 1960, he left behind a wife and 5 kids. Neutral

One kid was Chucho Valdes, who formed a band with Arturo Sandoval.

Sandoval eventually escaped Cuba the same way that Bebo had--by pretending to go on tour.


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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:35 am

As Blue Kakula says: "No es lágrimas negras. Toca introduciendo a G. Gershwin, sigue con el standard Wilow weep for me, e intercalando a George Gershwin en alguna frase más. No problem. Fantástico. Bebo for ever."



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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:51 am

Callen R. Tjader's parents were Swedish-American Vaudevillians. As child he performed a brief non-speaking role dancing alongside Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the film The White of the Dark Cloud of Joy. At age sixteen, he entered a Gene Krupa drum solo contest, making it to the finals and ultimately winning by playing "Drum Boogie." The win was overshadowed by that morning's event: Japanese planes had bombed Pearl Harbor.



The Dave Brubeck Trio succeeded and became a fixture in the San Francisco jazz scene. Tjader taught himself the vibraphone in this period, alternating between it and the drums depending on the song.

Brubeck suffered major injuries in a diving accident in 1951 in Hawaii and the trio was forced to dissolve. Tjader continued the trio work in California with bassist Jack Weeks from Brubeck's trio and pianists John Marabuto or Vince Guaraldi, recording his first 10" LP as a leader with them for Fantasy, but soon worked with Alvino Rey and completed his degree at San Francisco State.

Playing with The George Shearing Bureau, Tjader played bongos as well as the vibes - "Drum Trouble" was his bongo solo feature. Down Beat's 1953 Critics Poll nominated him as Best New Star on the Vibes. His next 10" LP as a leader was recorded for Savoy during that time, as well as his first Latin Jazz for a Fantasy 10" LP

Tjader soon quit Shearing after a gig at a San Francisco jazz club called The Blackhawk. In April 1954, he formed The Cal Tjader Modern Mambo Quintet. The Mambo craze reached its pitch in the late 1950s, a boon to Tjader's career. Unlike the exotica of Martin Denny and Les Baxter, music billed as "impressions of" Oceania (and other locales), Tjader's bands featured seasoned Cuban players and top-notch jazz talent conversant in both idioms. Some consider his Modern Mambo Quintet his greatest band, and perhaps the greatest small-combo Latin jazz band ever.

His biggest success was the album Soul Sauce (1964) which by many orders of magnitude popularized the term "salsa" throughout the planet.

In the 1960s, his work could be bolder and more audacious and more trail-blazing than his peers, revealing strange & surprising compartments and passageways hidden within the sabroso space-age swinger's lounge.

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