Friday, November 25, 2011

Cal Tjader - Amazonas (1995)

Cal Tjader - Amazonas (1995)
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Genre ~ Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban | Label ~ Fantasy/OJC

Cal Tjader's Brazilian explorations continue and actually deepen with this release, as he joins forces with a host of progressive young Brazilian musicians, all overseen by producer Airto Moreira. By now, Tjader had figured out how to fit into the blend, doing so by losing himself in the complex mix of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, American funk and 1970s-era electronics, integrating his own identity for the sake of the ensemble. Indeed, Tjader actually appears on marimba on tracks like Joao Donato's "Amazonas" and his collaboration with Hermeto Pascoal, "Mindoro," his playing taking on a more brittle edge as a result. Tjader's Southern Hemisphere cohorts include such emerging luminaries as keyboardist Egberto Gismonti, percussionist Robertinho Silva, the sometimes wild flutist Hermeto Pascoal and on one track, the superb trombonist Raul de Souza. The intricate arrangements are in the hands of George Duke, and so are the funky, occasionally spaced-out keyboard sounds (albeit under the contractually dictated pseudonym "Dawilli Gonga"). CD buyers get a welcome bonus, an extended, impassioned outtake of "Cahuenga." ~Allmusic

01. Amazonas (4:29)
02. Xibaba (5:55)
03. Mindoro (4:30)
04. Flying (4:11)
05. Corine (5:16)
06. Noa Noa (4:14)
07. Tamanco No Samba (5:33)
08. Cahuenga (4:46)
09. Cahuenga (long version) (9:29)

Cal Tjader - vibes, marimba
David Amaro - electric and acoustic guitars
Dawilli Gonga - electric keyboards
Egberto Gismnti - acoustic piano, syntehesizer
Luiz Alves - bass
Robertinho Silva - drums, percussions
Raul De Souza - trombone (on #6)
Hermeto Pascoal - flute (on #2, 3, 8, 9)
Aloiso Milanez - acoustic piano (on #7)

Produced by Airto (Moreira)
Executive Producer: Orrin Keepnews
Arrangements by George Duke
Recorded at Wally Heider's Recording Studio, Los Angeles; June 1975
Recording and Remix Engineer: Ken Caillat, assisted by Bill Broms
Additional Recording: Eddie Bill Harris, Don Cody (Fantasy Studios)
#9 remixed to digital by David Luke (Fantasy Studios)
Digital remastering, 1994 - Phil De Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Art Direction & Cover Art: Phil Carroll
Booklet Photo: Bruce Talamon

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