Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cal Tjader – Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof (2002)

Cal Tjader – Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof (2002)
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Genre ~ Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban | Label ~ Verve

In the ’60s, R&B was a much larger market than jazz. While John Coltrane or Art Blakey could fill a small club like The Village Vanguard, James Brown and the Temptations were selling out large auditoriums — gone were the days when jazz was very much a part of popular culture and Benny Goodman’s name was all over the pop charts. Soul’s popularity wasn’t lost on Verve, which is why some of Cal Tjader’s ’60s LPs had titles like Soul Sauce and El Sonido Nuevo: The New Soul Sound — Verve wanted the baby boomers who were buying Stax and Motown releases to notice Tjader as well. However, Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof isn’t the R&B-drenched project that some might expect it to be. Tjader’s vibes solos are soulful in that he plays with a lot of feeling, but he isn’t trying to be Marvin Gaye. Produced by Creed Taylor in 1965, Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof is primarily an album of laid-back cool jazz that has strong Latin leanings — Latin as in Afro-Cuban (“Tin Tin Deo”), Latin as in Brazilian (“Samba de Orfeu”). Taylor has always believed that post-swing jazz doesn’t have to be devoid of commercial appeal, and he sees to it that Tjader has a groove-oriented outlook whether he is embracing the standard “How High the Moon” or giving Frank Foster’s “Shiny Stockings” a bossa nova makeover. The funkiest thing on the album is Tjader’s version of Sonny Rollins’ “Doxy,” which he approaches as a boogaloo. But overall, these performances are more cool jazz than soul-jazz. Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof (which Verve reissued on CD in 2002) isn’t among Tjader’s essential albums, but it’s an enjoyable demonstration of the vibist’s ability to be a bit more commercial than usual and still maintain his bop-based integrity. ~Allmusic

01. The Whiffenpoof Song (2:05)
02. Soul Bird (Tin Tin Deo) (2:41)
03. How High the Moon (4:09)
04. That’s All (2:04)
05. Soul Motion (3:10)
06. Reza (4:10)
07. The Prophet (3:01)
08. Sonny Boy (3:32)
09. Doxy (4:22)
10. Samba de Orfeu (2:02)
11. Shiny Silk Stockings (2:33)
12. Daddy Wong Legs (3:42)

Cal Tjader – vibes
Richard Davis, Terry Hilliard – bass
Paul Griffin, Lonnie Hewitt – piano
Sol Gubin, John Rae, Grady Tate – drums
Armando Pereza – percussion

Original recordings; recorded at A&R Recording, New York City, June 1 and 2, 1965;
and Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, July 21 and 22, 1965
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
Cover Design: Winfield Bruder
Cover Photo: Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History
Liner notes by E. Rodney Jones
Produced by Creed Taylor

Reissue; produced by Bryan Koniarz
Mastered by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering Studios - East
Production assisted by Austin Brentley and Mark Smith
Art directed by Hollis King
Designed by Isabelle Wong/Isthetic
Art production managed by Sherniece Smith
Executive Producer: Ken Druker

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