2 sublime electric sets from the mighty Cal Tjader – both incredible Fender Rhodes records from the 70s! Agua Dulce is a very surprising little set – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them up with a hipper west coast electric style in the end! There's a bit of vocals on the set – somewhat unusual for Cal Tjader, and often used to augment the soulfully snapping grooves of the best tunes – but even more amazing is the heavy use of electric piano, played here by the amazing Al Zulaica, who's work on the album really ranks right up there with the best early 70s keyboardists on the coast! Zulaica's piano is amazing next to Cal's warmly chromatic vibes – and other instrumentation includes saxes from Bill Perkins, flute from Mel Martin, trumpet from Luis Gasca
, moog from Rita Dowling, and percussion from both Pete and Coke Escovedo! A nice mix of jazz and Latin stuff, with a sweet electric vibe, and a sound that hints at the direction Cal would take in the 70s. Titles include the killer "Aqua Dulce (Cool-Ade)", a fantastic version of "Gimme Shelter", a sublime of Clare Fischer's "Morning", and the cuts "Ran Kan Kan", "Descarga Cubana", "Curacao", and "Somewhere In The Night". Live At The Quarters is one of Cal's best electric sides from the 70s – and it boasts some amazing work on Fender Rhodes from Al Zulaica – a player we only know from a handful of Tjader records, and who has an amazing way of snaking in soulfully alongside the vibes! The group is small and tight – really just bass, drums, and congas – leaving plenty of room for the Fender Rhodes and vibes to intermingle wonderfully! Titles include the classic groover "Leyte", plus "Soul Sauce III", "Philly Mambo", "Cubano Chant", and "Manteca".