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A nice early Cal Tjader set for Fantasy – featuring Cal's vibes set up in a piano and percussion mode – a bit like work by the George Shearing group, but with a hipper sound, and more of a firey Latin finish, thanks to percussion by the likes of Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria. Lonnie ... LP, Vinyl record album
Unlike the mellower Breeze from the East LP (another Tjader "eastern" session), this one's got some very lively Latiny stuff – despite the orientalist theme of the LP. There's a monster version of Horace Silver's "Tokyo Blues", plus takes of Lalo Schifrin's "The ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from legendary vibist Cal Tjader – and one of his truly electric albums! A key factor to the greatness of this one is keyboardist Al Zulaica – who plays some amazing Fender Rhodes on the album, really unlocking a whole new sound of Cal's vibes in the process! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
A 70s soulful classic from the mighty Stanley Turrentine! Stan's not the bad "Mister T" on this set – he's more in a smooth, mellow mode – blowing over some nice soulful arrangements by Gene Page, ones that take the CTI funk approach, add in some strings, and create a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album
A second volume of Duke Ellington material from Kenny Burrell – and like the first, an extremely fresh look at the tunes – given the way things change up throughout the sessions! The presentation here is nicely varied – not just a big band take on the Duke, nor some small combo ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet funky 70s work from Cannonball Adderley – a record that has him revisiting older tunes from his early soul jazz years – but in ways that give them a whole new electric vibe overall! The album's actually Cannonball's last full studio set, but it's also one of his greatest too ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honestly we've never been the hugest fans of Saunders, probably due to the fact that he was one of the more pandering Bay Area players of his generation, tipping up the hoke quotient for the rock crowd a little too much for our taste. But this is still a mid 70s Fantasy side, with a group ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great work from Woody – not as funky as some of his other 70s albums, but still a really excellent album with a much better sound than you'd expect! The group's filled with young hip players – most of whom we don't know, but who play with a lot of soul – and even Woody's pretty ... LP, Vinyl record album
A gem of a late life session from Bill Evans – part of that great run when Helen Keane was getting him in the studio in ways that really let Bill relax and open into some very personal modes on the piano! The group here is excellent – the mighty Eddie Gomez on bass and Eliot Zigmund on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tenorist Brew Moore was one of the best underrated players of the San Francisco scene of the 50s – and he had a gutsy tenor sound that almost made you think he was playing the baritone at times. This album is one of the few he ever cut as a leader, and it has him working with a quartet that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Later solo work by Earl Fatha Hines – an unusual one for Fantasy, but a very nicely done session! Titles include "Deep Forest", "Blues For Tatum", "Ann", "In San Francisco", "You Can Depend On Me", "My Monday Date", "Piano ... LP, Vinyl record album