Cal Tjader Plays/Mary Stallings Sings
by Cal Tjader
Released: Aug 2005
Label: Concord Records, Inc.
Cal Tjader used his position at Fantasy Records to showcase the then-unknown 22-year-old San Francisco jazz singer Mary Stallings. Tjader keeps the focus on Stallings' powerful, bluesy (but sometimes overly brassy) vocals instead of his own vibes (he even sits out long sections entirely), but his quintet offers a firm jazz cushion for the developing vocalist.