by Cal Tjader
Released: Nov 1956
Tell this to your Latin Studies professor: one of the founding bandleaders of what became known as Latin jazz was the white-bread vibraphonist Cal Tjader. By the mid-1950s, his percussion-heavy Latin albums were outselling his straight cool jazz sessions by a wide margin. That said, most of his early Latin jazz records were pretty dull. With 1956's Latin Kick, Tjader's studio records really started showing the sizzle that his concerts were justly famous for. "Manual's Mambo" illustrates how Cal's vibes could ride a groove, while "Blues from Havana" spotlights the short-lived saxophonist Brew Moore.
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