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CAL TJADER & EDDIE PALMIERI
(USA, 1967) @
CD (Fania / Emusica - Remastered Edition 130 217), Released 1967; Re-Issued 2007
This record smokes like a chimney. There really isn't anything I could add to the review from John Childs at descarga dot net, so here it is
In about 1965, Cal Tjader showed up in New York where he saw Eddie Palmieri and his Conjunto La Perfecta performing at the Cheetah club. Cal proposed to Eddie that they record together: "Give me your band, the whole shit." A deal was struck between Morris Levy of Tico Records (Eddie's label) and Creed Taylor of MGM/Verve (Cal's) that they do an exchange of artists.
The sublime results were El Sonido Nuevo / The New Soul Sound (Verve, 1966) and Bamboleate (Tico, 1967), the second regarded by many as among Tjader's best, La Perfecta lending a harder edge to his usual work. "The key was Bobby Rodríguez, the greatest Latin bass player we ever had, " said Eddie in 1999. "The band was at its peak." Bobby solos on "Mi Montuno" which he co-wrote with Eddie. Neither the original vinyl release of Bamboleate nor this reissue credit the sidemen, but in addition to Bobby it's unmistakably Ismael "Pat" Quintana's voice providing chorus vocals. Pat calls out the name of Barry (Rogers) during his trombone solo at the beginning of the title track. Though on re-listening to the album after so long, surprisingly to me, is that the voice of Willie Torres calling out "Kako, Kako. A comer" at the opening of the timbales solo on the same track? Other suspects must surely include percussionist Manny Oquendo and Mark Weinstein (who wrote one track) on trombone. A stone classic.Very Highly Recommended. (John Child, 2007-04-14)
Song titles include:Bamboleate 3:23We've Loved Before 2:28Resemblance 5:38Mi Montuno 5:21Samba Do Suenho 3:51Guajira Candela 3:46Pancho's Seis Por Ocho 5:36Come And Get It 3:03
Musicians include:Eddie Palmieri PianoCal Tjader VibesBobby Rodríguez BassBarry Rogers, Mark Weinstein TrombonesIsmael Quintana Vocals...others