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Cal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz

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Cal Tjader was undoubtedly the most famous non-Latino leader of Latin jazz bands, an extraordinary distinction.
From the 1950s until his death, he was practically the point man between the worlds of Latin jazz and mainstream bop; his light, rhythmic, joyous vibraphone manner could comfortably embrace both styles. His numerous recordings for Fantasy and Verve and long-standing presence in the San Francisco Bay Area eventually had a profound influence upon Carlos Santana, and thus Latin rock

The contributions of this late pioneering jazz vibraphonist--composer, arranger and band leader Cal Tjader have largely been undervalued. This book is a major corrective. The greater part covers the Grammy winner's 40-year professional life, and his explorations of both Latin and jazz music. His personal life is remembered by those who knew Cal best. The extensive research going into this book features many interviews with family, friends and colleagues both in the Bay Area and elsewhere; all the liner notes throughout Tjader's prolific recorded output; and interviews with the man himself as well as relevant articles and books. An exhaustive discography chronicles all his sessions.

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