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Album Review

Soul Sauce is one of the highlights from Tjader's catalog with its appealing mixture of mambo, samba, bolero, and boogaloo styles. Tjader's core band — long-time piano player Lonnie Hewitt, drummer Johnny Rae and percussionist's Willie Bobo and Armanda PerazaÑ — starts things off with a cooled down version of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo's latin jazz classic "Guachi Guaro (Soul Sauce)". With the help of guitarist Kenny Burrell, trumpeter Donald Byrd, and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath they offer up a lively version of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue." Sticking to his music's "Mambo Without a Migraine" reputation, though, Tjader's musicians keep things fairly calm, especially on Latinized ballads such as Billy May's "Somewhere In the Night" and on midtempo swingers like "Tanya." On Soul Sauce Tjader had perfected a middle ground between the brisk, collegiate mambo of his early Fantasy records and the mood-heavy sound of Asian themed albums like Breeze From the East. In the process, he dodged the "Latin lounge" label with an album full of smart arrangements, subtly provocative vibe solos, and intricate percussion backing.

Customer Reviews

Tasty and Low Fat

I cut my musical teeth on gems like this. Most tunes on this album deserve a 10 out of 10 rating. The entire album is truly "Soul Lifting" IMHO. So much for the tongue in cheek stuff. Mr. Tjader has a certain way with his music, particularly the vibes. You can feel his love and devotion come to life in his music. Classy and Classic all the way. Now sit back, relax (or dance) and enjoy Cal Tjader, one of lifes pleasures. Umm..

Soul Sauce

This album is as fresh and excitingl as the first time I heard it when it was originally released. Afro Blue was played and recorded by Coltrane and many others but Tjader's version still sends chills down my spine. Guachi Guara was a piece I choreographed my dancing to back in Miami Beach's first heyday. It was so much more interesting to dance to than anything I had heard at that time. Tjader's instrument gives a clean chrispy element to the usually heavier arrangement of latin rhythmic music and I never get tired of listening to it.

Song, "Soul Sauce" is Awesome!

One of my favorite songs is "Soul Sauce." Jazzy. Funky. Melodic. Whistle along with it! Can't write more, I'm bouncing around too much.


Born: July 16, 1925 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

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. He also...
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