Milestones Of A Legend - 20 Original Albums (10CD)

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Cal Tjader

Cal Tjader is a legend of Jazz vibraphone - Original albums by one of the pioneers of Latin Jazz and one of the most important musicians of the West Coast Jazz scene in California - Feat. Stan Getz, Anita O'Day, Dave Brubeck, Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Paul Horn and many more.

Cal Tjader was one of the pioneers of Latin Jazz and his principal instrument, the vibraphone, and one of the most important musicians of the West Coast Jazz scene in California. He was born in 1925 to a couple of Swedish dancers in St. Louis, Missouri, when the Vaudeville troupe to which his parents belonged made a stop-over there. The family settled down in San Mateo, California, two years later and Tjader received classical piano and tap dance lessons from his parents. Early live- and movie-appearances brought him the reputation of a tap dancing boy wonder.

As a sixteen-year-old, he won a Gene Krupa talent contest as a drummer. After his military service as a paramedic he wanted to become a teacher via the G.I. bill, but he met Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond at San Francisco State College in the late Forties and soon became the drummer in Brubeck's Octet. In Brubeck's trio he switched to drums and vibraphone, being self-taught on the latter. After Brubeck had an accident, Tjader founded his own trio. As the vibraphonist of the popular George Shearing Quintets, he won the Downbeat Critics Poll for the first time in 1953. Tjader and bassist Al McKibbon convinced Shearing to include Cuban percussionists in the band, while Tjader also played bongos. With McKibbon he listened to the most important musicians of the Latin jazz scene: Machito, Chico O'Farrill and the great percussionists Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo, both members of Tito Puente's orchestra.

He left Shearing not much later and laid the foundation for his world career with the popular Cal Tjader Modern Mambo Quintet. Over the next ten years he recorded 30 albums for Fantasy Records, of which many highlights have been gathered here. He switched to Verve in the 60s, where he landed his biggest hit with 8222;Soul Sauce". Sadly, he suffered a fatal heart attack on tour in 1982. His music is timeless and was discovered by a young audience through the Acid Jazz DJs at the end of the 80s and was used in a new context by countless samples in important hip-hop productions.

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  1. Moten Swing
  2. I've Never Been In Love Before
  3. There Will Never Be Another You
  4. How About You
  5. Jeepers Creepers
  6. A Minor Goof
  7. My One And Only Love
  8. Imagination
  9. I'll Know
  10. Brew's Blues
  11. Yesterdays
  12. Out Of Nowhere
  13. Fascinatin' Rhythm
  14. Guarachi Guaro
  15. The Lady Is A Tramp
  16. It Ain't Necessarily So
  17. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  18. For Heaven's Sake
  19. Mambo Macumba
  20. East Of The Sun
  21. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
  22. I Concentrate On You


  1. Mamblues
  2. Midnight Sun
  3. Sonny Boy
  4. Cherry
  5. I'll Remember April
  6. This Can't Be Love
  7. Tenderly
  8. Dearly Beloved
  9. Chloe
  10. Lucero
  11. Bye Bye Blues
  12. Autumn Leaves
  13. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
  14. Lullaby In Rhythm
  15. Singin' In The Rain
  16. I'll Remember April
  17. Body And Soul
  18. Let's Fall In Love
  19. Laura
  20. Indiana
  21. Blue Moon
  22. Tea For Two
  23. Undecided
  24. That Old Black Magic


  1. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  2. It Never Entered My Mind
  3. A Light Groove
  4. The Night We Called It A Day
  5. Fancy Bea
  6. A Fifth For Frank
  7. For All We Know
  8. Miss Wiggins
  9. Our Love Is Here To Stay
  10. September Song
  11. Sweet Georgia Brown
  12. Spring Is Here
  13. ‘S Wonderful
  14. Perfidia
  15. Avalon
  16. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  17. Always
  18. How High The Moon
  19. Squeeze Me
  20. Heart And Soul
  21. Too Marvelous For Words


  1. Invitation
  2. Lover Come Back To Me
  3. September Song
  4. Will You Still Be Mine
  5. I Love Paris
  6. Tropicana
  7. Moonlight In Vermont
  8. Bye Bye Blues
  9. Manuels Mambo
  10. All The Things You Are
  11. Blues From Havana
  12. Mi China
  13. Close Your Eyes
  14. Mambo At The "M"
  15. Contigo
  16. Bonita
  17. The Lady Is A Tramp
  18. Black Orchid
  19. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
  20. I've Waited So Long
  21. Out Of Nowhere
  22. Guajira At The Blackhawk


  1. Running Out
  2. Raccoon Straits
  3. The Last Luff
  4. Sigmund Stern Groove

Coit Tower

  1. Triple T Blues
  2. Union Square
  3. Skyline Waltz
  4. Viva Cepeda
  5. Grant Ave. Suite
  6. Prologue - Jet Song
  7. Something's Coming
  8. Maria Interlude
  9. Maria
  10. Tonight
  11. America
  12. Cool
  13. One Hand, One Heart
  14. I Feel Pretty - Somewhere


  1. Doxie
  2. Afro Blue
  3. Laura
  4. Walkin' With Wally
  5. We'll Be Together Again
  6. Round About Midnight
  7. Love Me Or Leave Me
  8. Tu Crees Que
  9. S.S. Groove
  10. Night In Tunisia
  11. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
  12. Lover Come Back To Me
  13. Tumbao


  1. S.S. Groove
  2. Goodbye
  3. Moment in Madrid
  4. Rezo
  5. Love for Sale
  6. Then I'll Be Tired of You
  7. Theme for Duke
  8. Cuban Fantasy
  9. Manila
  10. Key Largo
  11. Tumbao
  12. Bludan
  13. Chispita
  14. September Song
  15. Cal's Pal
  16. Para-Ti
  17. Mamblues


  1. Mighty Rumblin' Blues
  2. It Ain't Necessarily So
  3. God Bless The Child
  4. Just Squeeze Me
  5. I Didn't Know About You
  6. I'm Beginning To See The Light
  7. Goodbye
  8. Why Don't You Do Right?
  9. Honeysuckle Rose
  10. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
  11. Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Saving My Love For You)
  12. Mr. Blues
  13. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
  14. For All We Know
  15. Ginza
  16. Crow's Nest
  17. Liz Anne
  18. Big Bear
  19. My Buddy


  1. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
  2. Ill Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good)
  3. When The Sun Comes Out
  4. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
  5. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  6. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  7. Over The Rainbow
  8. Out Of This World
  9. Last Night When We Were Young
  10. The Man That Got Away
  11. Blues In The Night
  12. Thanks For The Memory
  13. It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream
  14. Just In Time
  15. Under A Blanket Of Blue
  16. That's Your Red Wagon
  17. Peel Me A Grape
  18. An Occasional Man
  19. The Party's Over
  20. I Believe In You
  21. Mr. Sandman
  22. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
  23. I'm Not Supposed To Be Blue Blues


  1. Mambo Terrifico
  2. A Night In Tunisia
  3. The Continental
  4. Afro Blue
  5. Cuban Fantasy
  6. Rezo
  7. Vai Querer
  8. Qué Tristeza
  9. Meditação
  10. Soñé
  11. Se É Tarde, Me Perdõa
  12. Não Diga Nada
  13. Silenciosa
  14. Elizete
  15. Imagen
  16. Tentação Do Inconveniente
  17. Preciosa
  18. Chôro E Batuque