Cal Tjader: The Shining Sea (1981) MP3/Flac

altHave just spent a few days at a beach holiday resort with our daughter, husband and their friends. Had a wonderful time. Clear highlight was our walk along the foreshore at sunset on the last night there. It was calm and warm and low tide. Small wavelets were coming ashore and washed against our feet as we waded through the tepid water. A small red-billed gull trotted with us almost the whole way. When we stopped, it stopped. He/she just seemed to enjoy our company and wasn't fazed by the odd beach buggy whizzing by either. Cute bird.

Before we left home I grabbed a few CDs I thought the others may enjoy and this Cal Tjader was one of them. Appropriate title. After our walk in the sunset that night we came back to a snack of crackers, lovely smoked cheddar, a beautiful guava chutney made by a lady who runs the seaside cafe and also smoked mushrooms. And of course the requisite wine. I popped this CD into the player and it was just perfect for the occasion.

Thought I'd share it with you. It's the title of a Johnny Mandel song of course. In fact the whole album is a tribute to Johnny. Have a vocal version of the number on Peggy Lee's "Extra Special" disc which you'll find under her name in the Labels column.

If you'd like more detail regarding this album, here's some interesting info from jazz critic Alex Henderson:

When people think of Cal Tjader, they think of latin jazz. The vibist wasn't Hispanic himself, but, like trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, he demonstrated that a jazzman didn't have to be a Latino to be considered a master of afro-cuban rhythms. However, not everything that Tjader played had a strong Latin influence -- latin jazz was only one of the styles that he played and he sticks to a non-Latin approach to bop on "The Shining Sea". Percussionist Poncho Sanchez, who considered Tjader a mentor and played with him extensively during the last seven years of the vibist's life, isn't on this album. Instead Tjader leads a quintet that employs Scott Hamilton on tenor saxophone, Hank Jones on piano, Dean Reilly on bass and Vince Lateano on drums. Produced by the late Carl Jefferson in 1981 -- the year before Tjader's death -- this extremely melodic date is a tribute to composer Johnny Mandel. Hamilton and Jones have plenty of solo space and that's a good thing because this Mandel tribute called for soloists who weren't afraid to be lyrical. The quintet is as cohesive on "Emily" as it is on "Quietly There", "A Time for Love", and the title track. Equally triumphant is the quintet's interpretation of the "Song From M*A*S*H"; like Bill Evans (the pianist, not the saxophonist), Tjader and his allies demonstrate that the "Song From M*A*S*H" can easily lend itself to a jazz interpretation. "The Shining Sea" is not only an inspired salute to a great composer -- it's also one of the best albums from Tjader's Concord period. ~ Alex Henderson

01) Quietly There
02) Unless It's You
03) Emily
04) Theme from Agatha
05) A Time For Love
06) The Shining Sea
07) Don't Look Back
08) Theme from M*A*S*H*