Thursday, 21 February 2008

Several Shades of Jade by Cal Tjader

Produced by

Arranged by Lalo Schifrin

Recorded in New York City April 23rd, 24th and 25th 1963

This Album has a Far, Middle and Near East theme running through it. The arrangements and production are very adventurous for the time. Lalo Schifrin is very evident on this Album and his unique style is rapidly taking form. Most of the Schifrin arrangements have a filmic quality to them. This could easily be a soundtrack album.

"The Fakir" is pure Schifrin with the percussion taking the driving seat. "Song of Yellow River" has a great Bass line that has real charge to it. "Sahib" is brilliant with it's lazy groove and fantastic drumming by Eddie Shaughnessy. "China Nights" is an example of great mellow jazz. The final track on the Album "Hot Sake" is Lalo doing what he does best.

Side One

1. The Fakir

2. Cherry Blossoms

3. Borneo

4. Tokyo Blues

Side Two

1. Song Of Yellow river

2. Sahib

3. China Nights (Shina No Yuro)

4. Almond Tree

5. Hot Sake


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