Cal Tjader ‎– Tjader-Ade

Buddah Records ‎– BDS-19-SK
Vinyl, LP, Compilation

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A1 Solar Heat 2:30
A2 Never My Love
Written-By – Dick Addrisi, Don Addrisi
A3 Nica's Dream
Written-By – Horace Silver
A4 Don't Make Me Over
Written-By – Bacharach And David
A5 Lady Madonna
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
B1 Ode To Billy Joe
Written-By – Bobbie Gentry
B2 Here
Written-By – David MacKay*
B3 A Message To Michael
Written-By – Bacharach And David
B4 Alonzo
Written-By – Lonnie Hewitt


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January 5, 2019

I dont know what it is about recordings released by Buddha Records, but the pressings are always high-quality. The vinyl is very clean for being nearly 50 yrs old. The jacket itself is in outstanding condition, with an unusual 'textured' feel that gives the tactual feel of burlap or some other fabric. The playing of Cal is outstanding as always. Certainly one of the better Xmas gifts I have received in my life time.


September 4, 2018
I love this record! I have most of Cal's recordings--from his trio with Dave Brubeck through to the end, and I find Tjader-ade one of his most enjoyable. Sure, it's a little more commercial-sounding than his mambo and latin sides. Those records are great too. Real explorations of rhythm. Interestingly, most of his best latin stuff is recorded live! This record has some live stuff from Cal Plugs In. The arrangements and rhythm sections sound closer to rock than jazz in places, but don't be afraid. It's extremely catchy and played with real enthusiasm. Clearly, Tjader wanted to indulge his love of melody and popular music of the era --which was a golden age. Other sides of this compilation come from Solar Heat and a platter of Burt Bacharach covers. They are also more mainstream than jazz, but GREAT all the same. His Skye period is under-rated. He founded the label with Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo and ran it with them from 1968-1969. He may not have produced his most memorable albums for Skye, but these recordings represent a new direction for Cal and his best pop explorations. These songs do not quit! It's a bit of a guilty pleasure, but try not to like it. A little like Wes Montgomery's recordings for A&M, Cal Tjader's best Skye recordings as represented on Tjader-ade may be his most listenable.