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Jazz At The Blackhawk

Cal Tjader Audio CD

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5. Thinking Of You, MJQ
6. I've Never Been in Love Before
7. Two For Blues Suite
8. When the Sun Comes Out
9. Lover, Come Back to Me

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A studio recording done in a live setting 22 Feb 2000
By Michael A. Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded "live" at San Francisco's Blackhawk jazz club on January 20th,1957. The music itself is very good, as there is no one smoother than Cal Tjader on vibes. The same can be said for his pianist, Vince Guaraldi. However, on this particular project, the quartet seemed to have attempted to produce a "studio like" sound in a "live" surrounding. In doing this, the album really lost a lot of it's potential luster. There is absolutely no dialog, all spaces between songs are done with hasty fade out, and Tjader himself saw to it that any extra sounds from the club itself were kept to an extreme minium. And with the excellent accoustics the Blackhawk provided, this album could easily fool the passive listener as a studio recording rather than done before a live audience. The title of the album, "Jazz At The Blackhawk", is well suited though; "Live at the Blackhawk" would have been somewhat of a misnomer. The music itself being superb, this album is worth owning, but if looking for music with that "live club sound" this album comes up short.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cool Jazz 24 July 2002
By Steven R. Seim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit up front: I'm not a big Cal Tjader fan. But, I am a big fan of Vince Guaraldi, and "Jazz at the Blackhawk" is probably the best recorded example of his pre-solo work. He had not yet developed his signature sound at this point, although glimpses of it can be heard on his whimsical original composition, "Thinking of You, MJQ." And, with straight-ahead cool jazz piano, a solid rhythm section, and Cal Tjader on vibes, the title of that song could make a good title for the entire album.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tjader & Guaraldi jazz before the Brazilian period- dynamite 25 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a live concert album from 1958 in San Francisco. There is more than one Tjader quartet album while Vince Guaraldi was still with him, but none better than this one. "When the Sun Comes Out" alone is worth the price of admission. The rythm section is outstanding.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1950's were cool in San Francisco 6 Nov 2008
By Ted Herrmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I got this record for my bar-mitzvah in 1962. It became one of my favorites, and it still swings to this day.

Back in those days, all the most famous cats in Jazz came out west to play the little clubs in the North Beach section of San Francisco, like the Blackhawk, the hungry i, and the Purple Onion. With records like this one and many others, you can just imagine yourself transported back in time to the era of super hip musicians playing the most progressive be-bop in town. This group was so laid back, you can barely see them through the smokey haze. Beautiful music. Cal Tjader gives you good vibes.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music; Lousy Digital Transfer 22 Oct 2006
By T. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is perhaps Cal and Vince's best music on record. And if you find a vinyl copy of this, new or old pressing, (mono is best) grab it. Unfortunately when he reached the point of transferring this from analogue to digital, Phil Lancie grabbed a mono tape and split it creating a muddled stereo transfer. Big goof was created. Consequently, one hears the group only through right speaker and an echo of same through the left. It's mud. Check out your buddie's vinyl of this. It is music made in heaven at the Blackhawk. The titles Land's End, When the Sun Comes Out, and the tribute to MJQ are so fine and you'll groove on Lover Come Back to Me. Buy all their stuff. No regrets.
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