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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Tjader Gem 23 Jan. 2005
By Duncan Reid - Published on Amazon.com
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"Soul Bird" is great from start to finish so it's hard to choose highlights. There are the irresistible grooves of "Tin Tin Deo" and the curiously titled "Whiffenpoof Song". The former is a different arrangement of Dizzy's original. Tjader originals "Daddy Wong Legs" and "Soul Motion" will get your fingers snapping too. An additional Tjader original, the straight ahead jazz of "The Prophet" shows just how much Tjader could swing. Finally, the exquisite mid tempo "Reza" will put you in a romantic mood. Discover the other gems with open ears. Like other geniuses, Cal Tjader made the very difficult appear easy. Composing, arranging and interpreting at a very high level throughout his legendary career, Tjader was a true one of a kind. Accompanied by his usual cast of stellar musicians including Johnny Rae, Armando Peraza and Terry Hilliard, this record only gets better with listening. Long Live Cal Tjader!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another classic 8 Aug. 2002
By James W. Goetsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This one rates up there with "Soul Sauce"; nice, concise, to-the-point tracks. Great grooves and no overproduction with horns and strings. Get it before it disappears again.
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best 19 May 2013
By TheCritic - Published on Amazon.com
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A jazz artist from my parents generation, Cal Tjader's California and Cuban jazz styles are a joy. However, not all of his recordings were made using the best methods. That said, the audio fidelity (remember that term?) of this CD continues to impress each time I listen to it. Played thru a quality audio system, Soul Bird sparkles. As for the music content, I bought Soul Bird primarily for one song, "That's All" but I have found I really enjoy the other selections. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the other "Soul" titles 10 Jan. 2009
By Kenneth Mackenzie - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have bought it anyway, but I had high hopes on this cd after reading the other user reviews here, so I thought I'd give another view. This album comes between the popular "Soul Sauce" and the stellar and superior "Soul Burst". It has little in common with either - with some of the lineup from "Soul Sauce" but none of the verve (no pun intended) and little improvisation. Another reviewer wrote "concise"; terse might be a better description. Half of the songs don't make it to the 3:00 mark, some simply just state the theme nonchalantly and end or fade.

Cal is mostly not to blame here for the overall blandness, (although he seems far less enthused than normal here), he still plays great (when does he not?), and this is a Creed Taylor production after all. The vibes sound mushy (Phil Ramone to blame?) and don't sparkle as on finer Tjader discs. Richard Davis on bass is solid but seriously boring, same for drummer Sol Gubin. Pianist Paul Griffin is ok and is obviously into it, but a bit too sweet at times, often sounding hokey on the funky tunes, and at times might as well be a 1970s honky-tonk country & western pianist - for me he ruins some of the tracks, particularly "Doxy" - which was not off to a good start anyway with a questionable arrangement.

"The Whiffenpoof Song", "Soul Bird (Tin Tin Deo)", and "The Prophet" are all good, not great. "Samba de Orfeu" wins the prize for shortness with the quickest AABABA statement ever - a solo would've made it so much nicer. The best song is the one with the better line-up - "Reza", with Lonnie Hewitt and John Rae giving Cal some infusion of actual life. "Shiny Silk Stockings" comes in second with a pleasant breezey rendition; perfect background music for smiling and shopping, with a nice Cal solo and no solo from Griffin.

The special packaging is cool for retro enthusiasts but not so much if you want the retrospective low down on the recording, with only the original and somewhat stupid liner notes.

Not the disc to experience Cal Tjader for the first time - go to "Soul Burst" or even "Black Orchid" which has some seriously fiery sessions from 1959 that are not to be missed. If you are looking to fill in the holes of your Tjader collection - this one might dissapoint, although I wouldn't call it bad - just meh.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Owl and the Cool Cat 9 Dec. 2011
By Don E. Marchione - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No, this isn't a jazz version of The Owl and the Pussycat. Nor is it soul or soul jazz. It's really what could be described as that subset called "cool jazz." It feels cool rather than hard like bop. It's pleasant and rhythmic and devoid of self-indulgent weirdness. Most people could appreciate this as it was intended to appeal to the masses. I've never been particularly moved by Tjader's latin albums, especially those that have very strong percussive underpinnings. The perscussion is evident on this release but is much more subdued than on some of the other albums. No doubt, Cal Tjader was a very talented vibes player. I view this as one of his more appealing efforts. Sonny Rollins' Doxy is a standout. It's a jazz classic and Tjader certainly does a fine job with it as well as Reza. I can't find one "filler" song on the entire album and it's definitely worth owning if you enjoy the vibraphone. Tjader had his unique technique and the best way that I can describe it is: COOL. I recommend this CD but, unfortunately, it appears to have been released in limited quantities. Vinyl may be the alternative.

For those who are looking for a more dynamic approach to vibes, you might consider the Telarc release "Lionel Hampton & Friends" which features a tune entitled "Gerry Meets Hamp." Lionel Hampton's work on this is just incredible, and that's not an over-statement.
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