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Eddie Palmieri & Cal Tjader - We've Love Before

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Published on Feb 17, 2011

From the album "Bamboleate"..We've Loved Before...
a beautiful ballad with soul and west coast cool meets east coast cool..
which makes this the coolest ever.
In about 1965, Cal Tjader showed up in New York where he saw Eddie Palmieri
and his Conjunto La Perfecta performing at the Cheetah club. Cal proposed to Eddie
that they record together: "Give me your band, the whole shit." A deal was struck
between Morris Levy of Tico Records (Eddie's label) and Creed Taylor of MGM/Verve
(Cal's) that they do an exchange of artists.
The sublime results were El Sonido Nuevo / The New Soul Sound (Verve, 1966) and
Bamboleate (Tico, 1967), the second regarded by many as among Tjader's best,
La Perfecta lending a harder edge to his usual work. "The key was Bobby Rodríguez,
the greatest Latin bass player we ever had," said Eddie in 1999.
"The band was at its peak. " Bobby solos on "Mi Montuno" which he co-wrote with Eddie.
Neither the original vinyl release of Bamboleate nor this reissue credit the sidemen,
but in addition to Bobby it's unmistakably Ismael "Pat" Quintana's voice providing chorus vocals.
Pat calls out the name of Barry (Rogers) during his trombone solo at the beginning of the title track.
Though on re-listening to the album after so long, surprisingly to me, is that the voice of Willie Torres
calling out "Kako, Kako. A comer" at the opening of the timbales solo on the same track?
Other suspects must surely include percussionist Manny Oquendo and Mark Weinstein
(who wrote one track) on trombone. A stone classic.
Very Highly Recommended. ~John Child

One of the fantastic 60s collaborations between Cal Tjader and Eddie Palmieri --
a great set of grooves in which Cal's vibes and Eddie's piano come together in an excellent way,
stretching out on Latin jazz numbers that push the envelope from Cal's regular work, and which
have a stronger jazz component than most of Eddie's own albums from the time. Titles include
'Bamboleate', 'Resemblance', 'Guajira Candela', "Mi Montuno', and 'Come An Get It'. ~
Amazon Product Reviews

Personnel:
Eddie Palmieri - Piano
Cal Tjader - Vibes
Manny Oquendo - Timbales
Bobby Rodríguez - Bass
Barry Rogers, Trombones
Mark Weinstein - Trombones
Jose Rodriquez - Trombones
Ismael Quintana - Vocals
Tommy Lopez - Congo
George Castro - flute
Manny Oquendo - Timbales

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