Cal Tjader: Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro)


Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro)


Cal Tjader (vibes)


Soul Sauce (Verve 27756)

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Cal Tjader (vibes), Willie Bobo (percussion),

Lonnie Hewitt (piano), John Hilliard (bass), Johnny Rae (drums), Armando Peraza (percussion)


Composed by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo; arranged by Cal Tjader


Recorded: November 20, 1964


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Quite possibly the most famous non-Latino Latin jazz musician, vibraphonist Cal Tjader recorded a very popular remake of Dizzy Gillespie’s and Chano Pozo’s “Guarachi Guaro” (or "Guachi Guaro" as Tjader calls it). Tjader’s band featured a style of Latin jazz that was more subdued than some of his contemporaries, although on this track the stellar cast of musicians—including percussionists Johnny Rae, Armando Peraza and Willie Bobo—pay homage to the song’s composers with a very lively performance. Lonnie Hewitt’s piano vamp may remind listeners of a similar one featured in Tito Puente’s song, “Oye Como Va.” Tjader’s virtuosity is at the forefront of this track—another great, groove-oriented bugalu of the early 1960s.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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