Cal Tjader: Colorado Waltz


Colorado Waltz


Cal Tjader (vibes)


Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader (Audio Fidelity 004)

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Cal Tjader (vibes),

Joe Kloess (piano), Paul Warburton (bass), Michael Buono (drums), Armando Peraza (conga)


Composed by Cal Tjader


Recorded: Burbank, CA, 1968


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Touring the U.S. in 1882 to lecture on Aestheticism, a dandified Oscar Wilde ("I have nothing to declare," he assured a customs inspector, "except my genius") was ridiculed by snooty San Franciscans but caused an absolute sensation amongst the silver-mining ruffians of Leadville, Colorado. Eighty-six years later, Cal Tjader continues this ill-advised tradition of aesthetic arbitrage between Bay Area and Rocky Mountains. To a state with one of the U.S.'s highest proportions of Hispanics, Tjader dedicates a waltz—a form forged in that crucible of Spanish culture, 18th-century Vienna. An attractive piece, a lilting performance, but like Oscar Wilde, it's Coloradan by adoption only.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


  • 1 Duncan Reid // May 21, 2009 at 09:17 PM
    I like the bit of Oscar Wilde history but not the use of the term "Hispanic." It is a catch all term that doesn't even begin to describe all the different races and cultures that exist in Latin-America. In addition, "Spanish" is used incorrectly. Tjader often blended jazz with Cuban and Brazilian musical forms, which are already a blend of European (Spanish and French), indigenous and African cultures in the case of Cuban and Portuguese, indigenous and African in the case of Brazilian. Not to mention the influence of North American jazz, particularly on bossa nova. "Spanish" pertains to the music of Spain and its influence is only one component of the music of the Americas. By the way "Colorado Waltz" is a little bit waltzy but mostly Cuban jazz. No, it doesn't have much to do with the Mexican-American culture in Colorado. In 1968, they were a small minority anyway. Cal's point was to do a tribute to all the people who came to see him. As for the credits, the music on this CD was recorded live at the Red Onion in Aspen, Colorado not in Burbank, California.