No video today, just the easiest way for me to post a musical sample of his phenomenal influence on jazz from the Latin perspective. I asked my wife to give me a random year and she picked 1980. So, I started digging and while digging the name Cal Tjader kept repeating in my head from a rhyme I was thinking about, so I thought to look it up today, just out of curiousity, and I found out that he was a musician, a Grammy Award winning artist in fact, in the year 1980. Best Latin Recording “La Onda Va Bein.” How lovely was that find…hmmm, all things fall in place when you just roll with it. His music was sampled many a time by hip hop producers, so Thank you and RIP to Cal Tjader.
This post is also a testament to how powerful Hip Hop can be when used properly, as a tool for education, uplift, inspiration and information. If it weren’t for Pete Rock (of Pete Rock and CL Smooth) I would never had heard of the name Cal Tjader (silent “t”).
“It’s coming soon, so chill and don’t stress the creator/ I’ll kick funk loops from here to Cal Tjader…
From the Pete Rock and CL Smooth song called “In the Flesh,” from an incredible “Main Ingredient” album. I had no idea who Cal Tjader was or what it was, because the quoted lyric makes a reference as if its a location, just to show you how much I knew about Tjader. Anyways, thanks Pete for the inspiration for the Grammy Chase entry.
lyric at the 3:42 mark.