Cal Tjader b/w Someone forgot to scan the 45 label…
“Listen -Cal Tjader – Soul Sauce – MP3″
7-18 Asbury Park 45 Sessions Set List
Cal Tjader – Soul Sauce (Verve)
Shark Wilson & the Basement Heaters – Make It Reggae (Ashanti)
Ray Barretto – Hard Hands (Fania)
Tommy McCook – Moon Invader (Dr Bird)
Tito Puente – Oye Como Va (Tico)
Johnny Lytle – You’ve Got to Love the World (Solid State)
Dottie Cambridge – He’s About a Mover (MGM)
Sugar Pie Desanto – Go Go Power (Checker)
Jackie Lee – The Shotgun & the Duck (Mirwood)
Gene Waiters – Shake & Shingaling Pt1 (Fairmount)
Roy Thompson – Sookie Sookie (Okeh)
Precisions – You’ll Soon Be Gone (Drew)
Radiants – Voice Your Choice (Chess)
Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can (Blue Thumb)
Harry J All Stars – Liquidator (Harry J)
Prince Buster – Al Capone (Blue Beat)
I come to you in the middle of a heat wave (we’re supposed to be closing in on 100 degrees today), and I figured if I was going to do a 45 Sessions wrap up, I’d better dig into my set list and serve up something hot.
The July Asbury Park 45 Sessions were (if we’re strictly talking records here) was another kick-ass chapter in the continuing saga of DJ Prestige and his merry band of vinyl wranglers. There were some predictably smoking sets by DJ Prestige (with a mind boggling stretch of Tighten Up and Tighten Up related tunes cut, scratched and blended to perfection, DJ Devil Dick, MFasis, Jack the Ripper and, arriving in the nick of time, DJ Prime.
The music was hot, but there was an unease in the air (no doubt a heat related mania of a sort) that culminated in a brief but spirited donnybrook which included a flying electric fan and a scrum in the middle of one of the lanes. By the time I took my leave equilibrium had once again been achieved (though no one can say for how long).
My own set – listed above – was by and large a departure from the heavy funk, with an emphasis in the first half on reggae and latin sounds, with a heaping helping of dance floor soul (much of the Northern variety).
The tune I bring you today was my lead-off record, and has been a HUGE favorite of mine for, well…FOREVER. Cal Tjader has been featured in this space before (and will be again, I assure you).
‘Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro)’ is a cover pulled from the very beginnings of latin jazz, written by none other than Dizzy Gillespie and the mighty conguero Chano Pozo. Originally laid down by Gillespie’s ground breaking bop-era big band, Tjader picked the tune up in 1965, laid a little boogaloo on it (assisted by Willie Bobo) and created what may be the ne plus ultra of dance floor jazz. Pull down the ones and zeros, grab yourself a mojito and just see of you can resist working up a sweat. ‘Soul Sauce’ is the perfect 45 for a hot summer night.
In related news, we creep ever closer to the one-million-hit mark, so sit tight and I’ll be back at the beginning of the week with some more goodness.