25 Oct '13, 4am

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED SALSA

On November 20, 1964, the Cal Tjader Quintet plus 5 had just finished recording a long version of Guachi Guaro, another version of Tjader’s first hit recording in 1954, Wachi Wara. After hearing it back, Tjader was unsatisfied, it lacked something, but he did not know what. Creed Taylor, producer of the album (which had no title at that moment) suggested a shorter version and a new title in that Guachi Guaro would be difficult to pronounce and it meant nothing. Tjader invited Willie Bobo to dub the jawbone (quijada). While doing so, his inspirations of Sabor, Sabor, Salsa Ahi Na Ma ,not only satisfied Tjader, but gave Tjader the idea for the album’s name Soul Sauce (Salsa del Alma). Bobo explained to Tjader that this track and the others: Pantano, Maramoor, Tanya and Leyte, were fiery, exciting like a well seasoned sauce. Thus the album Soul Sauce exhibits a fork on a plat...

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