Cal Tjader Plays Harold Arlen by Cal Tjader


Cal Tjader Plays Harold Arlen is an album by American vibraphonist Cal Tjader, five of its 11 tracks arranged by Tjader's longtime colleague Clare Fischer. Recorded in June 1960 and released in February 1962 on the Fantasy label,[ Fantasy Album Discography, Part 3]. Both Sides Now Publications. Retrieved 2013-02-07. it would be reissued on CD - together with Tjader's similarly semi-orchestral 1961 LP, West Side Story (by which time Fischer had become Tjader's full-time pianist and musical director) - on July 30, 2002, as Cal Tjader Plays Harold Arlen and West Side Story.

The original Arlen LP is neatly divided, in terms of personnel, between sides 1 and 2, the former consisting solely of Tjader, backed by piano, bass and drums, and the latter supplementing that unit with a string section and harp, arranged and conducted by Fischer. Notwithstanding its belated release (more than a year after West Side Story), this appears to be the first recorded collaboration between Fischer and Tjader, who would remain close, both personally and professionally, until Tjader's death in 1982.