Cal Tjader Carmen McRae – Heat Wave – LP

Cal Tjader Carmen McRae - Heat Wave - LP

Cal Tjader Carmen McRae – Heat Wave – LP

Heat Wave is a 1982 studio album by vibraphonist Cal Tjader and jazz singer Carmen McRae. Tjader died four months after the completion of Heat Wave, it was his final recording. The album was arranged by pianists Mark Levine and Marshall Otwell. McRae and Tjader did not get on well during the recording, and Tjader later overdubbed his parts without McRae present. McRae chose to sing “Besame Mucho” in its original Spanish language lyrics, and Willie Bobo helped her with the pronunciation.

Heat Wave peaked at 25 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.

SIDE A:

01. HEAT WAVE (3:02)

02. ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR (4:23)

03. BÉSAME MUCHO (5:21)

04. EVIL WAYS (5:11)

05. DO NOTHING TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME (3:08)

SIDE B:


06. LOVE (3:02)

07. UPSIDE DOWN (Flor de Lis) (4:29)

08. THE VISIT (4:09)

09. SPEAK LOW (4:46)

10. DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT A THING (3:41)

CAL TJADER, vibes

CARMEN McRAE, vocals

MARSHALL OTWELL, piano
MARK LEVINE, piano
ROB FISHER, bass

VINCE LATEANO, drums

PONCHO SÁNCHEZ, congas and percussion
RAMÓN BANDA, timbales and percussion

AL BENT, trombone

MIKE HEATHMAN, trombone

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California, January 1982