LOVE Cal Tjader! My parents used to play his records at parties! One of the fathers of Latin Jazz, my absolutely favorite genre of music! Every type of Jazz there is; big band to small combo, electric to acoustic, tightly written to free. Has a very rich and deep history and so many genius-level players that can easily be compared to the greats of ANY era. I've never mentioned it or recommended anything because as international a group as seems to populate head-fi, it doesn't seem to have many Latino members, not that one needs to be Latino to enjoy Latin jazz. On the contrary, 'gringos' love it (especially the ladies!!). It's just that given the comparatively small number of posts in the jazz threads, I think a thread about Latin jazz would sink like a stone:(. But since the door's been open a crack, I'll charge in!
Dave Samuels did a great tribute to Cal Tjader featuring some of the best players; 'Tjaderized'. Currently I've got the latest from Manuel Valera in heavy rotation; 'Expectativas', tremendous record! I'll return you to your regularly scheduled programming now!