Cal Tjader vs Herbie Mann
Who's king of the super common ethnic carpetbagging jazz bins?I think I have like 50 records by each of these guys. I went through them over the past week trying to weed out the shit and was amazed at how consistently good they are. Both started out playing relatively straight ahead jazz and went on to explore other "ethnic" styles. Mann was all over the place while Tjader stuck to the Latin thing.I think Mann's group with Roy Ayers, Sonny Sharock, Ahmed Abdul Malik and Brunno Carr was perfect. But I'm gonna have to give it to Tjader.