Tjader’s vibes, Getz’s sax, Guaraldi’s piano, and Duran’s guitar all solo extensively during “Ginza’s” bossa nova part, but always stay true to the spirit of the song. Scott Lafaro may have been the least known member of the sextet at the time, but his bass solo during Tjader’s “Crows Nest” is a wonder.
Cal Tjader’s vibes never sound brighter than as the main voice of the Lerner and Lowe classic ballad “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face.” Getz shines brightly on the final track of the set, “My Buddy,” a Gus Kahn-Walter Donaldson composition.
The Sextet album is something of an anomaly in the Original Jazz Classics Remastered series as there are literally no leftovers from the original sessions. Everything those six men played that long ago afternoon was released at the time, which is saying something. Sextet remains as impressive and absorbing as it was all those years ago. Give it a listen.