Tjader's Mambo Mindoro track is taken from his ground-breaking album and features his light, joyous touch on vibes. Equally captivating is a 1985 vocal by Tania Maria, Sangria, during which she scats with fiery intensity in front of a live audience. Byrd's offering features him on guitar and Ken Peplowski on flute as they both get deep into the bossa nova.
Corea's contribution is Soul Sauce, on which the veteran pianist teams up with Poncho Sanchez, Peter Escovedo, Dave Samuels and Dave Valentin on the Dizzy Gillespie/Sanchez composition which has become a Latin jazz classic. Ditto Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man, for which he won an Emmy back in 1962. The rollicking Concord version is by Sanchez and Santamaria, who recorded it in 1996 on Congo Blue.