Tjader first (with 'sky-rocketing brilliance') combined Asian music and jazz to create 'several shades of jade' and 'breeze from the east' then in 1964 released the hit album 'Soul Sauce' which charted and sold 100,000 copies. In 1968, Tjader formed Skye Records with guitarist Gabor Szabo and composer and fellow-vibist Gary McFarland, launching the label with the fine 'solar heat' (which includes two McFarland's compositions 'fried bananas', the beautiful 'theme from 13' from the film 'eye of the devil' and 'Felicidade' by the master of bossa nova, Antonio Carlos Jobim) followed by an underrated collection of Bacharach standards ('Cal Tjader sounds out Burt Bacharach') where the vibist performs this famous material with originality (notably the solemn 'message to Michael') and rare melodic sensitivity. It is the Skye period on which 'Fried Bananas' concentrates, drawing on both McFarland produced studio albums and two live sets including 'Cal Tjader plugs in' recorded in California early in 1969. EL Records. 2005.