Hadley Caliman
Kozmigroov Albums
Hadley Caliman [Mainstream, 1971]
Iapetus [Mainstream, 1972]
Projecting [Catalyst, 1976]
Celebration [Catalyst, 1977]

Hadley Caliman was all over Bay Area lps for a couple of years in the early 70s, including faves by Azar Lawrence and Luis Gasca. I think he had a pretty serious dope problem in the 60s, and so was something of a late bloomer. He generally plays in a post-Coltrane mode, and his LPs for Mainstream and Catalyst are pretty good, although the Mainstream features a particularly unflattering close-up on the cover, which I'll probably appropriate for a flyer some day. [DS]

Caliman also injected his spatial sax and flute into sessions for Julian Priester's Love, Love, Bayete's Worlds Around The Sun and Shades of Joy's Music of El Topo. His first eponymous recording on Mainstream is straight modal bop, while the Iapetus record delves further into jazz of occasional Latin and/or electronic persuasion, all laced with some some of the most ridiculously loose playing (check "Watercress", fr'instance.) Makes one wonder exactly what aesthetic Caliman and producer Bob Shad were trying to lay down. Projecting and Celebration document the retreat into acoustic bop. [DW]

Hadley is alive and well in 2009 at age 77 in Seatlle. His 2008 recording was "Gratitude". He and Luis Gasca were a Bay Area staple in the 70's. "Google" his official website and learn more about recent activities.
[Frank Herch]

Don't forget that Hadley Caliman played that haunting sax opening for the Caravanserai album of the Santana band (4th album, circa 1971).

I was working with Freddie when he recorded with Joe Henderson. The only thing I've done is Skagly. My style is unique and I never presume to copy anybody else.
[hadley caliman]

Simon, I now have that on LP. I will get that info for you.

Hi there, I was wondering if anyone who has "Iapetus" could have a look at the cover and give me an actual recording date, or point me somewhere where I may find that out ?
Many thanks,
Simon Hunt
[Simon Hunt]

One mystery remains for me re: Hadley Caliman. On two separate occasions when I was speaking with Joe Henderson, circa 1993, he complained that Hadley had substituted for him (Joe) on two Freddie Hubbard recording sessions; once circa 1971/2 (for CTI featuring George Benson) and the other time in late 1978. He claimed that Hubbard's 1980 LP Skagly with Hadley had either Caliman closely imitating his (Joe's) style or worse yet, that unreleased tracks made by Freddie with Joe a year before in an aborted recording session (cut short by Hubbard's falling ill) had been issued without credit on the final album. I listened once again last month to Skagly and there are 2 tracks where the tenor sounds just like Joe, but is credited to Hadley. Obviously they both belong to the same school of playing, following in the footsteps of Junior Cook, but the similarity here is remarkable. I'm not saying there's a conspiracy here, but Joe raised the issue, and I am curious if any of you Caliman fans can do a blindfold test listening to Skagly and post what you think. I notice that in this string about Hadley, the album Skagly (or even Hubbard) is not mentioned at all.
[Larry Cohn]

During that powerful "Mainstream Label" era there many other solid recordings (i.e. Harold Land, Hal Galper, Blue Mitchell ect..)Where is this lost label?

Check out Hadley Caliman on Joe Henderson's "Canyon Lady" CD,(Milestone Record). Hadley is doing some nice things on this CD. This helps in following the Caliman trail. If YOU know of any others leads, please post.

I have all 4 LPs and they will be with me forever, along with a few other titles off the Mainstream label. For me nothing tops Iapetus and Projecting.

Iapetus is a kozmigroov classic which, while typical of the era, has enough ingenuity and excitement that lifts it far above the crowd. Even thinking about those tunes as I'm typing this gves me a buzz. I laugh when I read Dougs comment about "Watercress" and the Bob Shad production... nice one. Also a lot of killer rhodes playing.

Projecting is my all time favourite modal jazz bop latin LP. I can't believe that Hotep Cecil Barnard even wrote a message here on the site! The tracks "Her" and "That Latin Thing" are all time classics... great compositions, beautiful, beautiful balanced piano solos... also of note is the Giant Steps like title track and Hotep Cecil Barnards latin ballad "Song For My Queen".

[Neil Loughran UK]

Ron, check out "Cigar Eddie" by Hadley. Joe Henderson, Coltrane, Mark Shim, Caliman (one tenor family)

You can contact me always please visit my new web page www.luisgasca.net note the .net thing dont get confused.

Hadley is undoubtedly one of the underated jazz masters on the tenor sax. I am now living back in South Africa and will always treasure the time I spent with him on the stage playing music and hanging out at his home in Berkely, Calif. in the 1970's
[Hotep Idris Galeta aka Cecil Barnard]

Hadley is alive and well and playing hard in Seattle, WA. He plays regularly at Tula's Jazz Club (www.tulas.com) on the first Sunday and third Friday of the month. He also does other gigs when possible. pt
[Paul Toliver]

Iapetus has the head shredding solo in a ballad form as the last track. And the opening melody of that track should be a standard.
[Ken Mills]

Both albums, Projecting and Celebration are available on Japanese CD. I would wish both 2 Mainstream albums will be released once too!!
[Marco Inaba,The Netherlands]

i am a contributing writer at 'earshot jazz' magazine. i wrote an article about caliman in june 2005 -- http://www.wahmee.com/caliman.html -- if you are interested in learning more about him . . . --TODD
[todd matthews]

Has anyone have info on the whereabouts of: Hadley Caliman's "Iapetus", & "I Was Born To Love Her", Luis Gasca?
Two really great projects!
Contact: Nameskhar@optonline.net
[Ron Brown]