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Live From New York

December 2006

By Published: December 7, 2006
Eddie Palmieri at The Hostos Center

Eddie Palmieri, the Sun of Latin Music and a son of the Bronx, returned to the borough for a concert at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture with his Latin Jazz Octet (Nov. 11th). The band, featuring Brian Lynch on trumpet, Craig Handy on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone and Luques Curtis on bass, with percussionists José Claussell, Johnny Rivero and Orlando Vega, began their set with Palmieri's hot arrangement of "In Walked Bud," playing the Monk melody over the driving Afro-Cuban rhythms set by Claussell's timbales and Vega's cowbell.

Handy had the first solo, taking the music a bit outside, followed by the powerfully rhythmic Lynch and fleet Herwig, before Palmieri let loose with a bluesy two-handed solo replete with countermelodies and chordal clusters.

The rest of the evening was devoted to the pianist's own compositions, beginning with a solo rendition of his beautiful "Slow Visor," leading into the band's funky outing on "Don't Stop The Train, which included a soaring Lynch solo that had the legendary Cuban trumpeter Chocolate nodding approval from his front row seat.

Palmieri's "Bolero Dos featured the horns and his rhapsodic piano with Vega's bongo in a more relaxed setting before things heated up again with versions of "Picarillo and "Palmas that had the horns and percussion burning up the stage with plenty of help from the incendiary pianist. The set ended with a comparsa encore—a showcase for Rivero's congas that had audience members dancing in the aisles.

Marilyn at Roth's Steakhouse

The singer Marilyn brought her show uptown to Roth's Steakhouse on the Upper West Side for a night of swinging standards (Nov. 11th). Accompanied by the superb downtown trio of guitarist Saul Rubin, bassist Pat O'Leary and drummer Frank Levatino, the vivacious vocalist began her second set of the evening with a strong straight-ahead reading of "You Do Something To Me," on which the group was joined by the fine Canadian alto saxophonist Josh Benko blowing boppishly over the changes.

The band continued with a Latinish arrangement of "Love For Sale," Marilyn daringly dancing around the well known words with wit and wisdom and Rubin soloing with thick, rhythmically- pronounced chords that revealed him to be one of the finest guitarists on the scene today. On "Detour Ahead the singer worked the lyric with a sense of aching wonderment that had the crowd in rapt attention, while on "I Wish I Knew she sang with the gritty confidence of a seasoned storyteller, this time leaving the audience roaring with approval.

Rubin opened "Never Let Me Go with a stirring chorus over Leary's plush bass and Levatino's whisking brushes before Marilyn delivered the lyric in a smoky midrange that contrasted with the ensuing bright guitar solo. The set concluded with an exciting rendition of "Old Devil Moon," Marilyn singing with contagious abandon and sharing the honors with her band, each member soloing with a keen attentiveness seldom seen on a singer's stage.

~ Russ Musto

Recommended New Listening:

· Hank Jones/Christian McBride/Jimmy Cobb—West of 5th (Chesky)

· Rob Reddy's Gift Horse—A Hundred Jumping Devils (Reddy Music)

· Wadada Leo Smith/Adam Rudolph—Compassion (Meta)

· Dan Weiss Trio—Now Yes When (Tone of a Pitch)

· Wilkerson/Mitchell/Bankhead/Ra—Frequency (Thrill Jockey)

· Anthony Wilson Nonet—Power of Nine (Groove Note)

~ David Adler, NY@Night Columnist

· Dave Burrell—Momentum (High Two)

· Mark Helias' Open Loose—Atomic Clock(Radio Legs Music)

· Michael Herring's Vertigo—Coniferous Revenge (feat. David Binney) (s/r)

· Karin Krog/Steve Kuhn—Together Again (Grappa)

· Frank Rosolino—The Last Recording (Sea Breeze)

· Alexander von Schlippenbach—Twelve Tone Tales, Vol.I & II (piano solo) (Intakt)

~ Laurence Donohue-Greene, Managing Editor, AllAboutJazz-New York

· Rez Abbasi—Bazaar (Zoho)

· Dave Burrell—Momentum (High Two)

· Uri Caine/John Zorn: Moloch: Book of Angels, Volume 6 (Tzadik)

· Paul Dunmall/Peter Brandt/Tony Marsh—Deep Well (FMR)

· FME—Montage (Okka Disk)

· Dan Weiss Trio—Now Yes When (Tone of a Pitch)

~ Bruce Gallanter, Proprietor, Downtown Music Gallery

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