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Eddie Palmieri: Sabiduria/Wisdom

Read "Sabiduria/Wisdom" reviewed by James Nadal

In celebration of his eightieth birthday, and sixty years as a professional musician, pianist Eddie Palmieri presents Sabiduria/Wisdom, a prodigious testament to his avowed spirit of investigation, and amazing zest for life. Throughout his illustrious recording career, Palmieri has expanded upon the complexities of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, combining them with the serious elements in the melodic and harmonic structures of jazz, to come up with what he refers to as dance music. With his renowned trademark percussive attack on the piano, ...

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The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

Read "Simpatico" reviewed by Russ Musto

Brian Lynch is one of the most proficient “bilingual" artists in music--equally adept in both jazz and Latin genres. On this superb collaboration with piano giant Eddie Palmieri, the virtuoso trumpeter brings together his wealth of experience in both fields in a scintillating synthesis that is intelligent, exciting and truly personal. Lynch's understanding of Palmieri's unique brand of salsa con jazz sensibility is accurately described by the date's title, and the music here is the product of a truly sympathetic ...

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Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

Read "Simpatico" reviewed by Chris May

In a world which seems increasingly to be defined by racial and cultural sectarianism, it's always heartening to come across an artist who chooses to express himself in a non-native context--particularly when he does so with the poise that trumpeter Brian Lynch brings to Simpatico.

The album pairs Lynch with his frequent employer, Latin music piano legend Eddie Palmieri, who plays on seven of the nine tracks and who wrote or co-wrote five of them. The music is a caliente ...

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Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

Read "Simpatico" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

Two decades of working as a highly accomplished trumpeter in Eddie Palmieri's Latin jazz band has culminated for Brian Lynch with this completely ravishing recording alongside his musical mentor. While the name of the group might raise the question of “who's on first?", rest assured that this is an inspired collaboration with the less-celebrated Lynch firmly at the helm. Most of the tunes are his, and the versions of Palmieri's pieces are marked by Lynch's hand. In fact, this album ...

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Eddie Palmieri: Listen Here!

Read "Listen Here!" reviewed by Jim Santella

The big band sound of Eddie Palmieri's powerful ensemble leaves no doubt: Latin jazz has the capacity to excite, to thrill, and to interpret good music all night long.

Featured solo voices include trumpeter Bryan Lynch, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, trombonist Conrad Herwig, and pianist Palmieri. His musical guests give Listen Here! an added force that drives the message home. Your heart won't slow down until the CD has finished and someone has turned out the lights. Palmieri's ...

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Eddie Palmieri

Read "Eddie Palmieri" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Thelonious Monk once said, “Jazz is New York. You can feel it in the air." This is an observation that can be easily recast to produce another truism: “Salsa is New York. You can feel it in the streets." Both musics are integral to NYC culture and come together no more eloquently than they do in the musical persona of Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri. NYC born and raised, Eddie comes from a musical family and seems to have been ...

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Eddie Palmieri: Listen Here!

Read "Listen Here!" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

Is Latin jazz some musicians' excuse for having fun? Eddie Palmieri's really a jazz-influenced Latin pianist, but he has lots of fun running and recording bands of top-line jazzmen. He's no conventionally accomplished contemporary jazz pianist, but all the better because he's unconventional, distinguished mostly by his very competent musical extrovert verve.This outgoing date has only occasional quiet moments, like John Scofield's near-mandolin acoustic guitar in “La Gitana," amid examples of the boss-man's bass- supported and very musical ...

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Listen Here: Latin Legend Palmieri Opens Tour

Read "Listen Here: Latin Legend Palmieri Opens Tour" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Celebrating his 50th anniversary in the music business and a newly released album entitled Listen Here!, Latin jazz piano legend Eddie Palmieri opened a week-long stint at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night. Playing together for the first time, Palmieri and supporting cast Donald Harrison (alto sax), Brian Lynch (trumpet), Jose Claussell (timbales), Jose Santiago (bass) and Johnny Rivero (congas), treated the audience to a lively evening of vibrant tunes, long solos, spirited exchanges and good ...

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Eddie Palmieri: Listen Here!

Read "Listen Here!" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Piano maestro Eddie Palmieri is celebrating the golden anniversary of his career in music, and Listen Here! applies his singular style to straight-ahead jazz. The all-star lineup he has assembled weaves his wonderful arrangements of originals and standards seamlessly into the Latin idiom. Regina Carter's violin dances along the salsa rhythm of “In Flight, with trumpeter Brian Lynch and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison deftly trading fours, eighths, and sixteenths. Swinging tenor work by Michael Brecker and Christian ...

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Eddie Palmieri: Latin Jazz Standard-Bearer

Read "Eddie Palmieri: Latin Jazz Standard-Bearer" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Eddie Palmieri has enjoyed a long career presenting Latin music to the United States and to the world. It's his calling, for sure, but it may be more than that. You see, Palmieri feels that the music he brings--dance music with the excitement that comes from real Cuban-based rhythms first, and jazz or other flavors second--may be dying out. The baton for keeping that kind of music alive was passed on in the new millennium after the recording ...

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Eddie Palmieri: Ritmo Caliente

Read "Ritmo Caliente" reviewed by Ollie Bivens

Latin jazz musician Eddie Palmieri has been quoted as saying, “I'm a frustrated percussionist, so I take it out on the piano." On his latest release, he does just that. Palmieri is not a Latin jazz purist. On past records, he has fused Latin and non-Latin music forms. The only track on which this is done here is “Gigue (Bach Goes Bata),” where he combines European classical and Latin jazz music.

And he pulls it off beautifully. It starts out ...


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