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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 as a classical piece and then suddenly changes over into a bata drum hard-driving session. This is the highlight on Ritmo Caliente. Palmieri is known for his complex arrangements and the tune is the only one in that category.
The rest of the disc is straight-up salsa characterized by punchy horn charts and hot, percussive grooves. Palmieri's piano playing often gets lost in all the music swirling around him. But when he does take solos, his playing is unpredictable and quite stimulating. This a party hearty record, great for dancing on a Saturday night. If you like Poncho Sanchez, add this one to your collection.
Track Listing: La Voz del Caribe/ Granpa Semi-Tone
Blues/ Billie/ Lazar Y Su Microfono/ Ritmo Caliente II/
Tema Para Renee/ Leapfrog To Harlem/ Gigue (Bach
Goes Bata)/ Dime/ Sujetate La Lengua/ Lo Que Triago Es
Personnel: Eddie Palmieri- piano; Brian Lynch, John
Walsh- trumpet; Conrad Herwig, Renaldo Jorge, Chris
Washburne, Doug Beavers- trombone; Herman Oliveravocals;
Joe Santiago- bass; Eddie Zervigon, Karen Joseph- flute; John Rodriguez- bongos; Jose Claussell-
Robert Ameen- drums
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.