Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

160

The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

By

Sign in to view read count
The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico
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 association: Lynch's high-flying trumpet lines flow freely over Palmieri's earthy rhythms.

Lynch's tour-de-force opening track, "The Palmieri Effect, ensures the date's landmark status, with trombonist Conrad Herwig and saxophonist Greg Tardy joining the composer on the front line to deliver the intricate up-tempo melody over the heady polyrhythmic foundation laid down by Palmieri, bassist Boris Kozlov and percussionists Dafnis Prieto, Johnny Rivero and Pedro Martinez. Vocalist Lila Downs' dulcet-toned voice is showcased on her moving lyric to Lynch's beautiful bolero "Que Seria La Vida, which also features Phil Woods' alto. "Guajira Dubois is a Lynch original with a traditional Afro-Cuban big band sound recalling Mario Bauza and Machito. Another Lynch line, "Jazz Impromptu, is reminiscent of Horace Silver.

Downs returns for a stirring reading of Palmieri's "Paginas De Mujer ; Adam Rogers' guitar and Tardy's clarinet contribute to the authentic flavor of the tune, which spotlights Lynch's pyrotechnical trumpet. Four Lynch/Palmieri compositions fill out the date: "Slippery, a Randy Weston-flavored jazz waltz that finds Palmieri in a Monkish mood; "Jazzucar, a remarkable reworking of Palmieri's popular "Azucar that adds Edsel Gomez playing Charlie Palmieri-inspired organ; "Tema Para Marissa, an appealing piece dedicated to the trumpeter's wife; and "Free Hands, a vigorous vehicle for jazz improvisation over Latin rhythms. Creatively composed, flawlessly executed and superbly recorded, Simpatico represents the enormous talents of its co-leaders and their all-star cast.

Track Listing

The Palmieri Effect; Que Seria La Vida; Guajira Dubois; Jazz Impromptu; Paginas De Mujer; Slippery; Jazzucar; Tema Para Marissa; Freehands.

Personnel

Brian Lynch: trumpet; Eddie Palmieri: piano; Lila Downs: vocals; Phil Woods: alto saxophone; Donald Harrison: alto saxophone; Conrad Herwig: trombone; Giovanni Hidalgo: congas; Dafnis Prieto: drums; other players including Gregory Tardy, Mario Rivera, Boris Kozlov, Ruben Rodriguez, Luques Curtis, Robby Ameen, Pedro Martinez, Johnny Rivero, Edsel Gomez, Marvin Diz, Pete Rodriguez.

Album information

Title: Simpatico | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: ArtistShare


< Previous
Bazaar

Next >
In Between

Comments

Tags


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Near

More

Stream
Fergus McCreadie
Volumes & Surfaces
Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead
Journey to Where
Trish Clowes & Ross Stanley

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.