Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

160

The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

Russ Musto By

Sign in to view read count
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.

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

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Profiles
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Sabiduria/Wisdom

Sabiduria/Wisdom

Ropeadope
2017

buy
Eddie Palmieri Is Doin' It in the Park

Eddie Palmieri Is...

Self Produced
2014

buy
 

Is Doin´It In The...

Repertoire Records
2013

buy
 

Eddie & Charlie...

Repertoire Records
2011

buy
 

Sugar Daddy: Eddie...

Repertoire Records
2007

buy
Simpatico

Simpatico

ArtistShare
2006

buy

Upcoming Shows

Related Articles

Read Higher Album Reviews
Higher
By Tyran Grillo
May 26, 2019
Read The Unlonely Raindancer Album Reviews
The Unlonely Raindancer
By Matt Parker
May 26, 2019
Read Pyramid Scheme Album Reviews
Pyramid Scheme
By Mark Sullivan
May 26, 2019
Read Mosaismic Album Reviews
Mosaismic
By Mike Jurkovic
May 26, 2019
Read Caldera / Sky Islands Album Reviews
Caldera / Sky Islands
By Jakob Baekgaard
May 25, 2019
Read Baby, Please Come Home Album Reviews
Baby, Please Come Home
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019
Read Reckless Heart Album Reviews
Reckless Heart
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019