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In the liner notes to Palmas, New York salsa star Eddie Palmieri complains that most Latin-jazz fusions lean too far in one direction or another. Either the jazz horn soloist stands alone like a singer, a mere adjunct to a... more »
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In the liner notes to Palmas, New York salsa star Eddie Palmieri complains that most Latin-jazz fusions lean too far in one direction or another. Either the jazz horn soloist stands alone like a singer, a mere adjunct to a hot Latin dance band, or else a Latin percussionist is added on like a fifth wheel to a self-contained jazz combo. Palmieri wanted to achieve a more even blend of sounds, and here he has done just that. First, he got rid of the singers and made this an all-instrumental recording, with three jazz horn players seizing the space usually occupied by the vocalist. Second, he hired three American jazzmen--Donald Harrison, Brian Lynch, and Conrad Herwig--who were able to solo on rhythm patterns as well as chord changes. Third, he balanced the horns with four top percussionists--Richie Flores, Anthony Carrillo, Jose Claussell, and Robbie Ameen--who refuse to compromise on the dense, intricate beats of Afro-Cuban traditions. Forming the fulcrum between these two sides is Palmieri himself, who not only wrote and produced the seven tracks but also ties them together with the piano, which, in his hands, is as much a percussion instrument as a melodic one. --Geoffrey Himes
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A masterpiece from the master!
Roger Townsend | Houston, TX USA | 02/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc represents the highpoint of Eddie's latin jazz fusion. I had the good fortune to see the songs played live just before the disc was released. To my surprise, the disc was just as good as the live show. Eddie really lets his very gifted musicians stretch out for their solos. Brian Lynch, one of the greatest jazz trumpeters alive, simply scorches. This is to take nothing away from the very talented Donald Harrison on sax and Conrad Herwig on trombone. Holding down the rhythm is Jose Claussel on terrific timbales. But, as always, the guiding genius is Eddie Palmieri, the justly called Mozart of latin music. Calling Eddie a genius is an understatement, but this is one of the best from a genius."
Ralph Quirino | Keswick, Ontario Canada | 05/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Palmieri, a legendary figure in latin music, comes awful close to perfection on Palmas. It's a wondrous release filled with his trademark piano flights and exceptional ensemble performances. Even the long cuts sounds muy caliente! Worldbeat fans or people who've just started to get into latin sounds thanks to the Buena Vista Social Club experience may want this title too. It's one of those discs I put on the player in the middle of winter when I'm up to my yin-yang in snow. And again at the height of summer when the sweat drips just from sitting outside for too long. That's how powerful, lush and intense this stuff is."
My favorite latin-jazz CD from Palmieri
Firebrand | Woonsocket, RI | 09/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own Listen Here!, La Perfecta II, Ritmo Caliente, and Obra Maestra (plus some of his older stuff). I've followed Palmieri's trayectory throughout the years, and although each CD has its focus, if Latin-jazz is your thing, THIS is the one to own. It remains my favorite of all his CDs, and the one that gets the most play on my CD player.
Don't be expecting soft, background latin-jazz. As with anything Palmieri, you're in for gangsta salsa. Just put track #1...you're gonna be blown away. Buy it...highly recommended"