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Eddie Palmieri

Erik Valind

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Ecos del Pacifico 

When: Mon., June 27, 6:30 p.m. 2016
Eddie Palmieri’s career consists of one forward-thinking milestone after another. An institution in Latin music, the New York pianist has also emphasized connections between jazz, soul, and African music. During the 60s, trombones were prominently featured in Latin music—and we have Palmieri to thank for that innovation. And while he’s long been lauded for his groundbreaking band La Perfecta, another phase of his career has recently been unearthed by today’s rare-groove DJs: when the Latin boogaloo sound swept NYC a little later that decade, Palmieri was right in the mix with the album Champagne, out on the Tico label. In the early 70s he formed the heavily political Harlem River Drive, who released a couple of albums that stared the time’s funk and jazz movements dead in the eye. Palmieri didn’t just jump on new developments of the Latin sound, he anticipated them, and in a field where musicians are prone to add a backbeat or remake an inexplicable pop hit, Palmieri can accommodate almost any genre without a trace of cynicism. For that reason, he’s an excellent starting point when it comes to Latin music.
— James Porter

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