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Album Review

A master of the traditional and the progressive, the styles of the past and the bright, swinging future, Eddie Palmieri is one of the most influential Latino pianists of the 20th century. His extreme versatility and artistic vision are brilliantly displayed on The Sun of Latin Music. While most Latin jazz musicians fall into either staunch traditionalism or pursuing progressive ideas to the detriment of groove and accessibility; Palmieri marries both ideals effortlessly. With smooth, danceable rhythm, lush vocals, and a clear center to the song, combined with sophisticated arrangements, tunes like "Desea Salvaje" and "Nunca Contigo" both swing the dancer and captivate the discriminating listener. Palmieri's interest in stylistic variety, including styles like danzon, guaguanco, and cumbia, not common of '70s era salsa, enrich the album and show off his versatility. "Un Dia Bonita," a Latin suite of sorts, give the listener a clear picture of both Palmieri's virtuosity and his adventurous compositional nature. Though over the course of the record there aren't any instrumental performances to rival the piano for attention, the fierce, fiery piano is plenty. Suitable for either the casual ear of the salsa fan, or the careful attention of the jazz aficionado, The Sun of Latin Music shines brightly, high above the horizon of its peers. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Lalo Rodriguez shines!

I didn't download the entire album, but "Nada de Ti" and "Nunca Contigo" are fantastic. Equally good are two tracks from Palmieri and Rodriguez' "Unfinished Masterpiece," "Un Puesto Vacante" and "Oyelo Que Te Conviene." Rodriguez is also great on "Vengo del Monte" from Tommy Olivencia's "Introducing Lalo Rodriguez."

This is a classic album!

This is Lalo Rodriguez and Eddie Palmieri at their best! Keep in mind Lalo wrote Deseo Salvaje. Not to mention that the album won a grammy way back in the early 70's. Every salsa lover should have this album. It never goes out of style. Vintage Palmieri and Lalo. What a combination!

Biography

Born: December 15, 1936 in New York, NY

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Eddie Palmieri is one of the foremost Latin jazz pianists, blessed with a technique that fuses such ubiquitous jazz influences as the styles of Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, and McCoy Tyner into a Latin context. No purist, he has also shown a welcome willingness to experiment with fusions of Latin and non-Latin music. Like his older brother Charlie, Eddie started playing at an early age (eight) and studied classical piano while also playing drums. He made his professional debut with Johnny Segui's...
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