8 Songs, 1 Hour


Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings
11 Ratings
Efraint ,


It’s a pleasure to visit some of Maestro Eddie Palmieri’s classic tunes but with a big band arrangements. For those who don’t have the hindsight to go where he’s going with this release you just don’t know what this type of music is all about. Bravo Maestro “Que Viva La Musica Latina”

dj clasico ,


Amigo Bravo, aunque los temas son "old school" son grabaciones nuevas utilizando la nueva tecnologia y en la voz cristalina, sonora y juvenil de Herman Oliveras. Para mi como salsero de la mata creo que va a ser tremendo palo tanto para los jovenes amantes de la salsa como para nosotros los clasicos de siempre. Tremendo aplauso para el maestro de maestros. De nuevo se voto!!!!!


Hopefully an intermission while creating new songs

Great re recorded work, outstanding new sound applied to the good classics but, I am desperately awaiting for another full Salsa record. I do support all jazz recordings and live performances but, I keep wanting some Salsa. One can never take for granted the fact that a living legend keeps producing so often and all high quality music.

About Eddie Palmieri

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 Orchestra in 1955 and eventually joined Tito Rodriguez's popular band in 1958-1960. In 1961, Palmieri formed his highly influential band La Perfecta, whose flute and twin- or triple-trombone front line made American jazz musicians like Herbie Mann take notice; he also scored heavily in an excellent 1966 collaboration with Cal Tjader, El Sonido Nuevo (Verve).

After La Perfecta split up in 1968 due to financial problems, Palmieri played with the Tico and Fania All-Stars, recorded with Alfredo "Chocolat" Armenteros, Cachao, and Justo Betancourt, and, like his brother, cut some Latin boogaloo sessions. Around the mid-'60s, Palmieri began formal studies of arranging, and the Monk influence became more pronounced in his piano work. While recording for the Latin Coco label in the mid-'70s, Palmieri started to mix salsa with R&B, pop, rock, Spanish vocals, and jazz improvisation. Brief affiliations with Columbia in the late '70s and Capitol (in league with David Sanborn) in the late '80s failed to produce a breakthrough hit, though the latter attempt was aimed squarely at the burgeoning "jazz-lite" market.

During the '90s, Palmieri remained a critical favorite for albums like 1993's jazz-oriented Palmas (1993) for the normally classical Nonesuch label, as well as a series of recordings for the RMM label. He returned to his La Perfecta days in April 2002 with La Perfecta II on the Concord Jazz label. Two more albums for Concord followed, Ritmo Caliente in 2003 and Listen Here! in 2005. A year later, he recorded the album Simpático co-billed with Brian Lynch, and in 2011 he teamed with brother Charlie for the aptly titled Salsa Brothers. In 2017, Palmieri celebrated his 80th birthday and 60-year career with the release of Sabiduria/Wisdom. Joining him on the album were such luminaries as Obed Calvaire, Marcus Miller, Bernard Purdie, Donald Harrison, and others. ~ Richard S. Ginell

New York, NY
December 15, 1936