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Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
Few figures tower over the modern history of Afro-Caribbean music like pianist, composer, and bandleader Eddie Palmieri, a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent born in Spanish Harlem, who’s reshaped the trajectory of salsa several times in a career spanning almost 60 years. After playing in the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra for a year in the late 50s he formed his first orchestra, La Perfecta, placing a groundbreaking frontline emphasis on trombones and violins (replacing the usual flute-and-violin sound of charanga), and becoming one of the best-loved Latin dance bands of the decade. He was also a standout pianist, having fully absorbed the idiosyncratic qualities of Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, and Bill Evans in his galvanizing solos. In 1970 he experimented with soul and funk with his Harlem River Drive project, and later won a Grammy in 1975, the first time the awards had recognized Latin music. Over the next couple of decades he vibrantly retooled his sound, bringing top-flight jazz soloist and experimenting with arrangements. About a decade ago he put together a new version of his old band, calling it La Perfecta II, a stunning, had-hitting combo with some of the best jazz improvisers in the biz, including long-time sidekicks Brian Lynch (trumpet) and Conrad Herwig (trombone).
Country of Origin/Based: New York/Puerto Rico
Genre: Salsa, Latin Jazz