Harlem River Drive

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The reason this record is "legendary" is because it marks the first recorded performances, in 1970, of Eddie and Charlie Palmieri as bandleaders. The reason it should be a near mythical recording it has never been available in the U.S. on CD, and was long out of print on LP before CDs made the scene, is for its musical quality and innovation. The Palmieris formed a band of themselves, a couple of Latinos that included Andy Gonzales, jazz-funk great -- even then -- Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, and some white guys and taught them how to play a music that was equal parts Cuban mambo, American soul via Stax/Volt, blues, Funkadelic-style rock, pop-jazz, and harmonic and instrumental ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The reason this record is "legendary" is because it marks the first recorded performances, in 1970, of Eddie and Charlie Palmieri as bandleaders. The reason it should be a near mythical recording it has never been available in the U.S. on CD, and was long out of print on LP before CDs made the scene, is for its musical quality and innovation. The Palmieris formed a band of themselves, a couple of Latinos that included Andy Gonzales, jazz-funk great -- even then -- Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, and some white guys and taught them how to play a music that was equal parts Cuban mambo, American soul via Stax/Volt, blues, Funkadelic-style rock, pop-jazz, and harmonic and instrumental arrangements every bit as sophisticated as Burt Bacharach's or Henry Mancini's or even Stan Kenton's. One can hear in "Harlem River Drive Theme" and "Idle Hands" a sound akin to War's on World Is a Ghetto. Guess where War got it? "If We Had Peace" was even a model for Lee Oskar's "City, Country, City." And as much as War modeled their later sound on this one record, as great as they were, they never reached this peak artistically. But there's so much here: the amazing vocals Jimmy Noonan was in this band, the multi-dimensional percussion section, the tight, brass-heavy horn section, and the spaced-out guitar and keyboard work give a listen to "Broken Home" where vocal lines trade with a soprano saxophone and a guitar as snaky keyboards create their own mystical effect. One can bet that Chick Corea heard in Eddie's piano playing a stylistic possibility for Return to Forever's Light As a Feather and Romantic Warrior albums. The band seems endless, as if there are dozens of musicians playing seamlessly together live -- dig the percussion styling of Manny Oquendo on the cowbell and conga and the choral work of Marilyn Hirscher and Allan Taylor behind Noonan. Harlem River Drive is a classic because after 30-plus years, it still sounds as if listeners are the ones catching up to it. It's worth every dime you pay for it, so special order it today.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2006
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 094633398627
  • Catalog Number: 3339862

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harlem River Drive Primary Artist
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Allan Taylor Choir, Chorus
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Burt Collins Trumpet
Cornell Dupree Guitar, Accompaniment
Reggie Ferguson Drums
Andy González Electric Bass
Gerald Jemmott Bass
Bob Mann Guitar
Nicky Marrero Drums, Timbales
Dick Meza Tenor Saxophone
Manny Oquendo Conga, Timbales, cowbell
Eddie Palmieri Piano
Eladio Perez Conga
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Barry Rogers Trombone
Victor Venegas Bass
Jimmy Norman Vocals
Marilyn Hirscher Choir, Chorus
Dean Robert Pratt Drums
Eddie Pamieri Piano
Charlie Pamieri Organ
Technical Credits
Ronnie Cuber Arranger, Brass Arrangment, Illustrations
Wally Brill Liner Notes
Eddie Palmieri Composer
Lockie Edwards Jr. Producer
Marilyn Hirscher Composer
Eddie Pamieri Arranger, Producer
Fred Weinberg Engineer
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