Perfecta II

La Perfecta II

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by Eddie Palmieri
     
 
A new release from Eddie Palmieri, surely the most gifted and iconoclastic figure to emerge from New York's Latin scene during the music's heyday three decades ago, is always welcome. But a recording by Palmieri under the banner of La Perfecta is truly an event. The legendary ensemble forged by Palmieri and trombonist/arranger Barry Rogers set the pace for dancers and

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A new release from Eddie Palmieri, surely the most gifted and iconoclastic figure to emerge from New York's Latin scene during the music's heyday three decades ago, is always welcome. But a recording by Palmieri under the banner of La Perfecta is truly an event. The legendary ensemble forged by Palmieri and trombonist/arranger Barry Rogers set the pace for dancers and musicians alike back in the Palladium era -- it was a flute-and-trombone-driven charanga orchestra, a hard-hitting salsa band, and a Latin jazz group rolled into one. The collaboration between Palmieri, Rogers, and vocalist Ismael Quintana resulted in classics such as "Tirándote Flores," "El Molestoso," and "Cuidate Compay" -- three of the five new versions of material Palmieri hasn't touched in years that appear on La Perfecta II. With a band that's certainly the equal of that legendary group, Palmieri returns to the dance-focused approach last heard on his Rumbero del Piano album while keeping his head in the Latin jazz game. His robust chording and impressionistic rhythms are all over the album, especially on the searching "Apeiron," which quotes liberally from his seminal "Un Dia Bonito," and the arrangements, by Palmieri and collaborators Brian Lynch and Doug Beavers, are both inventive and reverent. Herman Olivera, a fiery vocalist in the classic sonero mold who's electrified albums by Jimmy Bosch and Manny Oquendo, fills in for Miranda with aplomb. The only thing more exciting than the performances on La Perfecta II is the promise that it holds. After years of desultory commercial salsa and somnambulant Latin jazz, the hard stuff is once again being served by some of New York's legends and their accomplished protégés.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Innovative Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri returns to the music of his classic '60s ensemble La Perfecta on La Perfecta II. After disbanding La Perfecta in 1968 due to financial difficulties and later the death of trombonist/partner Barry Rogers in 1991, Palmieri vowed to never again perform the music he made famous. However, presented with the diligent transcriptions of La Perfecta's recordings by trombonist Doug Beavers, Palmieri felt the time had come for this music to be heard anew. What a gift. This is classic salsa, charanga, and mambo performed by some of the finest musicians in the Latin and jazz idioms. The music has just as much fire and energy as the originals, but references the best of progressive modern jazz arranging. Beavers even arranged one of Rogers' solos (on "Tirandote Flores") for three trombones. Joining in are many longtime Palmieri collaborators, like trumpeter Brian Lynch and trombonist Conrad Herwig as well as saxophonist Mario Rivera and percussionist John Rodriguez Jr. This is music you can dance to that also features forward-thinking jazz soloing of the highest order.
Downbeat
A beautifully organized date on which Palmieri synthesizes his recent explorations.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431213628
catalogNumber:
2136
Rank:
64604

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Palmieri   Primary Artist,Piano
Brian Lynch   Trumpet
Dave Valentin   Flute
José "Cochi" Claussell   Percussion,Timbales
Richie Flores   Conga
Conrad Herwig   Trombone
Renaldo Jorge   Trombone
Mario Rivera   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John "Dandy" Rodriguez   Bongos,Guiro
Eddie Zervigon   Flute
George Delgado   Conga
Joe Santiago   Bass
Yosvany Terry Cabrera   Alto Saxophone,Shekere
Herman Olivera   Maracas,Vocals,Coro,Coros
Dafnis Prieto   Drums
Doug Beavers   Trombone
Ivan Renta   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Brian Lynch   Arranger
John Burk   Executive Producer
Jon Fausty   Engineer
Eddie Palmieri   Producer,Liner Notes
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer

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La Perfecta II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently, I heard Eddie Palmieri and his band play at local jazz club -- and honestly, I have never heard his music before, didn't even know who he was -- until I checked him out. That night was the best latin jazz music I have ever heard, Mr. Palmieri is a wonderful pianist and his band - great musicians! I was truly amazed and dazzled by the music sitting front row of that club, right next to Mr. Palmieri's piano. I loved it! Surely recommend it! I was consumed by Palmieri's energy and enthusiasm as he played his piano.