La Perfecta II

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.

A beautifully organized date on which Palmieri synthesizes his recent explorations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431213628
  • Catalog Number: 2136
  • Sales rank: 111,494

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Molestoso II (4:27)
  2. 2 Shékere Agent Man (6:52)
  3. 3 Tirándote Flores II (5:30)
  4. 4 Cuddles (4:59)
  5. 5 Cuídate Compay II (5:22)
  6. 6 Apeiron (4:05)
  7. 7 Elena, Elena (6:35)
  8. 8 Tu Tu Ta Ta II (4:35)
  9. 9 Our Routine (9:10)
  10. 10 Ay Qué Rico II (6:03)
  11. 11 Bianco's Watlz (8:35)
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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
Leon Zervos Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best latin jazz!

    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.

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