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Ritmo Caliente

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If indeed there are no second acts in American lives, someone forgot to tell Eddie Palmieri. The monstrously gifted Latin pianist is on a career high, just shy of his 67th birthday, with a reconstituted band, La Perfecta II, that's plainly recharged his batteries. Where the band's first recording recapped the glory of Palmieri's '60s ensemble, Ritmo Caliente is a ringer for his groundbreaking '70s LPs. The albums -- Sun of Latin Music, Unfinished Masterpiece, Justicia -- that dazzled with their mix of electrifying dance numbers, searching excursions into Latin jazz, and baroque set pieces. This one's got 'em all, starting with "La Voz del Caribe": This crackling ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If indeed there are no second acts in American lives, someone forgot to tell Eddie Palmieri. The monstrously gifted Latin pianist is on a career high, just shy of his 67th birthday, with a reconstituted band, La Perfecta II, that's plainly recharged his batteries. Where the band's first recording recapped the glory of Palmieri's '60s ensemble, Ritmo Caliente is a ringer for his groundbreaking '70s LPs. The albums -- Sun of Latin Music, Unfinished Masterpiece, Justicia -- that dazzled with their mix of electrifying dance numbers, searching excursions into Latin jazz, and baroque set pieces. This one's got 'em all, starting with "La Voz del Caribe": This crackling floor-filler, front-loaded with inspired inspiraciones from sonero Herman Olivera. Palmieri's solo, a four-dimensional romp that starts meditatively and builds to a flurry of keyboard karate chops, is one for the books. A reprise of "Sujétate la Lengua" finds Olivera admirably filling original vocalist Ismael Quintana's shoes; another remake, "Lo Que Traigo Es Sabroso," featuring Orchestra Broadway flutist Eddy Zervigon and a break into Afro-Cuban batá rhythms, will satisfy dancers like a plate of rice 'n' beans at 3 a.m. Then there's Palmieri the innovator: "Gígue Bach Goes Batá" marries the pianist's fascination with classical music to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban folklore. It's not nearly as outlandish as it sounds -- Villa-Lobos did similar work with his Bachianas Brasilieras -- and Palmieri can root out the rhythm in anything. Taking the 6/8 meter of the classical dance form and nudging into a 3/4 jazz strut and back, the effect is reminiscent of Sun's "Una Roza Española," a jaw-dropping history lesson in clave time. Meanwhile, "Grandpa Semi-Tone Blues" uncovers commonalities between New Orleans–style boogie-woogie and salsa; it's everything that boogaloo could have matured into. Convening the string section of "Gígue" for the gorgeous bolero/ballad "Tema Para Reneé," kicked off with a pointillistic sun shower of solo piano, Palmieri claims a territory for Latin albums as wide as it was in the '70s. By turns groundbreaking, nostalgic, and virtuosic, Ritmo Caliente simply raises the bar for Latin music, thanks to the maestro, once again.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Pianist Eddie Palmieri, an innovative part of the Latin jazz and salsa scenes since the late '50s, mixes together a variety of idioms on this intriguing set. He uses a number of horns including two or three trombones, an expanded rhythm section, occasional strings, and on six of the 11 selections a vocal group. Although there are some fine individual solos including those from Palmieri and trumpeter Brian Lynch, it is the joyful sound of the ensembles that is most impressive. The individual tunes do not stick in one's mind and sometimes the music wanders away from jazz altogether into commercial salsa, but most of this set should be of interest to Afro-Cuban jazz listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431218029
  • Catalog Number: 2180
  • Sales rank: 86,965

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Palmieri Primary Artist, Piano
Johnny Rodriguez Coro
Brian Lynch Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Robby Ameen Drums
José "Cochi" Claussell Timbales
Conrad Herwig Trombone, Alto Trombone
Renaldo Jorge Trombone
John "Dandy" Rodriguez Bongos, Guiro
Eddie Zervigon Flute, Guest Appearance
George Delgado Conga, Konakkol, Iya, Shekere, Itotele
John Walsh Trumpet
Karen Joseph Flute
Joe Santiago Bass
Frankie Vazquez Coros
Herman Olivera Maracas, Vocals, Claves
Franklin Rivers Vasquez Coros
Doug Beavers Trombone
Ilmar Gavilan Violin
Chris Washburne Trombone, Tuba
Ivan Renta Tenor Saxophone
Wan Yi Pan Cello
Technical Credits
Brian Lynch Arranger, String Arrangements
John Burk Executive Producer
Jon Fausty Engineer
Eddie Palmieri Arranger, Producer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Leon Zervos Mastering
Doug Beavers Orchestration
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