This video is dedicated to
Jose "Cheo " Feliaciano &
Ramon "ABDIAZ" Gonzalez ......
Two brothers gone to the other world.
This number could very well be a the final blowout for "La Perfecta"
The group broke up soon after this recording...
But while Eddie is still with us and while we keep the love and the faith
in our hearts and teach our children not to forget our music
and our brothers and sisters of all walks of life our message love
and to dance to our tradition...OUR SALSA DURA!
LA PERFECTA will live forever.
Eddie Palmieri is one of the foremost Latin jazz pianists of the last half of the 20th
century, blessed with a technique that fuses such ubiquitous jazz influences as the
styles of Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, and McCoy Tyner into a Latin context.
No purist, he has also shown a welcome willingness to experiment with fusions of
Latin and non-Latin music. However, despite a number of stints with major labels
and numerous industry awards and nominations, he has yet to break into the
American record scene in a big way.
Like his older brother Charlie, Eddie started playing at an early age (eight) and studied classical piano while also playing drums. He made his professional debut with Johnny Sequi's orchestra in 1955 and eventually joined Tito Rodriguez's popular band in 1958-
1960. In 1961, Palmieri formed his highly influential band la Perfecta, whose flute and
twin- or triple-trombone front line made American jazz musicians like Herbie Mann take notice; he also scored heavily in an excellent 1966 collaboration with Cal Tjader, El
Sonido Nuevo (Verve). After la Perfecta split up in 1968 due to financial problems,
Palmieri played with the Tico and Fania All-Stars, recorded with Alfredo "Chocolat" Armenteros, Cachao, and Justo Betancourt, and, like his brother, cut some Latin
boogaloo sessions. Around the mid-'60s, Palmieri began formal studies of arranging,
and the Monk influence became more pronounced in his piano work. While recording
for the Latin Coco label in the mid-'70s, Palmieri started to mix salsa with R&B, pop,
rock, Spanish vocals, and jazz improvisation. Brief affiliations with Columbia in the late '70s and Capitol (in league with David Sanborn) in the late '80s failed to produce an American breakthrough hit, though the latter attempt was aimed squarely at the
burgeoning "jazz-lite" market. While much of his output as a leader remains out of
print in American catalogs, several of his older albums are available on CD; Palmieri
has also remained active in the 1990s, recording the jazz-oriented Palmas (1993) for
the normally classical Nonesuch label, as well as a series of albums for the RMM label.
He returned to his La Perfecta days in April 2002 with La Perfecta II on the Concord
Jazz label. Two more albums for Concord followed, Rimo Caliente in 2003 and Listen
Here in 2005. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
Produced by Pancho Cristal
Champange (1968) is a Fantastic Album.
The African Twist sung by Cynthia Ellis is a Dance Floor
Classic. Aye Que Rico, Palo De Mango and Cinturita are
perfection.Si Las Nenas Me Dejan, Que is simply beautiful.
The sleeve notes boast "the excitement and fun that the Album
has created among hardcore musicians and disc jockeys."
It is easy to see why when you listen to such perfection.
Israel "Cachao" Lopez the master Cuban bassist who
passed away last week... is playing on this LP.
1. Aye Que Rico
2. Delirio/Here's That Rainy Day - Johnny Burke, James Van Heusen & Cesar Portillo de la Luz (4:58)
4. Busca Lo Tuyo - Marcelino Guerra (4:34)
1. The African Twist
2. Palo De mango
3. Si Las Nenas Me Dejan, Que