Full Circle

Full Circle

by Eddie PalmieriEddie Palmieri

CD

$17.99

Overview

Like pianist Thelonious Monk, his primary jazz influence, Eddie Palmieri has been playing jazz since the 1960s, and has revisited his favorite compositions numerous times. Age 81 in 2018, Palmieri delivers a companion to 2017's brilliant Sabiduría, a set that provided an evolutionary overview of some of his best Afro Caribbean jazz tunes. It was deservedly acclaimed as one of the finest records in his career. Full Circle offers eight of Palmieri's salsa compositions as the jump-off point of exploration. Cut in three days, Palmieri brought his all-star tentet (that includes bassist Luques Curtis, trombonist Conrad Herwig, and lead vocalist Hermán Olivera) to anchor all the cuts, and added an expanded cast on an extended big-band version of "Vamonos Pa'l Monte," whose two versions bookend the set. Palmieri kept basic harmonies and rhythmic architectures, but expanded musical boundaries with extended solos and group interplay. El Maestro is a generous bandleader. Palmieri's trademark restlessness doesn't explore for its own sake, but rather to imbue these compositions with deeper meanings and resonant timbres and textures. "Muneca" first appeared on 1962's La Perfecta. This version is utterly transformed into a hot salsa jam (from charanga) with solos from everyone. Palmieri's blazing solo bursts with dissonant, dark chords, accompanied by fiery montunos and sharply inserted left-hand rhythmic variations. They underscore the congas and timbales as the horns punctuate and dance around them. This version of "Azúcar" is the fifth since its debut appearance on 1965's Azucar Pa'Ti -- in an even longer take than the eight-minute one here. Palmieri's solo builds laterally along several lines at once, first on the chord vamp, then on the bassline, then in fiery interaction with Nelson Gonzalez's tres. The aforementioned big-band version of "Vámonos Pa'l Monte," which first appeared on an album of the same name in 1971, was arranged by Ray Santos. Its roots are in burning '70s-styled Nuyorican hard salsa but it's augmented here by five trombones, five saxophones, and three trumpets (including Brian Lynch's). Over seven minutes, its furious pace is driven by Curtis' rumbling bassline. In the middle section, Palmieri wanders off into modern jazz improvisation, using minor-chord voicings from the lower-middle register atop the frenetic percussion section. "Pa'La Ocha Tambó" adds guest horn players (most notably baritone saxist Ronnie Cuber). But here, the rhythms and call-and-response vocal style are upfront, with Palmieri's piano pushing them on in a mean post-bop groove juxtaposed with vintage Cuban son. The recording's release coincides with the appearance of the interactive Palmieri Salsa Jams App, the world's first interactive salsa music app. It gives musicians the ability to completely control their listening, practicing, and learning experience by being able to customize the player -- it can mute, solo, pan, and fade and loop any instrument with tempo control. It also provides detailed sheet music. Full Circle stands alongside Sabiduría. Palmieri's salsa aesthetic is brilliantly presented by his hyper-modern reinventions on classic themes. El Maestro's late career surge is nothing less than awe-inspiring.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2018
Label: Uprising Music
UPC: 0824833021540
catalogNumber: 101

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Palmieri   Primary Artist
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Brian Lynch   Trumpet
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone
Anthony Carrillo   Bongos,cowbell
Conrad Herwig   Trombone
Nicky Marrero   Bongos,Timbalitos
Jimmy Bosch   Trombone
Nelson Gonzalez   Tres
John Walsh   Trumpet
Pete Nater   Trumpet
Herman Olivera   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Yosvany Terry   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Fiedler   Trombone
Doug Beavers   Trombone
Chris Washburne   Trombone
Jeremy Powell   Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Powell   Trumpet
Ivan Renta   Tenor Saxophone
Quique González   Background Vocals
Louis Fouché   Alto Saxophone
Luques Curtis   Bass
Tokunori Kajiwara   Trombone
Camilo Molina   Timbales
Little Johnny Rivero   Conga,cowbell
Jeremy Bosch   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jose Madera   Arranger
Jay Messina   Engineer
Eddie Palmieri   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jason Goodman   Cover Photo
Geoff Case   Graphic Design
Louis Fouché   Producer
Luques Curtis   Producer
Chris Sulit   Engineer
Zaccai Curtis   Producer
Eddie Palmieri   Producer,Executive Producer
Tim Marchiafava   Engineer
Zoilo R. Torres   Executive Producer
Frank Abenante   Executive Producer
Javier Raez   Engineer

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