Charlie Sepúlveda is trumpeter of power and nuance. On this recording, Sepúlveda takes on the challenge of preserving culture without being trapped by it.
He can take a tried-and-true classic like "Besamé Mucho," and instead of falling into the routine he completely modernizes it, stripping the tune of his sometime over-emphasized bolero rhythm and makes something completely new and communicative.
The second album pairing Palmieri and Tjader, Bamboleate moves beyond El Sonido Nuevo into the respective territories of each artist. "Bamboleate" is the Latin cooker ones expects from Palmieri but didn't find on the more subdued El Sonido Nuevo. "Semejanza" is an equally affecting jazz lilt led by Tjader. Framed by a melody that could have come straight off the Vince Guaraldi Trio's Charlie Brown Christmas album, it has an equally indelible, locomotive rhythm. Tjader's samba, "Samba de Los Suenho," is a welcome departure from the relative rigidity of El Sonido Nuevo.
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.
Eddie Palmieri, one of the most innovative artists of Latin music and a pioneer of salsa, at age 25 created a group 'La Perfecta' in 1961, with trombonist Barry Rogers and singer Ismael Quintana. The great percussionist Manny Oquendo also supports the recording, specially on timbales. This is one of the first bands of salsa Yorkers, who served until the end in 1968 due to financial problems. These are very experimental first records of the future evolution of salsa music on the music stand of fashion beats in those years. This is the first recording in which Eddie plays the piano 'montuno' –chromatic playing of syncopated character- with the left hand, while making solo with the right one. The singing voice is that of the great Ismael Quintana.
After the success of the Yellow Cube and the Black Box, the 3rd box will once again travel the musical planet Nova in all directions and at all times since the 50s.
Llegó La India Via Eddie Palmieri (La India Has Arrived Via Eddie Palmieri) is a salsa album by Puerto Rican-American singer La India in collaboration with pianist Eddie Palmieri. It was released in the US by Soho Sounds in 1992 and features songs in Spanish and English. The album was also released in the UK by Acid Jazz Records in 1993.