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Nuyorican composer, arranger and pianist Eddie Palmieri’s recording “Listen Here” absolutely smokes! If you don’t have this gem in your collection … get it today it’s definitely worth your time, money and effort!

Eddie Palmieri - LISTEN HERE (2005)

Eddie Palmieri -][- LISTEN HERE – [Concord Records, 2005]

With “Listen Here” the “latin monk” Eddie Palmieri explores his jazzier roots with guests soloists and his excellent working band with great sucess. It’s fun and upbeat [like Eddie] but it is NOT big band latin jazz. For that turn to Eddie’s cd’s “La Perfecta” and “Obra Maestra”. This cd has more of a small unit jazz flavor with several jazz standards [Monk,Silver] and Eddie originals. Frankly to my ears the originals work better.

Regina Carter [violin] burns on “In Flight” and sax player Michael Brecker [who is very ill by the way] cooks on “Listen Here”. Listen Here seems to work best with the pared down units in the several formats presented here. Eddie’s percussive Monk-like piano playing is particually interesting on La Gitano with great subtle accoustic guitar work by John Scofield. Fans of Eddie’s big band latin jazz may be dissapointed or surprised [I was pleasently] but this is Eddie reaching and stretching his art. I hope he cotinues to evolve. Heck he’s only 68 years old! Recommended. —M. Murphy | Customer Review Amazon.com

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