Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch bring an exciting new band to Mayne Stage | Bleader

Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch bring an exciting new band to Mayne Stage

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Brian Lynch and Eddie Palmieri
  • Brian Lynch and Eddie Palmieri
On Sunday evening at the Mayne Stage, legendary Latin jazz/salsa pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri and protean trumpeter Brian Lynch (a trusted collaborator of Palmieri's for decades) debut a new quartet. The band also includes bassist Luques Curtis and fantastic Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto. They debuted in March at New York's Iridium, but they've yet to record anything.

Palmieri has been rightly celebrated for the innovations he introduced to salsa and Latin jazz—adding extended solos and adventurous harmonies, as well as tweaking the standard instrumentation by using a trombone-only horn section with his classic band La Perfecta—but he's also demonstrated a love for and facility in jazz improvisation. This quartet clearly privileges the "jazz" part of Latin jazz, adapting tunes from the 2006 album Simpático (ArtistShare), which Lynch and Palmieri made together with a big band, and giving some of Palmieri's classic La Perfecta repertoire a jazz makeover. All four members have also composed new music for the group. Below you can hear a track from Simpático, but you'll need to imagine how this lean, mean outfit might reshape it.

The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project, "Guajira Dubois"

Today's playlist:

Bobby Hutcherson, Oblique (Blue Note)
Various artists, Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
Jeremiah Cymerman, Fire Sign (Tzadik)
Fresh Maggots, Hatched (Sunbeam)
Joe Morris, The Chronological Joe Morris 1946-1949 (Classics)

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