La Chancha - Eddie Palmieri

from the album Sabiduría (2017)

Growing up in the South Bronx, Eddie Palmieri leaned how to play piano in the NYC Public Schools.  To say he was good is an understatement.  When he was eleven years old, he performed at Carnegie Hall.  Soon after, he was playing in bands, riffing on Thelonious Monk.

Now eighty years old, he has released Sabiduría, an album of mind-bending latin jazz that would be the envy of men half his age.

The song I'm digging most is La Chancha.  This composition is a classic mambo with a twist: the addition of a violin track, masterfully played by Alfredo de la Fe.  The combination of violin and vibraphone (Joe Locke) solos adds a new spark to this mambo, making it a most exciting listen.  The congas (Johnny Rivero) are also magnificent.  Underpinning it all is the incredible timing and mastery of Eddie Palmieri on the piano.

This song is an example of how this grammy-award winning legend continues to innovate at eighty.  The quality, energy, and classic beauty of this record takes my breath away.  God bless the NYC Public School System.

Click Here to listen to La Chancha.  Do yourself a favor and crank it up very loud.

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