Eddie Palmieri Septet w/ Donald Harrison & Ronnie Cuber
Eddie Palmieri Septet with Donald Harrison & Ronnie Cuber
There’s nothing in jazz quite like the sight of Eddie Palmieri hunched over the piano, hammering out percussive block chords and propelling his band deeper into an already stage-levitating montuno groove. As a leading force in Afro-Caribbean music for more than half a century, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award winner was the last great bandleader to emerge from the Palladium Ballroom’s golden era. He helped spark the birth of salsa at Fania Records in the 1970s, and galvanized Latin jazz with his fearsome septet in the late 1980s featuring New Orleans alto sax great Donald Harrison, who rejoins El Rumbero Del Piano for this exclusive performance along with baritone saxophone master Ronnie Cuber. The New Orleans-born Harrison came up through the jazz academy that was drum legend Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and has become one of the most formidable saxophonists in jazz. He’s recorded nearly two dozens albums and appeared as himself on several episodes of the smash HBO series Treme. Cuber is a founding member of the Mingus Big Band who has performed with artists ranging from Horace Silver to Frank Zappa.