Hot on the heels of DJ Lubi Jovanovic’s recent compilation for Nascente, Salsa Funk Experience, comes his new selection for the label. It’s a musical tale of two piano-playing brothers; Charlie, the elder, was often the lynchpin of classy descargas (jam sessions), while his jazz-loving kid brother, Eddie (a self-styled ‘frustrated percussionist), was more of a bandleader and a flashier soloist.
The brothers are given a CD each, focusing primarily on hard to find tracks for various labels from the 70s. Charlie often plays organ, so it’s a joy to hear his piano featured extensively on two later small-group recordings: Tito Puente’s ‘Fiesta a la King’ and the delicious ‘Mis Amigos EGC’. Eddie’s percussive piano is always up front and if his CD is marginally the more impressive of these two splendid offerings, it’s only because he constantly strives to stretch the genres.
Listen to the bowed and plucked violin solo on the thrilling ‘Nada De Ti’, or the frequent baritone sax that reminds us of his hybrid Harlem River Drive group, or the dissonant soprano sax solo on the wild ‘Cobarde’, which could be the soundtrack to an episode of Johnny Staccato, the 60s cult private-eye series about a piano-playing detective.
Appropriately the Palmieris finally play together on the final (inappropriately abridged) ‘Vamanos P’al Monte’, live at Sing Sing penitentiary. Despite this edit, and the lack of personnel details, this CD is a gem that won’t break the bank. A must-have for aficionados of Latin jazz and salsa picante.