Caribbean Unity: It's About the Riddim
Special Guest: Pianist Monty Alexander
While the two pianists originate from opposite sides of the Caribbean, a dedication to rhythm and the feeling of jazz unites them. In this first-ever meeting between the two artists, their mutually sympathetic vibrations combine for some stunning music. The striking Palmieri composition La Gitana provides a unique forum for the exchange of musical ideas and performance. Other highlights include the always-delightful Thelonious Monk composition In Walked Bud and some entertaining, informative conversation between Monty and Eddie.
El Sonido Nuevo Revisited
Special Guest: Vibraphonist Joe Locke and trombonist Conrad Herwig
Forty years ago, the jazz world was rocked by the LP El Sonido Nuevo, a collaboration between the late vibraphonist Cal Tjader and Eddie Palmieri, with Eddie's La Perfecta orchestra, also knows at the time as the Band of Roaring Elephants, featuring the unique trombone styling of the late Barry Rogers. Now, Eddie and his guests re-visit the landmark 1966 album. Guarija en Azul features a rousing solo by Joe Locke on Marimba. The full force of the trombone section led by Conrad Herwig is especially evident on El Sonido Nuevo.