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Eddie Palmieri Trio Features David Sanchez at Iridium

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Eddie Palmieri Trio
Featuring David Sanchez
(Eddie Palmieri Website)
(David Sanchez Website)

Eddie Palmieri – Piano
David Sanchez – Saxophone
Luques Curtis – Bass
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway, Corner of 51st St, NYC

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 17, 2007

Eddie Palmieri opened tonight’s second and last set of the series with a rhythmic, melodic piano lead, merging to a syncopated, contrasting theme on bass and sax. Palmieri even added chords to David Sanchez’ riff. Sanchez’ solo, lengthy and improvisational, invited Palmieri’s luscious Latin clavé. This Trio turned Salsa-driven fusion into Mambo madness. Palmieri, addressing his fans, added a tribute to Roberto Clemente, the renowned Puerto Rican baseball player, who died in a plane crash on a charitable mission. Sanchez provided another long riff, slow and mesmerizing, pitched for rapid Latin keyboard solos and percussive bass infusions. Sanchez kept building further on this theme, switching to jazzy moods. Palmieri and Sanchez merged genres seamlessly. Sanchez added repetitious refrains, as his sax lowered to a whisper, following driven piano dynamics. Luques Curtis, on bass, played an emotional solo, entwining with Palmieri’s piano chords. This personal tribute ended as a lullaby, with a hint of Old San Juan.

The next piece was fused and abstract, as piano, bass, and sax worked a clavé connection. Sanchez’ rippling sax flowed over the mesmerizing keyboard, and the audience clapped in rhythmic spontaneity. Eddie Palmieri has noteworthy, eclectic talent, and this set at Iridium showcased this skill, as well as the versatility of David Sanchez, with assistance from Luques Curtis.

Eddie Palmieri Trio
Photo courtesy of Jim Eigo

Eddie Palmieri and David Sanchez
Photo courtesy of Jim Eigo

Eddie Palmieri on Piano, David Sanchez on Sax, Luques Curtis on Bass
Photo courtesy of Jim Eigo

Eddie Palmieri
Photo courtesy of Jim Eigo

David Sanchez on Sax
Photo courtesy of Jim Eigo

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