Personnel includes: Eddie Palmieri (acoustic piano); Herman Olivera (vocals, claves, maracas);Ivan Renta (tenor saxophone); Brian Lynch, John Walsh (trumpet); Conrad Herwig, Chris Washburne, Doug Beavers (trombone); Karen Joseph (flute); John Rodriguez Jr. (bongos); George Delgado (congas, percussion); Joe Santiago (bass); Jose Clausell (timbal); Ray Vieras (background vocals).
Includes liner notes by Dr. Robert Farris Thompson.
Personnel: Eddie Palmieri (piano); Herman Olivera (vocals, claves, maracas); Ilmar Gavilan (violin); Wan Yi Pan (cello); Karen Joseph, Eddie Zervigon (flute); Ivan Renta (tenor saxophone); Brian Lynch (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Walsh (trumpet); Conrad Herwig (trombone, alto trombone); Chris Washburne (trombone, tuba); Doug Beavers, Renaldo Jorge (trombone); Robby Ameen (drums); George Delgado (congas, shekere); John "Dandy" Rodriguez (bongos, guiro); Jos‚ "Cochi" Claussell (timbales).
Audio Mixer: Jon Fausty.
Recording information: RPM Studios.
Arrangers: Eddie Palmieri; Brian Lynch.
Pianist Eddie Palmieri, an innovative part of the Latin jazz and salsa scenes since the late '50s, mixes together a variety of idioms on this intriguing set. He uses a number of horns (including two or three trombones), an expanded rhythm section, occasional strings, and (on six of the 11 selections) a vocal group. Although there are some fine individual solos (including those from Palmieri and trumpeter Brian Lynch), it is the joyful sound of the ensembles that is most impressive. The individual tunes do not stick in one's mind and sometimes the music wanders away from jazz altogether into commercial salsa, but most of this set should be of interest to Afro-Cuban jazz listeners. ~ Scott Yanow