Eddie Palmieri is in his prime; Last year’s Latin Jazz release Sabiduria brought the full power of his experience and willingness to push boundaries together in a near perfect presentation. This year he stunned us yet again with a powerful Salsa album - Full Circle - accompanied by the PalmieriSalsaJams App, which allows fans and students to manipulate and 'remix' all of the tracks, as a practice tool and as an interactive way to understand the arrangements.
And Now, Mr. Palmieri delivers a second Salsa project, due out on December 7, 2018. Mi Luz Mayor is best described in his words:
'Here I present to you the music that my late wife, Iraida, and I enjoyed in our youth. I would play this music in our home often, during the holidays and on special occasions. We would dance to this music, but there were also times where the music spoke for us. Music was the constant force that touched our hearts and would heal any wounds that life sent our way. Ultimately, these songs represent our love story. Selecting each composition and writing new music helped me work through my grief after she passed away in 2014. Because this music is in her honor, everything from start to finish had to be of the highest caliber, and I am proud to say that it is just that.
The music is a reflection of the profound respect, admiration and impact both Rene Hernández and Ray Santos have had on my musical life. Their arranging skills show careful study and the diligence I endeavor to carry over into my own arrangements. It is the platform from which I rarely move, where the historical integrity of the Cuban structures are preserved and expounded upon – that is the excitement that drives my creative process. The music also embodies the contributions and arranging talent of Jose Madera – I truly believe he is an inspiration to the next generation of arrangers.
As for the musicians…I am surrounded by Chiefs, each a master of their own instrument. I am incredibly grateful to all the musicians that are on this recording and of course, the special guests, Mr. Carlos Santana, Mr. Gilberto Santa Rosa and La Voz del Caribe, Herman Olivera.'
Mi Luz Mayor is set for release on December 7, with preorder available now.