Charlie Palmieri




Charlie Palmieri may never be able to dodge the shadow of his younger yet more illustrious brother, but he deserves recognition for much more than promoting Eddie. In fact he's the considered by many to be the greater star, or at least earlier pioneer of the two. Born in 1927 and a former Julliard student, Charlie belonged to the previous generation. After stints as a workhorse pianist for "the two Titos" and Pupi Campo, in 1954 he left to form his own group, which played mostly Latin standards. Five years later he debuted his charanga and launched a vital new style. From there there were albums including some Latin jazz, Latin soul, and so on. Ultimately, however, his most enduring legacy may be as keyboardist on scores of important records by Eddie Palmieri and other "All Stars"--no small distinction.

Buying: His name as a sideman is reliable. Of his own LPs, the ones with Latin jazz or boogaloos are the most desirable, apart from early rarities. "Taxi Driver" is a great funky cut from the organ-led ElectroDuro.



Charlie Palmieri LPs

Rating
8Charlie Palmieri Quartet: Easy Does It; Gone G-5007; 1959 (light Latin jazz; w/Pacheco)
6Charlie Palmieri & the Duboney Orchestra: Let's Dance the Charanga!; United Artists UAS-6082; 1961 (w/Pacheco)
7Charlie Palmieri & his Charanga "La Duboney": Pachanga at the Caravana Club; Alegre LPA-804
8Hay Que Estar en Algo/Either You Have It or You Don't; Alegre SLPA-8580; 1967
8Latin Bugalu; Atlantic SD-8166; 1968 (Latin/Latin soul/Latin jazz)
Charlie Palmieri; MaryLou 1016
Giant Step; Tico
7El Gigante del Teclado/Giant of the Keyboard; Alegre CLPA-7003; 1972
7Vuelve El Gigante; Alegre CLPA-7008; 1973
7ElectroDuro; Coco 111; 1974 (w/Cortijo, Tito Puente, Roberto Roena, Cachao..; "Taxi Driver" is funky)
7Impulsos; Coco 118; 1975 (w/Tito Puente, Vitin Aviles, Victor Velazquez..)
7Con Salsa y Sabor: Charlie Palmieri & Menique; Cotique CS-1089; 1977


Partly & Sideman LPs

Rating
7Brasilia Nueve: How Insensitive; Decca DL-74910 (Brasilian jazz; arr. & cond. by Bill Potts; prod. Richard Marin; w/Zoot Sims, Markie Markowitz, unnamed vibist, Mel Lewis, Richard Davis, Chino Pozo, Charlie Palmieri, Louie Ramirez, Tony Gottuso, Barry Goldbraith)
7Cachao y su Descarga "77" Vol. 1; Salsoul Salsa Series SAL-4111; 1976
6Cachao (Israel Lopez) y su Descarga: "Dos"; Salsoul Salsa Series SAL-4115; 1977
6Juan Calle & his Latin Lantzmen: Mazeltov, Mis Amigos; Riverside RLP-97510; 1961
7Kako & his After Hours Orchestra: Tribute to Noro: Alegre LPA-833 (Latin soul/Latin jazz; w/Charlie Palmieri, Cachao, Louis Ramirez, Joe Quijano, Rene Hernandez, Chivirico Davila, Chihuahua Martinez, Hector Rivera..)
Rolando Lasarie: Salsa Peliculos; Musart; 1973
5The Latin All Stars: Latin Jam Boree; Roper RRLPS-1021; 1973 (arrangements w/Tito Puente)
5Noraida: La Barbara del Mundo Latino; Roulette/Tico SLP-1223 (1 arrangement, rest w/Tito Puente)
6Charlie Palmieri [Y Su Charanga Duboney: Lo Ultimo]; Embajador E-6001 (reissues Mardi-Gras)
7Charlie Palmieri/La Playa Sextet/Emilio Reyes: Algo Estamos Haciendo Bien; El Globo 6001 (Mardi-Gras recordings, some possibly newly issued or on LP for the first time)
9Eddie Palmieri: Harlem River Drive; Roulette SR-3004; 1971
7Eddie Palmieri Recorded Live at Sing Sing (with Harlem River Drive); Tico CLP-1303; 1972
6Eddie Palmieri & Friends in Concert at the University of Puerto Rico; Coco DCLP-107; 1973
7Eddie Palmieri Recorded Live at Sing Sing Vol. 2; Roulette/Tico CLP-1321; 1974 (live w/2 reissued studio cuts as filler)
7Eddie Palmieri: Palo Pa Rumba; Musica Latina Int. Inc. MS-56; 1984
9Tito Puente & his Concert Orchestra; Tico CLP-1308; 1973
6Joe Quijano: The World's Most Exciting Latin Orchestra & Review; Cesta CESLP-20 Plus
7Joe Quijano: Ahora; Coco CLP-114; 1975
6Jose "Candido" Rodriguez: Soy Mezclao; Solo SLP-502; 1973 (plays organ)
7Tico All-Stars: Descargas at the Village Gate Vol. 1: Tico SLP-1135 (Chocolate Armenteros, Ray Barretto, Cachao, Candido, Joe Cuba, Johnny Pacheco, Charlie Palmieri, Eddie Palmieri, Victor Paz, Chino Pozo, Tito Puente, Barry Rogers, Jimmy Sabater..)
5Tico All-Stars: Descargas at the Village Gate Vol. 2: Tico SLP-1145 (Chocolate Armenteros, Ray Barretto, Cachao, Candido, Joe Cuba, Johnny Pacheco, Charlie Palmieri, Eddie Palmieri, Victor Paz, Chino Pozo, Tito Puente, Barry Rogers, Jimmy Sabater..)
7Tico All-Stars: Descargas at the Village Gate Vol. 3: Tico SLP-1155 (Chocolate Armenteros, Ray Barretto, Cachao, Candido, Joe Cuba, Johnny Pacheco, Charlie Palmieri, Eddie Palmieri, Victor Paz, Chino Pozo, Tito Puente, Barry Rogers, Jimmy Sabater..)
6Tico All-Stars: Recorded Live at Carnegie Hall Vol. 1: Tico CLP-1325; 1974 (Tito Puente, Joe Cuba, Charlie Palmieri, La Lupe, Alegre All Stars..)
8Cal Tjader: Primo; Fantasy F-9422; 1973 (arr. Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri)
8Gus Vali: Chimera; Peters International PILPS-9005; 1974
8Ozzie Torrens & his Exciting Orchestra: Boogaloo in Apartment 41; Decca DL-74830 (w/Louie Ramirez, Manny Duran, Charlie Palmieri, Manny Corchado..)
9Eduardo Zurita: Zurita en New York; Remo LPR-1542 (Vol. 6)
8Eduardo Zurita: Para los enamorados; Remo LPR-1596 (Vol. 10)
8Various: 12 Top Tunes 1967; Tico TRLP-1163; 1967 (compilation of Tico/Alegre prod. Pancho Cristal; 1/2 Latin soul; "Boogaloo Mania"; Pete Rodriguez, La Lupe, Tito Puente, Joe Cuba, Eddie Palmieri, Celio Gonzalez, Ismael Rivera/Cortijo, Ricardo Ray, Celia Cruz, Hugo Leonel Vacarro, Los Chavales de Espana)


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