An NYC Mambo, Boogaloo and Salsa Family Tree


“…  Eddie Palmieri (b. 1936). Palmieri is a Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and bandleader of Puerto Rican heritage. Influenced by jazz as well as by Latin pianists, Palmieri was also inspired by his older brother Charlie to take up piano after starting on timbales. During the 1950s, Palmieri played with various orchestras, most notably with Tito Rodríguez. In 1961 he founded his own conjunto (group) La Perfecta, combining progressive ideas with various Cuban traditions, utilizing the flute (from the charanga) and two trombones (inspired by Mon Rivera) for a heavier sound. Influenced in the 1960s by the civil rights, social justice and anti-poverty struggles, Palmieri became more message-oriented in his lyric content and more experimental musically, culminating in the ultimate synthesis of Latin and soul/funk, Harlem River Drive (including live recordings made at Sing Sing prison), as well as the most progressive salsa track of the time, ‘Vamanos Pa’l Monte’ and later psychedelic expansions on the album The Sun of Latin Music, recorded at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios. … Joe Bataan (b. 1942). Born Bataan Nitollano in Harlem to an African-American mother and a Filipino father, Joe ‘Mr. New York’ Bataan is a vocalist, piano player, composer and bandleader. He is most commonly associated with Latin soul during his tenure with Fania (‘Gypsy Woman,’ ‘Ordinary Guy,’ ‘Subway Joe’), but was also responsible for several Spanish-language hits from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s (‘Puerto Rico Me Llama,’ ‘Aguanta La Lengua’), as well as one of the earliest rap songs (‘Rap-O Clap-O’). Influenced early on by doo-wop and mambo, Bataan combined the hard-driving urban sound of trombone-led Latin forms with sweet soul for a combination that made him the most popular English-language vocalist during the boogaloo era. … Pete Rodríguez (b. 1932). The Bronx-born Nuyorican ‘King Of Boogaloo’ and pianist Pete Rodríguez led his own conjunto (sometimes referred to as Orquesta La Magnífica) from the early 1960s (first record: At Last!, 1964) until retiring from active performance in the early 1970s, though he recently re-entered the spotlight in the documentary We Like It Like That and made several concert appearances around the promotion of the film. …”
Red Bull Music Academy Daily (Video)
Red Bull Music Academy Daily – An Introduction to Eddie Palmieri: A Revolution on Harlem River Drive (Video)

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