To pronounce Eddie Palmieri salsa’s greatest pianist sounds almost confining. His thundering chords, inventive claves, and cosmic harmonies suggest the kind of effects artist Jack Kirby might have achieved if he’d taken up the piano rather than the pencil. At 76, Palmieri remains a keyboard Galactus, a perfectionist with entire worlds at his fingertips. And though his recordings have become sporadic compared to the masterpieces he annually dropped on the Fania label during the late ’60 and early ’70s, his subsequent rearrangements of such classic tracks as “La Libertad Logica,” “Pa’ La Ocha Tambo,” and “Azucar Pa’ Ti” outdo the originals. Greek-born singer-composer Magda Giannikou’s Banda Magda open this Celebrate Brooklyn! concert with a Pink Martini–esque blend of samba, jazz manouche, cumbia, tango, and other styles sung in several different languages.
Sat., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 31, 2013