Musician Profile: Eddie Palmieri celebrates 50 years in music industry

RecordOnline writes a profile of Eddie Palmieri, a Puerto Rican pianist with a passion for the instrument, for improvisation and innovation.

The tributes come as Eddie celebrates his 50th anniversary in the music business.

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From his own web site:

The world has long admired the Harlem-born, seven-time GRAMMY ® Award-winning Eddie Palmieri as one of the foremost Latin pianists of the last half-century. His ability to fuse the rhythms of his Hispanic, Puerto Rican heritage with the jazz influences of Thelonius Monk and McCoy Tyner made him an immediate hit when he played New York ‘s Palladium Ballroom in the 1950s and ‘60s. He has continued to roll on with stylistic innovations over the years, creating classic Tico albums and later mixing salsa with R&B, pop, rock, Spanish vocals and more jazz improvisation. Now 68, Palmieri – who in 2005 celebrates an amazing 50-year career as a professional musician – simply revolutionized the sound of Latin music, an accomplishment that alone would ensure his place in the music pantheon.