Eddie Palmieri: In Walked Bud
In Walked Bud
Eddie Palmieri (piano)
Listen Here! (Concord Picante 2276-2)
Conrad Herwig, Doug Beavers (trombones), John Benitez (bass), Horacio “El Negro” Hernández (drums), Giovanni Hidalgo (congas).
Composed by Thelonious Monk; arranged by Eddie Palmieri & Doug Beavers.
Recorded: New York, January 19-21 & 23, 2005
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
It has been rare to hear Eddie Palmieri on record interpreting jazz standards, as he does with Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud" (and three others) on Listen Here! One of his trombonists on this track, Conrad Herwig, has released his own fascinating CDs presenting the "Latin Side" of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Wayne Shorter, respectively. Perhaps Palmieri and/or Herwig can devote an entire project to Monk sometime soon, given the successful Latin transformation of "In Walked Bud," a tune based on "Blue Skies" changes, that Monk wrote for his close friend Bud Powell.
An original Latin-rhythm vamp paves the way for Monk's theme, Hernández and Hidalgo helping to give the composition a completely different flavor than usual. Trumpeter Brian Lynch solos first, delivering flowing runs with a crisp yet glowing sound. Donald Harrison's silky alto offers phrasings that take delightfully unexpected twists and turns, followed by Herwig's sure-footed, dancing trombone. All these concise and stimulating solos set the stage for Palmieri's more extended escapade. His infectious percussive attack and montuno ending are all Palmieri, with surprisingly little hint of Monk or Powell. The next bracing call-and-response interlude features exclamatory riffs exchanged by two groupings of horns. Hernández and Hidalgo then eagerly engage one another over Palmieri's persistent montuno. A final exultant refrain from the horns wraps up this totally reimagined Monk opus by Palmieri's brass-heavy working band.
Reviewer: Scott Albin