THE BRIAN LYNCH/EDDIE PALMIERI PROJECT
Featuring very special guests
PHIL WOODS and LILA DOWNS
This project is a culmination of one of the most significant and rewarding relationships of my musical life; my work with the maestro, the Sun of Latin Music, Eddie Palmieri. Over the nearly twenty years I’ve had the blessing of playing and collaborating with Eddie, we’ve forged a unique and fruitful bond on the bandstand, in the recording studio, and as close friends. Eddie is one of my greatest mentors and a most beloved figure in my life. I’m very elated about having this opportunity to pay homage to this living legend and work with him to create new music together.
I’ve also taken this opportunity to include as an special invited guest for this project another legendary figure, who I’ve had the honor of a close association with for the last 13 years as a member of his quintet; the great Phil Woods. Phil is a featured soloist on several of the compositions of this CD. The other very special guest for the project is the sensational singer and songwriter Lila Downs, who I've collaborated with on a new song especially written for this project.
Also featured on the recording will be trombonist Conrad Herwig (who I co-lead the “Latin Side Of…” group with), alto saxophonist (and fellow Art Blakey alumnus) Donald Harrison, and the fabulous percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo, all colleagues of mine in Eddie Palmieri's Afro-Caribbean Jazz All-Stars. Among the other stellar musicians also on board will be the fantastic percussionist Pedro Martinez, the great drummers Robby Ameen and Dafnis Prieto, and nonpareil bassists Ruben Rodriguez and Boris Kozlov, all regular collaborators in my groups and recording projects.
I invite you to join me in sharing an amazing and powerful musical journey in seeing how Iput this project together. I've pulled out all the stops to provide you, the participant, with total access to the process of putting a major recording project together, and how I as a performer prepare for it. You’ll have access to everything from my compositional sketches to audio and video conversations with Eddie and myself, and recordings of band practice sessions woodshedding the music. The music student will find much to benefit from the on line lessons, downloadable exercises, and my weblog practice journal. You don’t have to be a musician though, to look over my shoulder with Artist Share and be a participant in this historic recording.