Salsa revolutionized my musical life. I met some wonderful people when I lived in San Francisco who held my hand through the process. They introduced me to all the Kings: Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades, Ray Barretto, and Celia Cruz. This is one of my favorite albums: Sentido by Eddie Palmieri.
The cover of my LP is way sexier than the covers of Sentido that came up on Google image search.
Here are a few of my absolute favorite tunes to get you started (I’m in love with Eddie Palmieri. We will have a love child). Debes Salsa!!!
One of Eddie’s most famous hits from the album of the same name, released in 1984. Eddie won a Grammy for it.
From the 1973 liner notes of Sentido by Harvey Averne, President of Coco Records Inc.:
Eddie Palmieri’s light shines brightly in the world of music and his light will continually grow as long as he continues to grow. He is a star by all definitions of the word and is an especially outstanding one. His entire lifestyle and music differs greatly from that of other Latin musicians. He is aware that a mind only works to full capacity when it functions hand in hand with a healthy well-tuned body as a unit of force. A calm living environment, good eating, fasting, and continuous study, have led Eddie to great musical heights and have made him a positive, powerful, and creative force.