In this excerpt from the podcast, Palmieri describes how his compositions reflect an understanding of his audience, an intuitive ear, and a philosophical understanding of the genres he was expanding. [1:26]
Eddie Palmieri: Because I knew with the experience of the other bands, that if you’re gonna be respected by your peers, you have to have your own signature. You have to have your own musical language, which was my compositions. And they all became hits on their own. Everything I wrote was quite exciting, you know, and I certainly knew how to excite. I knew it intuitively, because I studied the Cuban structures. But what I went with Bob Bianco, I learned scientifically why it works. And that’s because it’s tension and resistance. That must be in all the compositions. To lead to an exciting musical climax, and that you built up when you have from the piano solo to the bongo, to the timbal. You’re creating more and more tension. And you’re creating more what they call synchronization of that rhythm section. And when that full tutti comes in or the trombones or flute, that’s gonna blow you out.
And that was my mission, to do that to the dancers, you know. And they love the band, and it was a band to enjoy listening to, watching them play, and dancing to it.