Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, and composer Eddie Palmieri has been called "the madman of Latin Jazz." His playing fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. On this 1997 episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland joins the band for an hour of Palmieri's powerful rhythmic compositions. Palmieri and his group perform a set including "La Comparsa" and "Beloro Dos." McPartland improvises a "Portrait of Eddie Palmieri."
Originally broadcast in the fall of 1997.
- "Doña Tere" (Palmieri)
- "Liza" (Palmieri)
- "Definitely In" (Palmieri)
- "Portrait of Eddie Palmieri" (Boleros Dos)
- "Iraida" (Palmieri)
- "M.E. Blues" (McPartland, Palmieri)
- "Comparsa" (Palmieri)