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Harlem River Drive

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Jazz, R&B/Soul and Latin

Leader: Eddie Palmieri The pinnacle of Palmieri’s career as a socially conscious artist was the revolutionary group he co-led with his brother Charlie, called Harlem River Drive. The band was named after a highway that cuts through Harlem, allowing cars to bypass the local streets of the neighborhood entirely, where the rich zipped past to avoid the harsh social realities of the ghetto. For Palmieri, this highway was a symbol of the inequalities of modern society. It was no accident that his group combined Latin, soul and free jazz in a way that sought to unify all of Harlem in the face of adversity. Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive group employed members of Aretha Franklin’s band, alongside some of the most important Latin musicians and jazz soloists of the day, such as Ronnie Cuber, Barry Rogers and Bernard Purdie.

        
Members
PortraitEddie Palmieri
p *1936 US
PortraitBernard Purdie
dr *1939
PortraitBurt Collins
tr, fh 1931-2007 US
PortraitCharlie Palmieri
p, org 1927-1988 PR
PortraitCornell Dupree
g 1942-2011 US
PortraitRandy Brecker
tr, fh *1945 US
PortraitNicky Marrero
tim US
PortraitBarry Rogers
tb 1935-1991 US
PortraitAndy Gonzalez
b *1951 US
PortraitJerry Jemmott
eb, b *1946 US
PortraitVictor Venegas
b 1932-2006 US
PortraitReggie Ferguson
dr US
PortraitBob Mann
g *1944 US
Eladio Perez
cng, perc
PortraitManny Oquendo
perc, tim 1931-2009 US
Dick Meza
ts, fl
Lorene Hanchard
voc
PortraitJimmy Norman
voc 1937-2011 US
Dean Robert Pratt
dr US
Marilyn Herscher
voc
PortraitBruce Fowler
tb *1947 US
Allan Taylor
voc US
Popular Tracks   
Idle Hands on Harlem River Drive by Harlem River Drive
Idle Hands on Cool Funk Classics by Various Artists
Theme from "Harlem River Drive" on Funktastic 70's by Various Artists
Harlem River Drive (Theme Song) on Harlem River Drive by Harlem River Drive
Seeds of Life on Masters of Dance by Various Artists
Seeds of Life (feat. Eddie Palmieri & Jimmy Norman) - Remastered Version on Harlem River Drive by Harlem River Drive
Harlem River Drive Theme - DJ Format Remix on Fania DJ Series: DJ Format by Various Artists
If (We Had Peace Today) on Harlem River Drive by Harlem River Drive
If (We Had Peace Today) - 2006 Remastered Version on Music for Peace by Various Artists
Broken Home on Harlem River Drive by Harlem River Drive

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Idle HandsHarlem River Drive2017Single
Need You / OvertimeHarlem River Drive1975Single
Recorded Live At Sing SingEddie Palmieri With Harlem River Drive1972Album
Harlem River DriveHarlem River Drive1971Album
Seeds Of LifeHarlem River Drive Featuring Eddie Palmieri1971Single
Idle HandsHarlem River Drive1971Single
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