Harlem River Drive

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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.
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Albums

Harlem River Drive - Harlem River Drive album art Harlem River Drive Harlem River Drive (Album) Roulette, Roulette US 1971 Sell This Version
Harlem River Drive - Recorded Live At Sing Sing album art Eddie Palmieri With Harlem River Drive Eddie Palmieri With Harlem River Drive - Recorded Live At Sing Sing (Album, Comp) Tico Records US 1972 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Harlem River Drive - Seeds Of Life album art Harlem River Drive Seeds Of Life (Single) Roulette France 1971 Sell This Version
Harlem River Drive - Idle Hands album art Harlem River Drive Idle Hands (Single) Roulette US 1971 Sell This Version
Harlem River Drive - Need You / Overtime album art Harlem River Drive Need You / Overtime (Single) Arista US 1975 Sell This Version
SB7025 Harlem River Drive - Idle Hands album art Harlem River Drive Idle Hands(7", RM) Soul Brother Records (3) SB7025 UK 2017 Sell This Version

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