Special guests on Mi Luz Mayor include Gilberto Santa Rosa, Herman Olivera, and Carlos Santana, who plays on the album's third track "Mi Congo." Guitar World recently called "Mi Congo" "lively, intricately beautiful," while NPR's Felix Contreras said the song will "change the perception of what you think an [81] year old should sound like. This is proof positive that we only get better with age." Other players on the album include Palmieri's frequent collaborators Jimmy Bosch, Luques Curtis, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, and "Little" Johnny Rivero.

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Eddie Palmieri 'Mi Luz Mayor'

"Here I present to you the music that my late wife Iraida and I enjoyed in our youth," Palmieri explains of the album. "I would play this music in our home often, during the holidays and on special occasions. We would dance to this music, but there were also times where the music spoke for us. Music was the constant force that touched our hearts and would heal any wounds that life sent our way. Ultimately, these songs represent our love story. Selecting each composition and writing new music helped me work through my grief after she passed away in 2014. Because this music is in her honor, everything from start to finish had to be of the highest caliber, and I am proud to say that it is just that."

Today the multi-Grammy Award winning pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Eddie Palmieri released Mi Luz Mayor, his second salsa album of the year on his newly launched imprint Uprising Music (through Ropeadope). Recorded at the iconic Power Station at BerkleeNYC (formerly known as Avatar Studios), Mi Luz Mayor is a big band album 35+ of the best afro-cuban musicians in the mecca of salsa: New York City.