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You never know what you’re going to get with Eddie Palmieri: One moment the 69-year-old pianist will be fingering classic Latin dance rhythms to accompany his booming horn section; the next he’ll be pounding out a noisy solo. The only consistent thing about the unpredictable Puerto Rican New Yorker has been the innovative quality of the dozens of records he’s made over the course of his 50-plus-year career. On last year’s Latin-jazz effort Listen Here! Palmieri offered hints of his dance-band nights at New York City’s legendary Palladium during the ’50s and ’60s, as well as improvisational stretches that demonstrated what he loved hearing at Birdland. His Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver adaptations on the disc are certainly impressive, but it’s the flamenco-classical hybrid “La Gitana” and minimalist bolero “Tema Para Eydie” that are crying out for in-the-flesh renditions. Palmieri performs at 8 & 10 p.m. through Sunday, June 11, at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35. (202) 337-4141. (Steve Kiviat)