Traditional music from Cuba covers a lot of territory. With vocal soloists and chorus, lively charanga flute features, a stellar jazz saxophone quartet, and a 38-piece percussion ensemble, the session stands on familiar ground. However, this is not mere traditional folkloric music. Bebop jazz and Afro-Cuban actions weave an exciting tale of ceremony and a history of ambassadorial reunions. Whether marching to an ancient cadence or quoting from "Salt Peanuts," the Cuban artists Bunnett has enlisted interact with her flute and soprano saxophone seamlessly. Recorded in Santiago de Cuba, the session offers proof that music is, indeed, THE universal language. Pianist Geovanis Alcántara, trumpeter Carlos Thomas, bassist Roberto Occhipinti and pianist David Virelles stand out for their passionate solo work. Bunnett's leadership serves as a cohesive force. Her fluid saxophone and high-flying flute provide lyrical moods and joyful celebration. "Black Tears," for example, contrasts with "Donna Lee" as an opposing force. Highly unique and carrying the Cuban tradition, the classic up-tempo bebop piece wears clothes of a different texture. "Lágrimas Negras," meanwhile, stirs passionately as a soulful ballad. The title track summarizes Bunnett's intentions by balancing swinging jazz and spiritual Afro-Cuban tradition in equal shares. Recommended, Alma De Santiago casts aside political barriers and lets the people speak freely.
Track Listing: Funky Mambo; Son Santiaguero; Almendra; Jane and Los Hoyos; La Comparsa; Camaroncito Seco; L
Personnel: Jane Bunnett- flute, soprano saxophone; Larry Cramer- trumpet, flugelhorn; Carlos Thomas- trumpet; Geovanis Alc
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.