Jane Bunnett Gunatanamo Blues Project, Volume 1
- Released: July 18, 2006
- Label: EMI Mod Afw
- 1.Chanqui Para Alfredo
- 2.Give Me One Dollar
- 4.Guantanamo Blues (Part 1)
- 5.Loma de Chivo (Part 2)
- 6.You Have Changed My Life
- 7.No Money, No Chica
- 8.Conga Blue
- 9.New Orleans Under Water (Nueva Orleans Bajo Agua)
- 11.Vamos Para Guaso Compay
Personnel: Jane Bunnett (flute, soprano saxophone); Jane Bunnett; Jumpin' Johnny Sansone (vocals, harmonica, accordion); Tiburon Morales (vocals); Kevin Breit (guitar); Dewey Redman (tenor saxophone); Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson (tuba); Jos‚ Olivares Perez (marimbula); Jalidan Ruiz Castro (congas); Larry Cramer (trumpet); David Virelles (piano); Kieran Overs (acoustic bass); The Spirits Of Havana.
Audio Mixers: Larry Cramer; Jeff McCulloch.
Liner Note Authors: Jane Bunnett; Larry Cramer; John McIntyre.
Recording information: Guantanamo, Cuba (12/2003-10/2005); Santiago, Cuba (12/2003-10/2005); Wellesley Sound Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (12/2003-10/2005).
On this intriguing set, flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett explores music from the Guant namo region of Cuba, music originally brought to the area from Haiti and West Africa. Bunnett's group infuses the exciting styles with jazz improvising and, due to the inclusion of Jumpin' Johnny Sansone on guitar, harmonica, accordion, and vocals, a dose of the blues and New Orleans rhythms. There is a great deal of variety to this set, ranging from the folkloric music of the voice and percussion ensembles Grupo Changui de Santiago and Grupo Changui de Guantanamo to the brilliant tenor saxophone playing of Dewey Redman, the contributions of Howard Johnson on tuba, and Bunnett's regular group with trumpeter Larry Cramer. While some numbers are dominated by vocals, even those pieces generally include interplay with the horns. For jazz listeners, the instrumentals are of greatest interest, as is the mixture of styles and idioms. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
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