Leave it to Canadian Jane Bunnett to continuously discover something new and beautiful in Cuba. Why not? Long before Ry Cooder created global Cuban fever with the phenomenon of the Buena Vista Social Club, this acclaimed flutist and soprano saxophonist had already been in Havana several years, interacting and recording with greats like Frank Emilio Flynn, Guillermo Barreto, Merceditas Valdes and a young Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Now she heads East to Santiago de Cuba for her latest offering, Alma de Santiago, and once again finds folkloric beauty and musical virtuosity for all to appreciate.
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