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Marilyn Lerner: Birds Are Returning

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Montreal-born pianist Marilyn Lerner is an experimenter with an ear and touch for invention on the far edge of convention, as was discovered at the Toronto Jazz Festival in ’96. Two longtime friends, Torontonians and certified Cuba-philes-saxophonist Jane Bunnett and her trumpeter husband Larry Cramer (saxophonist-flutist and producer of the date respectively)-convinced Lerner to take still another adventure, this time of a southerly nature. So off they went to Egrem Studios in Havana to make music with some of Bunnett and Cramer’s Cuban cohorts-who just happen to be some of the sturdiest Afro-Cuban jazz musicians in that music-rich land of contradictions.

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