Luis Muñoz : Of Soul and Shadow

Costa Rican keyboardist-percussionist Muñoz has painted a loving, kaleidoscopic portrait of his homeland, combining several strains of jazz performance into a folkloric framework. A large, rotating cast of musicians evokes lush rainforest, busy urban centers, relaxed country life or scenes of nostalgic romance with ease, and while it can seem a bit scattershot at times (or even contrived when Muñoz relies a bit too much on overdubs), tunes like the dance machine “La Verdad” or the too-short “Luz Del Sur” are terrific.