Soprano saxophonist/flutist Jane Bunnett has a long-standing affinity for Cuban music in general and Afro-Cuban jazz in particular, and she's indulged this passion on previous releases with her Spirit

Soprano saxophonist/flutist Jane Bunnett has a long-standing affinity for Cuban music in general and Afro-Cuban jazz in particular, and she's indulged this passion on previous releases with her Spirits of Havana ensemble. This time out, however, Bunnett and her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer, have truly gone native. Most of the tracks were cut in Cuba with a host of massively talented local musicians, and the result is nothing short of a major fiesta. The dynamic interplay of voice, soprano sax, and trumpet we hear on "Quítate el Chaquetón" and "El Diablo" is the wild heart of the album. It's a joyful, unruly, intensely rhythmic jazz vibe, meant to fuel a dance party. Quieter moments, such as "Prizon," featuring Grupo Vocal Descendann, have a folk music-like emotive quality.—PVV