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Jane Bunnett

Biography

Playing soprano saxophone and flute, Canadian Jane Bunnett is equally at home with jazz, Cuban or Brazilian music. She had been studying classical piano but was bitten by the jazz bug after seeing a performance by Charles Mingus, and switched to soprano sax. Studying the free jazz players of the 1970s, she developed her improvisational techniques while maintaining a strong melodic grounding. Later she would have a chance to prove herself playing with jazz legends Don Pullen and Dewey Redman. She visited Cuba in the late '80s with her partner, trumpeter Larry Cramer, and they were inspired by that rich musical island. Her landmark 1991 recording Spirits of Havana, with top Cuban folkloric and jazz (Gonzalo Rubalcaba) musicians, features tasteful solos both in and out, as well as remarkable arrangements. Continuing her involvement with Cuban musicians, she has developed a style of Latin Jazz that is truly adventurous.
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