This is bilingual music with Jazz and Afro-Cuban elements re-assembled, as in collage, or mutated to fit odd meters, more common in eastern Europe, and yet it still feels Cuban... and then the groove can change suddenly, like turning a corner, a new view opening up, another way of looking at things. Speyer's compositions for Time Zone express some of the surreal complexity of life in Cuba, and of the interaction and collision of Cuban culture with his own. They also draw fully on the capabilities and diverse experience of six great musicians, who rise with enthusiasm to the challenge of playing them. An excellent live studio sound.
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