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Jane Burnett


Last year’s stunning Spirits of Havana revealed Jane Burnett’s ability to deliver joyous, sensual interpretations of Cuban music. On her latest, The Water Is Wide, the Canadian-born saxophonist/flautist takes on hypnotic material like Roland Kirk’s “Serenade to a Cuckoo” and her own “Elements of Freedom” with equally satisfying results. Burnett is a fine composer in her own right, but Water‘s most arresting moments are her darting, reflective improvisations on Thelonius Monk’s ever-serene “Pannonica” and her touching melodic variations on the traditional Scottish hymn that provides the disc’s title.