Sunday, April 17, 2011

In Dew Time, 1988

Jane Bunnett is a Canadian soprano sax/flute player who has been smitten with the music of Cuba. When she began she leaned more toward post-bop and modern jazz. She's released a string of excellent recordings, of which this is her first. The ubiquitous Scott Yanow provides an accurate review of In Dew Time:
Jane Bunnett's debut album uses different personnel on every selection. She starts out quite strong (playing flute in a duet with pianist Don Pullen on his catchy "Big Alice") and continues the momentum throughout a set that includes two of her originals, an obscure Carla Bley song, the title cut (written by her husband-trumpeter Larry Cramer) and a medley of her "Five" and the standard "As Long As There Is Music." At that point in her career, Bunnett was a little more original on flute than on soprano but already quite talented on both. In addition to members of her Canadian group (Cramer, pianist Brian Dickenson, bassist Scott Alexander and drummer Claude Ranger), Bunnett welcomes Don Pullen, tenor great Dewey Redman and the french horn of Vincent Chancey on some of the selections. The inside/outside music is quite colorful, unpredictable and ultimately logical. A very impressive debut.

To many she may be an unknown but she has definitely paid her dues. This is a recording that deserves to heard!


  1. An outstanding musician!
    I do have in my library her albums: "The Water Is Wide" and "Spirituals & Dedications", but not this one.
    Looking forward to hear it.
    Many thanks for the post.

  2. Thanks for this one. Pretty impressing.I know some of her later stuff, but this is far more interesting.