Bridge to Havana In 1999, American pop stars and Cuban musicians mixed it up for a week in Havana to create these 12 tracks. "Not So Close Not… Bridge to Havana In 1999, American pop stars and Cuban musicians mixed it up for a week in Havana to create these 12 tracks. "Not So Close Not… 2004-06-29 Various Artists
Music Review

Bridge To Havana (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 29, 2004; Lead Performance: Various Artists

In 1999, American pop stars and Cuban musicians mixed it up for a week in Havana to create these 12 tracks. ''Not So Close Not So Far'' (featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman, Carlos Varela, and Santiago Feliu) projects anthemic power, and ''La Brisa Azul'' (Bonnie Raitt, Pablo Menendez, and Rey Guerra) neatly blends both nations' blues traditions. While there are some weak spots -- ''Feelin' Good'' drowns Gladys Knight's vocal in synthesizers and smooth-jazz horns -- Bridge is still noteworthy, if only because current U.S. policy toward Cuba would preclude these sessions from happening today.

Originally posted Jul 16, 2004 Published in issue #774 Jul 16, 2004 Order article reprints