Bartra brings six originals to the album, including "Guajira Son," a spirited cha cha that opens the disc, and "Peace Loving People are on the Rise," a call for Democracy that’s heavy handed, but well meaning. The album also features a vocalese performance of Wayne Shorter’s "Footprints." Bartra also delivers a nice reading of the Beatles’ "Black Bird." The song begins as a warm, gentle breeze, builds to an extended horn solo, and then closes with Bartra scatting. It’s an example of the singer’s desire to add it all in.
A native of Peru who lives in New York, Bartra is backed by a stellar group of musicians, including bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Cliff Korman. Jay Rodriguez plays saxophone and flute.
Bartra fills Bambu Sun with good intentions. Her energy is contagious, and her high spirits are the secret ingredient on the disc. Bambu Sun is recommended for fans of world music.