While Havana Jam featured a variety of styles of music, this particular two-LP set focuses exclusively on jazz. Taken from a series of concerts held in Cuba in 1979, Irakere (which at the time included altoist Paquito D'Rivera and trumpeter Arturo Sandvoal), The CBS Jazz All-Stars (starring such greats as tenors Stan Getz, Jimmy Heath and Dexter Gordon, altoist Arthur Blythe, flutist Hubert Laws and trumpeter Woody Shaw), The Trio of Doom (comprised of John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius and Tony Williams), Weather Report (performing "Teentown") and The Cuban Percussion Ensemble are all heard from. A version of "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" featuring both Getz and Dexter is a highpoint.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow