Havana Meets Kingston Various artists ABC/Universal Havana Meets Kingston brings together the contrasting music styles of Cuba and Jamaica. Son, salsa and rumba are integrated and juxtaposed to varying degrees with reggae, dancehall and dub in what is a significant logistical and musical achievement for Aussie producer Jake “Mista” Savona. Jamaica’s revered “riddim” section, drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, assisted by percussionists Changuito (Cuba) and Bongo Herman (Jamaica), provide continuity as singers from both countries share the spotlight. Brass players from the Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cuban All Stars add cred to Savona’s magnum opus. Opening with Compay Segundo’s Buena Vista anthem ChanChan, however, invites unflattering comparison with that collective’s high-selling 1997 album. Those charmed by the easygoing, old-school ambience of the original may find the upfront beats, reggae horn pushes and throbbing Jamaican bass line in this updated rendition a tad too intrusive. In a dancehall-injected reading of El Cuarto de Tula, robust rapping is offset by the Latin-jazz brilliance of pianist Rolando Luna. A revamped version of Candela features the alternating Spanish and Jamaican patois of singers Francisco “Solis” Robert and BritishJamaican Randy Valentine. Bob Marley’s Positive Vibration is rendered in classic roots reggae mode. The distinctive phrasing and tonality of the great Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin inhabits an original instrumental, 410 San Miguel.