This CD celebrates the world’s crossroads cities, where immigrants and long-time residents mingle their musical traditions and new sounds emerge. Cumbia from Cali, danzón from Havana, mambo from New York, tsamikos from Athens, cocek from Skopje, salsa-merengue hybrids from the streets of San Francisco, are all expressed through the lens of contemporary jazz. In these times, we need to remember the importance of people of different cultures sharing their lives. Speaking of sharing, I continue to feel wonder at how collaborative music is. As we prepared this recording, each band member made critical contributions. It takes the combined efforts, the lifetime of experience, the imagination and the specific musical skills of an entire group to make a song come alive. I thank each of them whole-heartedly.