June 01, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Can music be wild and racy and pulsating and carry an undertow of the sweetest melancholy at the same time? The 12 disparate ensembles that make up this delectable performance film are herded under the catchall umbrella ”Latin jazz,” but the range of what we hear is extraordinary. The director, Fernando Trueba, films each star (Eliane Elías, Michel Camilo, Tito Puente, and others) performing against a different color-coordinated backdrop, and though the film could have used more history, the numbers add up to a triumph of ecstatic mood swinging.

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