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Aventuras

Alex Wilson Audio CD
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Alex Wilson is one of the UK’s foremost keyboard players. He has travelled to fifty countries performing with artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Marc Anthony, Jocelyn Brown, Courtney Pine, Hugh Masakela & DJ Snowboy.

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  • Audio CD (20 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alex Wilson
  • ASIN: B0009S3HJE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Aguabajo 6:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hamattan 8:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Changes 4:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Currulao Cool 9:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Soldier 5:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Kalisz12:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Irisi 4:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cascara 5:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Solar 8:270.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Good Friends 6:440.69  Buy MP3 


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Following on from the critically acclaimed R&B Latino, Aventuras is the fourth solo album from one of the leading lights of the UK jazz scene, virtuoso pianist Alex Wilson. This latest recording project takes the listener on a series of adventures around the Americas and the Caribbean, fusing improvised jazz with the folkloric musings of Colombia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and, of course, Cuba – all driven by Alex’s incendiary piano playing.

On the album Alex uses his six-piece group, which comprises: Paul Jayasinha – of British/Sri Lankan origin, his versatile performance on trumpet, flugelhorn and hand percussion demonstrates his deep knowledge of the music of the African diaspora. Colombian percussionist Emeris Solis adds his Afro-Colombian tradition from the Choco area of the country, creating a unique sound in the latin jazz genre. Davide Giovannini from Trieste, Italy drives the whole album from the drum kit and is equally at home with timba as he is with mainstream jazz. Cuban born Rey Crespo nails down the low frequency end of the proceedings and reaffirms the Afro-Cuban roots of Alex’s musical style. Finally, anyone who has seen Alex live recently will have experienced the considerable artistry and power of vocalist Mary Pearce.

The tracks on Aventuras range from the percussively driven Currulao Cool and the solo piano led Irisi to the haunting tune Soldier (co-composed by Juliet Roberts) and the fierce burst of energy that is Kalisz (named after the Polish city where the band performed on tour). Miles Davis’ number Solar is interpreted in the Cuban classical style danzon and the tune Good Friends is a salute to the artistry of Alex’s colleagues in Jazz Jamaica All Stars.

Review

"Alex Wilson is dynamite … a superbly rhythmic player" -- John L Walters, The Guardian 24th June 2005

"Full of the driving grooves and gentle ballads with which Wilson helped inspire Britain's great love affair with Cuban jazz" -- The Independent, 'Album of the Week', 25/06/05

"This is a hot album...classy, contemporary Latin jazz - 'Aventuras' is as good as it gets." -- Straight No Chaser, August 2005.

One of the real catalysts of the UK jazz scene. -- The Guardian

an intoxicating polyglot infusion of jazz, Caibbean and Latin...expertly balancing heightened emotional intensity with molten, full-tilt improvisation. -- Record Collector, August 2005.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex's best yet 5 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is Alex's best album yet in my opinion. The piano is superb as usual and the music is a combination of lovely tunes as well as great rhythms that combine jazz and latin in a complex and compelling mix of ideas. A couple of vocal tracks by the excellent Mary Pearce add to the excitement. Well worth 11.99 - I recommend you buy this album!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb CD 7 July 2005
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this one on spec and am really glad I did. The musicianship is superb throughout, and the whole album really sizzles. There is nothing corny or stereotypical about the blend of Latin & Jazz styles. It is faithful to both genres without diluting either. I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Number one in my chart! 5 July 2005
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This is Alex's best album yet in my opinion. There is the usual superb piano playing, and the music includes great tunes as well as complex rhythms that combine latin and jazz effortlessly in an imaginative and compelling mix of ideas. A couple of vocal tracks sung by the excellent Mary Pearce add another layer of excitement. Well worth 11.99 - buy this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! 11 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Musicians top-notch - the percussion is particularly amazing. The groove is extraordinary in that it really does combine jazz with latin rhythms without compromise. Also the album has a "live" feel to it but with clarity on every instrument.
All except one tune is by Alex Wilson and many are very memorable. A full-length album which is a very worthwhile addition to any jazz or latin collection, and will reward repeated listening.
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