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 Alexs 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 Alexs 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 Alexs colleagues in Jazz Jamaica All Stars.
"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.