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  • Audio CD (15 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alex Wilson
  • ASIN: B00BE9W16C
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A combination of live and studio recordings, this is award winning pianist Alex Wilson's ninth album, but his first for acoustic piano trio. It is thus a new departure, but is also a thought-through amalgamation of the wide range of experiences gathered and remembered from two decades touring the world, working as a professional musician at the highest level. Brimful of energy and ideas, this album is a strong statement about the breadth and interconnections of Alex Wilson's musical heritage and of his virtuosity and musicianship, particularly the equatorial currents linking West African music with the music of the Caribbean and Latin America. Alex Wilson (piano); Davide Mantovani (bass); Frank Tontoh & Tristan Banks (drums).


Alex Wilson's first trio album delivers a great collection of original contemporary acoustic jazz with a Latin tinge and has given him the space to really cut loose as a soloist. --Lubi Jovanovich

Alex Wilson has produced a piano trio with a difference. The sound is unlike any that I have heard before connecting strands of music that go way back to Africa right up to modern day popular western music with an abundance of jazz in between. This innovatory sound makes this a must have item for 2013. A piano trio album that is unique, brilliant and embraces all the good things about jazz. If you love ( jazz ) music you must have this record in your collection. Real talk. --Courtney Pine

This is the ninth album from British composer/arranger/pianist Alex Wilson but only his first trio set - and it's an absolute delight. Wilson has made a reputation for himself blending influences from West African, Caribbean and Latin American music in the context of large-scale performing forces; here we get served all of those musical cross-currents but mixed together and reduced to their barebones essence thanks to the extraordinary telepathic interplay of Wilson and his rhythm section - **** --Robert Shore, Jazzwise, May 2013

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Zurich-based pianist Alex Wilson has waited until his ninth album to release a purely acoustic trio set - a combination of studio and live recordings. This is jazz... but infused deeply with Wilson's broad experience of so many world music strands, creating a lively and distinctive sound palette - Caribbean, Latin and West African flavours clearly inhabit this varied selection of interpretations and new compositions. Alex Wilson is joined by the always-entertaining Davide Mantovani on bass, whilst drum credits are shared between Frank Tontoh and Tristan Banks (both well-versed in the complexities of world music rhythms).

The selection of these nine extended titles is fascinating, and certainly eclectic. Steve Winwood's `Fly' and Sting's `We work the black seam together' are transformed from their rock origins - a Winwood rumba (he would approve!), and a marvellously driving - almost electric - bass in the latter. Wilson's writing here states or implies the familiar melodies, and then takes them in unlikely, and refreshing, improvised new directions.

Miles Davis and Cole Porter are also given a new outlook. The initially understated and delicate `Solar' builds gradually into an exciting Cuban celebration, conga effect to the fore, held in check only briefly by Mantovani's accomplished bass solo. `What is this thing called love?', another live recording, really swings to Banks' fine drumming; terrific soloing all round.

But it is possibly in the originals by Alex Wilson, Davide Mantovani and Frank Tontoh that the trio shines brightest. Wilson's piano technique is, frequently, breathtaking - the sheer rapidity of his runs perhaps comparable to those of Oscar Peterson, but sounding highly original in this jazz/world fusion setting.
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