Alex Wilson's Inglaterra is an avant-garde blend of salsa, R&B, soul, reggae, and bhangra-salsa into a release that will have you signing up for dance lessons.
Alex Wilson - Inglaterra
Inglaterra: La Vida Que Nos Meredemos, Show Me, Oh Kuri, Ain't Nobody, Pega' en Inglaterra, Subelo, Inglaterra, Nature Boy, Show me (remix)
Personnel (track number): Alex Wilson: Piano, Keyboards (all tracks), Programming (2,6,9); Alfonso de Jesus: Lead Vocals (1,7), Backing Vocals (1,2,7); Davide Giovannini: Timbales/Kit (1,2,3,5,7,8) Lead Vocals (1,2,8), Backing Vocals (1,2,3,5,7); Lauren Dalrymple: Lead Vocals (8); Osvaldo Chacon: Lead Vocals (5): Shahid Abbas Khan: Lead Vocals (3), MC Magic: Lead Vocals (6,9); Criolla: Lead Vocals (6); Mary Pearce: Lead Vocals ( 2,9); Aquilla Fearon: Lead Vocals (4); Joe de Jesus: Trombone (8), Backing Vocals (8); Jay Paul Jayasinho: Trumpet (1,2,4,5,6,7); Steve Dawson: Trumpet (1,2,7); Darren Wiles: Trumpet (4); Jesus Alemany: Trumpet (8); Trevor Miles: Trombone (1,2,3,4,6,7); Paul Booth: Saxophone (5,8); David Pattman: Timbales/Kit (4,6), Congas (6), Hand Percussion (all tracks); Emeris Solis: Congas (1,2,3,4,5,7); Thomas Dyani: Congas (8); Kuljit Bhama: Tabla (3); Rey Crespo: Bass (1,2,5,7); Javier Fioramonti: Bass (3,4); Neville Malcolm: Bass (8)
Inglaterra, produced, directed, and arranged by Alex Wilson, was released under the Alex Wilson Records label. Inglaterra is Alex Wilson's 5th solo release and his second under his own label. Born in Sierra Leone, currently living in the UK, and having performed in over 45 countries, he creates a fever whenever he plays his jazz, Latin, soul, and salsa music. In addition to being a prolific musician, Alex is an educator who has conducted music workshops and master classes to international audiences. I fist met Alex at Ronnie Scott's in London as we both were in the audience listening to the Yellowjackets.
Inglaterra features many different musical styles, which has become Alex's production and arrangement trademark. Along with the familiar Puerto Rican/Caribbean salsa, there is bhangra-salsa from India, R&B, reggae, and soul, which are combined into a release that was made for the dance floor. The opening track La Vida Que Nos Meredemos will awaken your feet with a blazing trumpet run and a powerful baseline accompanied by Alfonso de Jesus on lead vocals; this is a salsa track that will get any crowd moving. Show me allows the dance floor partners to catch their breath, though just a little, as Mary Pearce belts out a sensual "Show me just a little, can't help falling in love with you, the feeling is so brand new to me, show me" to an arrangement of salsa, R&B, and soul; you may be looking to towel off after this track, and some of that from the dancing. Drawing on different styles is found on the track Oh Kuri, where we are introduced to bhangra-salsa which is the fusion of bhangra dance music, made famous in the Bollywood movies of India, and salsa. The pace and tempo of these two distinct types of music is meshed nicely by Alex on piano accompanied by the horn section, Kuljit Bhama on Tablas, and the marked Indian vocals of Shahid Abbas Khan. The cover of Ain't Nobody, made famous by Chaka Khan, is cut with a layered salsa beat, and to complement this lively rendition there are the vocals of Aquilla Fearon, which is a nice balance to the ‘salsified' arrangement. The track Subelo brings together salsa with reggae forming another progressive genre collaboration that comes alive through Alex's arrangement. The title track Inglaterra has the full orchestra cutting a Cuban style sound that features Alfonso de Jesus on vocals. Every song is dance floor ready on Inglaterra, so make sure you clear the furniture to the side of your room when you spin this release; there is no stopping the fever that Alex Wilson creates.
Websites where you can procure Alex Wilson - Inglaterrta are Alex Wilson, Salsa Fever, CD Universe, Arts Guardian, and Amazon.
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