Inglaterra is a fresh, contemporary, cutting-edge salsa album from top UK salsa and jazz pianist – Alex Wilson. Alex’s fifth album release features his twelve piece Power Latin band, with nine slamming salsa tracks, ranging from hard-core Puerto Rican salsa to salsa-reggaeton crossover, cutting edge salsa-soul, and an Asian music collaboration. He has also recently recorded on Toumani Diabate’s Boulevard de l’Inpedendence, and now brings us his latest musical offering featuring Kuljit Bhamra, Shahid Abbas Khan, AQuilla Fearon, Mary Pearce, Alfonso de Jesus, Shanti Paul Jayasinha, Davide Giovannini, Trevor Mires, Emeris Solis and Dave Pattman.
The 80’s hit “There Must Be An Angel” (penned by Annie Lennox & David A. Stewart) has been deliciously arranged by Alex Wilson into a Soulful Latin version full of Caribbean flavour and laced with Gospel. Driven by Nolita’s power vocals and personality. Nolita Golding carries the soul of those pioneers and her unmistakable style proves it. In her constant search for excellence, Nolita completed this new single at Wincraft Music Studios, owned by Steve Winwood. The production was masterminded by award-winning producer Alex Wilson and features special guest and Latin Grammy-nominated Tony Succar on timbales. In addition, Venezuelan percussion master Edwin Sanz and Cuban rock guitar powerhouse Dany Labana have added their magic … This band is simply smoking!
Rod & Gab songs rearranged and rerecorded with a 13-piece Cuban band. The album is called ‘Area 52’ because they felt like Mulder & Scully while recording it (experimenting, new frontiers, etc). ‘Area 52’ is their first recorded collaboration with another group of musicians; a thirteen piece Cuban orchestra composed of some of Havana’s finest young players, collectively known as C.U.B.A. On ‘Area 52’ Rodrigo y Gabriela revisit nine of their compositions and reinterpret them in a new and dramatic fashion; this is Rodrigo y Gabriela as they have never been heard before. Guests on the album include Anoushka Shankar on sitar, rock drummer John Tempesta (The Cult, White Zombie, Testament) on two tracks, jazz bass player Carles Benavent (Miles Davis, Paco De Lucia, Chick Corea) on two tracks, Palestinian group Le Trio Joubran and Samuel Formell Alfonso from Los Van Van.
Following a sell-out world tour accompanying Rodrigo y Gabriela, percussionist Edwin Sanz has created San Augustin, a homage to one of the most lively, vibrant barrios in Caracas. From the screaming latin-rock guitar of Dany Labana to the intense salsa timbales of Luis Quintero and soul tones of Naomi Phillips salsa cover of Des ree s You Gotta Be, this vocal salsa album lives and breathes expressive latin fire with guaranteed dance floor fillers. Produced in collaboration with award-winning pianist, Alex Wilson, one of Europe s leading latin musicians.
Mimicry is an art form mastered by many, but what Gwyn Jay Allen does in his personification of the late Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong exceeds any definition of the art form. Gwyn’s obsession with the great Jazz supremo came about from an early age. Years later when Gwyn had the chance to appear as his hero in the hit TV programme ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ the audience was blown away by the likeness of his persona and voice so much that if you closed your eyes you would think you were listening to Satchmo himself. The appetite of his growing fanbase gave him the reason he needed to pen a musical about the life of Louis, from which this album was born. Gwyn’s interpretation of traditional jazz and modern fusion will leave the listener wanting much, much more.