Our friends at London Salsa Scene tell us that one of our favourite musicians Alex Wilson has more shows coming up at Ronnie Scotts – here’s what they have to say:
“Somewhere between London and Havana, volcanic activity has triggered the emergence of a new tropical island – Salsa Con Soul.
Catch the eruption as Alex Wilson (right) and his 12 piece Salsa Con Soul Orchestra let rip with their latest high energy fusion at three concerts at the legendary Ronnie Scotts in London’s Soho, Thursday 3rd – Friday 4th September.
Salsa Con Soul is the latest destination on Alex Wilson’s circumnavigation of world rhythms and beats. The UK’s top Latin/jazz piano man/band leader and featured instrumentalists will deliver driving salsa dura, laced with deeply felt soul and gospel vocals, drenched in Latin flavas, beats and rhythms at three concerts (early and late concerts Friday 4th September – book the late one if you want to stay on).
This is an opportunity to hear some of the most authentic and tastiest salsa grooves you’ll hear anywhere in the world played live by the UK’s No1 salsa crew and some of the finest salsa musicians around. Alex Wilson will play tracks from his 6th and latest album Salsa Con Soul (2008), his first totally dedicated to a genre he has made his own, salsa with soul, cranked up with bone aching gospel vocals. Expect to hear too some of Wilson’s best known tunes – “Ain’t Nobody” & “Show Me” from his 5th album Inglaterra and “R&B Latino” from the eponymous album, with vocals from Aquilla Fearon, Niaomi Phillips & Elpidio Caicedo.
Wilson’s 5th album Inglaterra was his first to feature the fire water of Salsa Dura neat, with tracks like Show Me and Ain’t Nobody appearing on 10 compilation albums and burning up dance floors in salsa clubs across the UK. This was another ground-breaking album, featuring the first ever Brit-Reggaeton-Salsa track and the first fusion of Cuban rhythms with Bhangra beats. Wilson’s 3rd album – R&B Latino – created a cocktail of Cuban rhythms and R&B to blow away the cobwebs on the dance floor.
With Salsa Con Soul, Alex Wilson has continued his relentless assault, only this time the burning yin fires of soul and gospel infuse the muscular, urgent yang drive of Cuban timba and hard salsa, creating a sensual, romantic vibe made for Ronnie’s crepuscular hallows.”
Ronnie Scott’s: 020 7439 0747 or visit: http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/ and http://www.alexwilson.net/ and www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/detail/592/alex-wilson-salsa-orchestra/
Salsa Con Soul Orchestra line-up: Alex Wilson – Keyboards – (Courtney Pine, Jazz Jamaica); Aquilla Fearon – Vocals; Naomi Phillips – Vocals; Elpidio Caicedo – Vocals; Steve Dawson – Trumpet; Annette Brown – Trumpet; Trevor Mires – Trombone; Alistair White – Trombone; Javier Fioramonti – Bass; Emeris Solis – Congas; Dave Pattman – Timbales; Will Fry – Bongos