When in Rome / Wanderlust.
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||Samba nova for small jazz ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Villa Celimontana, Rome, on 3 Jul 04.
|Alister Spence||Miroslav Bukovsky, James Greening, Alister Spence, Adam Armstrong, Fabian Hevia, Joseph Tawadros||8 mins, 36 sec.|
Also includes: Dakar ; Bronte Café ; Delicatessence ; Pressure Makes Diamonds ; MDD / Miroslav Bukovsky.
This new Wanderlust disc When in Rome, Wanderlust's first live CD, presents a performance at the famous jazz festival at Villa Celimontana. Staged near the Colosseum in the gardens of one of the great Roman villas, the event has run through the summer months for more than 15 years, and features bands from all over the world. This was their second visit to the Villa and the recording captures the wonderful atmosphere and connection between band and audience. They bring their own musical ideas and personalities to an increasingly diverse scene that mixes elements of post bop, free jazz, Latin, African, funk, Electronica, and their own musical heritage (Bukovsky came from Czechoslovakia, Fabian Hevia [drums] from Chile). As a result, the band is influenced by folk music from many parts of the world, but without imitating those influences. On this occasion they were joined by former bass player Adam Armstrong, for some years now resident in NYC. The disc also includes a guest performance by a remarkable oud player, Joseph Tawadros. These pieces from two 60 minutes sets are a cross-section from Wanderlust's repertoire of the last 15 years, while favouring the more textural, ambient sounds. The playing is freer and more exuberant compared to some of the studio discs, so, even though the sound quality may not be 100 percent HI FI at times, it's a very good account of Wanderlust in full flight.
Duration: 73 min.
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