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Abram Wilson

Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1975, Abram Wilson was raised along with his four brothers and one sister in New Orleans, Louisiana. The eldest of six children, the entire family including mother, Doris Wilson, and father, Willie C Wilson Jr, had some experience in music. Abram's first inspiration and introduction to music was at the age of five when listening to his father play the guitar and to recordings which his father would play. Soon after being bought a snare drum for Christmas, Abram went on to play drums. At nine, Abram received his first trumpet and after being taught his first note by his mother, he immediately began learning songs from the radio and developing his own method of ear training. Starting with his first instructor, Lester Wright, Abram quickly became the most advanced in the class, surpassing many of the older students

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The Peter Edwards Trio: A Matter Of Instinct

Read "A Matter Of Instinct" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the second album by Trinity Laban graduate and 2014 MOBO Awards nominee Peter Edwards, his first being 2014's Safe And Sound. Edwards was a member of a group led by the late trumpeter Abram Wilson and is currently a member of vocalist Zara McFarlane's band. Opening with an infectious Latin beat, “Samba City" recalls ...

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The Weave: The Weave

Read "The Weave" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

From the perspective of an east of England jazz writer, it can seem like Manchester has the north east's jazz scene to itself, with Liverpool, its near neighbour, putting up little in the way of competition. It's not that Liverpool is un-musical--it is after all the home city of Gerry And The Pacemakers--but its impact on ...

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Dave Hamblett: Light At Night

Read "Light At Night" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Anyone wishing to explore the wealth of talent to be found among the UK jazz scene's up-and-coming musicians can cheerfully begin here. Light At Night, the debut from drummer Dave Hamblett, features six of the finest of these young players. The album is impressively consistent, with Hamblett's thoughtful compositions drawing some fine performances from the drummer ...

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Courtney Pine: House of Legends

Read "Courtney Pine: House of Legends" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though multi-reedist Courtney Pine has been playing soprano for almost 30 years, this is the first occasion he's recorded an entire album with the instrument. Following his bass clarinet adventures on the European roots album Europa (Destin-E, 2011) it's clear that the modern British jazz legend doesn't tire of setting himself new challenges. Taking as his ...

Behind the Lens With Gerry Walden

Read "Behind the Lens With Gerry Walden" reviewed by Gerry Walden

Meet Gerry Walden: I have been listening to jazz and trying to capture the essence of it in photographs since the late '60s. Based in southern England, where I was Born, I cover as many gigs and festivals as I can manage to get to and I now have a substantial library of jazz ...

Life Paintings

Label: Dune
Released: 2009
Track listing: From Dusk 'Til Dawn; Rainbows And Fantasies; Even Though You're Bad For Me; Obama; The Eyes Of Belladonna; Snake In The Grass; Chasing Mosquito Hawks; Kiss And Make Up; Rush Hour; Breaking Point.

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Abram Wilson: Life Paintings

Read "Life Paintings" reviewed by Chris May

Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas but brought up in New Orleans, where he studied at the Center for Creative Artists--alma mater of fellow trumpeters Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton--Abram Wilson relocated to London in 2002. In 2003 he signed to Dune Records, the recording and management home for a number of significant, London-based, black ...

Ride! Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta

Label: Dune
Released: 2007
Track listing: I Want More For Me Than This; The Albert Jenkins Story; Life Ain't So Bad; I Want It All; Looking To The Outside; Confrontation And Acceptance; Gonna Be Alright; Why You Guys Laughin'?; You Already Home; Blow To The Head Pt.1; Blow To The Head Pt.2; After The Storm.

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Abram Wilson: Ride! Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta

Read "Ride! Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta" reviewed by Chris May

An intact and heritage-conscious American abroad, the Arkansas-born, Louisiana-raised trumpeter Abram Wilson--based in London these past five years--made his debut as leader in 2004 with Jazz Warrior (Dune). The album attempted the difficult trick of addressing both jazz and hip hop, with unconvincing results, and this new set avers that it continues along a similar route. ...


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