When in Rome — Wanderlust

CD cover to come

(Rufus)

SIX pieces from an unplanned live recording during Wanderlust’s second visit, in 2004, to Villa Celimontana jazz festival make up this fifth album.
Guests Joseph Tawadros (oud) and former band member Adam Armstrong (acoustic bass) join leader/composer Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet, flugelhorn), James Greening (trombone, didgeridoo), Alister Spence (piano, keyboards) and Fabian Hevia (drums) in a selection from the repertoire of the past 15 years.
Apart from Spence’s Samba Nova, all are Bukovsky compositions that have featured on the band’s self-titled CD or on Song and Dance, albeit in much shorter forms.
Fortunately sound engineer Daniele Di Giovani pressed the record button. The oud and didgeridoo add significant atmosphere and, freed from studio constraints, the players produce inspired, compelling music.
Highlights are haunting Dakar, vivacious Bronte Cafe, the interplay of Pressure Makes Diamonds and gentle elegance of MDD.

DOWNLOAD: Bronte Cafe
FILE BETWEEN: The Catholics, Pete La Roca

Review by ROGER MITCHELL

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