Nominated for MOBO Award (Best Jazz Act 2005) and BBC Jazz Award (Best Band 2005).
Abram Wilson brings jazz back to the dancefloor with music to stir the soul, free the mind, and move the feet.
Playing a vibeful mix of jazz, hip hop, RnB and New Orleans grooves Abram is the hottest young trumpeter and vocalist to
cross the Atlantic indecades.
A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (responsible for producing artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr and Nicholas Payton) Abram is Dune Records‚ first non-British signing.
What the Critics are saying...
Vibrant, confident, and just damn exciting. Not only is Wilson a first class trumpeter,
he’s extremely accomplished at singing, rapping and scatting too.
The Independent (UK) (feature article)
Truly astonishing – and, what’s more, he can sing. He has managed to tick all the contemporary boxes (rap, R&B, soul, jazz vocal, funk, even bop), like a one-man MOBO Awards ceremony. For my money, Jazz Warrior is the album of the week. Make that album of the month.
The Guardian (UK) (feature article)
Abram Wilson... keeping jazz young and reaching out to a new audience. A trail of audiences wowed by his lyrical, yet turbo-charged solos. A powerful debut which combines all the eloquence you’d expect from a New Orleans trumpet player with a deep love of in-the-pocket swing, soul and hip hop.
Jazzwise (UK) (feature article)
(4 stars) A smart debut. Jazz Warrior’s energy and diversity should give it some commercial success, especially with younger listeners otherwise alienated by neo-classical bores. Being a trumpet player in New Orleansis like being a football player from Brazil, and Wilson certainly possesses
the vocab, flair and slickness you’d expect.
Jazzwise (UK) (album review)
It’s inconceivable that Wilson’s engaging debut won’t meet with success. This is crossover music of the highest order, nourished by jazz, hip hop, R&B and New Orleans (funk) roots.
Metro (UK) (album review)
(5 stars) An astonishingly accomplished debut. Not only does his melt-in the mouth horn stride comfortably over bop, soul,tango New Orleans-style and other genres in his excellent originals.but he can sing, scat and rap very well too. Sensational. My album of the year.
The Independent (UK) (feature article + album review)
A scintillating debut which elegantly reconciles modern acoustic jazz with hip hop, R&B and reggae.
BETJazz.com (USA) (feature article)
One of the most exciting trumpet players on the scene today. Wilson is an emerging talent with great potential. His vocal skills, along with great trumpet chops, thrust him into the new arena of jazz hopefuls. Jazz Warrior is a solid debut featuring a group of musicians who can play with the best of them.
Jazzreview.com (USA) (album review)
An impressive debut CD.
A splendid debut. Wilson plays trumpet in true Crescent City style. Spits out swaggering riffs, melodies, improvisations and modern grooves.
JazzTimes (USA) (feature article)
Abram Wilson defies the gnome of jazz complacency.
The Voice 88.7fm (USA) (album reviiew)
A fresh, lively talent.
Jazz At Ronnie Scott’s (UK) (feaeture article)
From the Big Easy, via the Big Apple, to the Big Smoke, Abram Wilson – the definitive Jazz Warrior – is going to be BIG!
A young musician whose desire to network jazz, funk and rap avoids the standard and largely fatuous attempts at “urban hip-bop”.
Echoes (UK) (feature article + album review)
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