Mark McKnight’s ‘Do or Die’ Launches Today!

Hey Everyone….. Great news, it’s official! Mark McKnight’s latest album, ‘Do or Die’ is NOW available in UK/Irish Stores and online in vendors and digital outlets worldwide! The album has been getting great attention and his band is on fire– pick up a copy of the album today and enjoy!

Get out and see Mark McKnights touring band before it’s too late! + Great Reviews for ‘Do or Die’

Mark McKnight’s touring group featuring Seamus Blake is currently on a extensive tour (dates in the events section), and this live review confirms that if they are in your area, and you are into great live music, you should definitely get out and see them!   Here’s a great live review of them live in Cardiff CLICK HERE— and they’ve been getting similar reactions across the country (from the same site here’s the actual album review click HERE)… Bands like these aren’t touring too much on these shores, so get out and see them when they do… 🙂

Also, reprinted below is a great review from the Guardians’ John Fordham:

The Guardian, Thursday 22 September 2011:

Young Irish guitarist Mark McKnight doesn’t just content himself with the same old jazz and blues licks associated with the classic guitar and Hammond organ setup of the 1960s, he plays a lot less heatedly – imagine Hammond soul played by the West Coast Cool School. Much of Do or Die is stealthy and quiet, right from the opening episodes in which James Maddren‘s rimshots tick behind guitar chords and impressionistic organ sounds before saxophonist Seamus Blake’s bleak tenor tone introduces the theme. On the standard Bewitched, Ross Stanley’s organ sounds as if it’s ushering in a sombre church congregation and Blake is in Wayne Shorter mode. Only the churning Tease really snaps the band out of a low-lights mood. But it’s all superbly played, unexpectedly original, and definitely grows on you.

Mark McKnight on Tour, Lighting up the UK with reviews for ‘Do or Die’

Guitarist Mark McKnight is currently on a British Isles tour in support of his first WWR album ‘Do or Die’  The press campaign is underway and great news is coming back to us.  There’s been a lot recently.  On the 21 of this month, tracks from his album will be available to you Scottish BBC listeners on The Jazz House BBC Radio Scotland, an Interview with Helen Mayhew took place on Sept 18th on Jazz FM (worth a listen go to their site HERE), Marks’ tour dates have gotten critics pick in both the Financial Times and Telegraph for the week of the 19th Sept for ‘must see’ live music, and a nice preview from the Yorkshire Post HERE, a great album review from Newcastle Based website ‘Bebop Spoken Here’ HERE, another strong review from Midlands based ‘Jazz Breakfast’ website HERE, and finally, a super review of the album from London Jazz site which also gives a great shoutout to the sound quality of the album, a key goal of all WWR releases click HERE!  A busy time for Mark offline and online! Enjoy the music everyone, go see this band (also featuring Seamus Blake!) as they only tour a couple of times a year……

4 Star Guardian Review for Alex Garnett’s ‘Serpent’

A rave review from one of the leading UK jazz critics, John Fordham, has appeared in the Guardian for Alex’ Garnett’s debut album ‘Serpent’  Known for rarely giving ‘straight ahead jazz’ albums more than a 3 star rating, Fordham has given Alex Garnett’s album ‘Serpent’  a 4 star rating and a great review to go with it, which is excellent news (not that we don’t think it much deserves it!! :-)).  It’s great to read that Fordham agrees there’s something special about Alex’s playing that sets him apart from the sea of records that come out in his particular style of jazz, that being ‘contemporary straight ahead’.   Here’s the article below:

From the Guardian, SEPT 15, by John Fordham:

Like the late Michael Brecker in the US, British saxophonist Alex Garnett has spent a couple of decades helping other people’s music to sound good (he’s worked with everybody from the Stones to Humphrey Lyttelton) before stepping into the limelight himself. This New York-recorded session of original pieces with a terrific transatlantic quartet not only reflects his vast experience, but reveals a compositional sharpness that makes this new solo career look like a long-term one. The idiom is superficially very familiar – tightly swinging updated hard bop, and soulful tenor-sax balladeering. But Garnett’s combination of a brusque, hard-punched sound has a rare conviction – suggesting early Coltrane, the work of such elegant long-gone hard-boppers as Ronnie Scott and 60s Blue Note sideman Hank Mobley. The themes of uptempo pieces such as the opening Lydia and the Tubby Hayes-like Blueprint are full of exhilarating melodic turns, and smokey ballads such as the languid Three for a Moor and Dracula’s Lullaby take Garnett, pianist Anthony Wonsey and bassist Michael Janisch on constantly absorbing trips. It’s an unexpected gem.

Phil Robson’s ‘Immeasurable Code’ makes Guardian List

The press is starting to come in for Phil Robson’s new album ‘The Immeasurable Code’ and has just been cited by the Guardian as something they ‘just can’t turn off’  Click HERE

More 4 Star Reviews for Alex Garnett and Serpent

We might as well make a continuous feed for Alex with all the great press he’s getting.  Here’s a great LIVE review from his recent mini tour by Ian Mann Click HERE, as well as an amazing review by Chris Parker at London Jazz on the album click HERE.

Another 4 Star Review for Alex Garnett’s ‘Serpent’ from Jazz Mann

Great reviews keep coming in for the debut of Alex Garnett, ‘Serpent’ which has been received in the UK with huge acclaim.  Here is a link to a very in depth review from JazzMann.  Click HERE


Alex Garnett’s Released Worldwide TODAY!! & ‘Serpent’ CD of the Month for Sept, ’11

Alex Garnett’s Debut Album ‘Serpent’ officially Launces today in Stores Across the UK, and on Amazon, Itunes, and all digital retailers worldwide. The popular Radio Show, UK Jazz Radio, has made ‘Serpent’ CD of the month for Sept ’11 CLICK HERE. Enjoy!

Mark McKnight gets great review in All About Jazz

Northern Irish guitarist Mark McKnight’s press campaign is underway for his new album Do or Die, and here’s the first from All About Jazz.

Alex Garnett 4 Star Review in Financial Times

Click HERE for a link to read a short but sweet, glowing 4 star review of Alex Garnett’s ‘Serpent’ by Mike Hobart of the Financial Times.