A pair of 5 Star Reviews for Drummer Jeff Williams…

The buzz about Jeff Williams’ new album ‘Another Time’ continues to grow.  He has recently received a glowing 5 Star review from The Birmingham Times (Alabama) and two of Switzerland’s major news periodicals, “Aargauer Zeitung” and “Mittelland Zeitung.   See his album page in the STORE/CD section for more info.  Go Jeff!


New York Times Previews Jeff Williiam’s Cornelius Street Cafe Album Launch Tonight, Oct 29

Jeff William’s is officially releasing his album ‘Another Time’ publicly in NYC at the Cornelius Street Cafe, tonight!  Here’s a preview from Nate Chinen of the New York Times: 

Jeff Williams Quartet (Saturday) On his rewarding new album, “Another Time” (Whirlwind), the drummer Jeff Williams explores a batch of his own compositions with a smart postbop contingent, notably the alto saxophonist John O’Gallagher and the trumpeter Duane Eubanks, who rejoin him here, in a group with Joe Martin on bass. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
And while we’re at it– here’s a link to a hot off the press 4 star review from Ian Mann’s ‘Jazz Mann’ website.  Click HERE.

NOV 6th concert by Michael Janisch at JJ Smyth’s in Dublin, Ireland cancelled

Bad news folks, Michael Janisch’s show featuring Greg Osby at JJ Smyth’s in Dublin Ireland has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances which cannot be resolved. For those of you who would like to see the band, they will be appearing on 30th of Oct at the Cork International Jazz Festival.  We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

New Whirlwind Player!!

Just a little news update on a new development here on the WWR website– after a few great comments/requests we received from some of the fans who have bought music here, we’ve decided to make a player that lets the listener know ‘who’ is playing, with the track name and album it is on.  Before, we just had a basic player with no indication of what was playing.  At the top of the screen, you can see in the new player it tells you the name of the song, the artist, and the album it is on, and around 1 minute of music from that track.  Each of our releases are currently being played now on the player, so you can hear a long preview of all the albums on the label, and can scroll through it as well and pause, etc.  Thanks to those who recommended we get this on the site, it was a great idea and we’re pretty happy about the new player.  We’re devoted to bringing the listener the best in creative music, and that involves a great experience on this website, so if there are any suggestions that anyone has, please let us know and if it’s a good one, we’ll get it up on the  site.  There are lots of big developments taking place behind the scenes right now as we speak for the website to broaden its capabilities greatly. These will all be implemented in the next year…..  Many thanks, and enjoy your time here!

Phil Robson with featured article in JazzWise, NOV ’11 Edition + 4 star review

Guitarist extraordinaire Phil Robson appears in this months (NOV ’11) JazzWise edition with a featured article about his highly anticipated upcoming release on WWR, ‘The Immeasurable Code’ which launches on NOV 7 (featuring the one and only Mark Turner on both tenor and soprano saxophone).  The article covers a wide range of topics from the jazz world, all eloquently articulated by Robson, with a lot insight into where he’s at as a musician and how his life long goal of focusing on ‘melody’ is becoming more and more obvious in his music. (You can see this band perform live for the official launch party at the Purcell Room during the London Jazz Festival but hurry, it’s almost sold out! See Events for more details.)  Finally, Robson also got a 4 star, great review, in the same issue.  Click HERE to visit JazzWise’s website.

Whirlwind Boss Michael Janisch hits the road with a new all star band featuring Greg Osby!

Founder of Whirlwind Recordings Ltd and international recording artist/bassist extraordinaire Michael Janisch is about to embark on a major European tour with a new project with Cuban Pianist Aruan Ortiz featuring the iconic Greg Osby as a very special featured guest.  The tour also features on select dates Raynald Colom on trumpet, and drumming throughout is first call NYC based drummer Rudy Royston.  The tour starts with a headlining berth at the very popular Cork International Jazz Festival, followed by dates in France, Spain, and the UK. Check the events section for more, or visit Janisch’s website  www.michaeljanisch.com    Janisch will be showcasing music from his debut album ‘Purpose Built’ as well as new compositions alongside Ortiz’s and Osby’s.  Don’t miss this group!




As part of the London Jazz Festival, Janisch will present the band for his creative residency that has been ongoing since Sept 2009.  Here is some information on that:


November 11 2011: Michael Janisch/Aruan Ortiz Group featuring Greg Osby, Alto Sax: LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL


To kick off the London Jazz Festival in style, the Pizza Express welcomes a rare concert by a group of world class musicians featuring a very rare appearance in London by the iconic saxophonist, composer and bandleader Greg Osby in a special two house concert, one at 7:30pm and one at 10:30 each for 90 minutes, and on the 11th of NOV, 2011.

The Michael Janisch and Aruan Ortiz Group is a new international musical collaboration of the highest order. Both leaders have performed at the forefront of contemporary jazz with some of the world’s greatest artists, such as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Wayne Rooney, and Terry Lyne Carrington, and have done so since their formative years studying together at the Berklee College of Music. For their new group to tour extensively around mainland europe in OCT/NOV ’11, they have assembled one of the most star studded casts of recent years, calling on one of the jazz world’s most prominent and pioneering artists, saxophonist Greg Osby, as well as first call NYC resident drummer Rudy Royston to perform their collective critically acclaimed original music. Their sonic artistry spans the breadth of contemporary improvised sounds while drawing firmly and authentically from jazz’s rich tradition. Nothing short of instrumental virtuosity and ever-searching, joyous music as modern as the minute should be expected by these young masters.

Aruan Ortiz was born and raised in Santiago de Cuba and was trained in classical piano and viola in Cuba, and in Spain under pianist and educator Cecilio Tieles. His classical studies marked his predilection for twentieth century composers like Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, Arnold Schoenberg, Gustav Mahler, and Paul Hindemith. In 2002, he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and soon after started to explore new approaches to Cuban and Latin American music mixed with avant-garde jazz, which lead him to record “Aruan Ortiz Trio, Vol.1” in 2003 (Ayva Musica), an album that he composed, arranged and produced. The following year he was offered a position as Assistant Professor of Afro-Cuban jazz ensembles at Berklee College of Music. His work as a performer also developed during this period, touring with his projects and playing as a sideman with such distinguished jazz performers as Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Cindy Blackman among others. Critics also noticed Aruan’s work, and his recordings “Aruan Ortiz Trio, Vol. 1” and “Alameda” have been featured in major international jazz magazines such as Downbeat, Jazziz, JazzTimes, Jazz Podium (Germany), Jazz Hot (France), Jazz Life (Japan), with excellent reviews. Some examples “Jazz fans applaud, and novices mark your calendars. Aruan Ortiz, critically acclaimed Cuban pianist is a “must see” (New York Post); “Original music that revealed an impressive approach to improvising and composing… giving positive meaning to the term intelligent design” (All About Jazz, New York, April 2006). Aruan can be heard as a sideman in several recordings: “Junjo” by Esperanza Spalding, “If Only for One Night” by Wallace Roney, “Earchitecture” by Jure Pukl, “Solo Corazon” by Mark Weinstein, “Evocaci�n” by Raynald Colom (Recording of the year in Spain, 2010), “Path to Sullivan Square” (featuring Terri Lyne Carrington and Wayne Krantz) by Russell Kirk, among many others. Currently he has a busy schedule teaching and leading and producing several projects like the Nawe Project, a electronic Afro-Cuban jazz-funk project, and the Aruan Ortiz Quartet, an eclectic contemporary jazz group. He also tours and performs with the Wallace Roney Quintet and with Terry Lyne Carrington.

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances. Born and reared in St. Louis, Greg Osby began his professional music career in 1975, after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. Coming from a vibrant and musical city, Osby showed an early interest in the performing arts and spent his years in secondary school with a heavy involvement in Blues and Jazz groups. In 1978 Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) where he majored in Jazz Studies. He continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) from 1980 to 1983. Upon relocating to New York in early 1983, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard as well as with many ethnic and new music ensembles in the New York area. In 1985 Osby was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette’s innovative group, “Special Edition”. It was as a member of this ensemble Osby was able to fine tune the more challenging aspects of his conception in an open ended, no holds barred musical situation. Says Osby, “My musical thinking for performance and composition advanced by light years as Jack was open to my input and was very encouraging in pushing me to to maintain a steady flow of experimentation. It marked a major turning point in my development as an artist.” In 1987, Osby signed his first recording deal with a new German label , JMT (Jazz Music Today). With this situation, he felt that he was finally able to document life as he saw it through music. He had free creative reign to do whatever he liked. He recorded four CD titles for that label. Osby signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recorded fifteen outstanding recordings for that label as a leader. In 2008, Osby launched his own label, “Inner Circle Music”, which serves as a platform for many of today’s brightest artists. From the pulse of the streets and the language of a generation, Osby has sketched numerous musical essays set to a contemporary score using the improvisational nature of Jazz as the connecting thread.

Rudy Royston: Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Royston has been a professional teacher, drummer and percussionist for almost twenty years. He studied classical percussion at University of Denver where earned undergraduate degrees in Music and English; Rudy accomplished teacher certification credentials from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Rudy grew up playing drums in church, and found his voice under the auspices of Colorado’s celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles, whom Royston deems his greatest influence, and with whom Rudy has played since 1991. He has taught, recorded and performed all styles of music from Jazz to marching percussion. Since moving to Piscataway, New Jersey in 2006, Mr. Royston has completed a Masters in Music degree from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and performed with many of today’s finest Jazz musicians. Javon Jackson, Bill Frisell, Les McCann, David Gilmore, Andy Milne, Shane Endsley, JD Allen, Sean Jones, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Edward Simone, Jennifer Holiday, Mark Gross, Ralph Bowen, Bruce Barth, George Colligan, Don Byron, Stanley Cowell, Jonathan Kreisberg, Jenny Scheinmenn and Craig Handy, to name a few. A lover of all genres of music, Rudy continues to pursue music and expand his music horizons.

FIRST SHOW/HOUSE: Admission 20 pounds (15 for students/musicians), Doors 6 pm | show starts at 7:30 pm | 90 minute set | Click HERE for Bookings.

SECOND SHOW/HOUSE: Admission 20 pounds (15 for students/musicians), Doors 10:00 pm | show starts at 10:30 pm | 90 minute set | Click HERE for Bookings.


‘Partikel’ now on nationwide UK tour and ‘Cohesion’ Advance Copies now available on this site!

UK based contemporary Sax trio ‘Partikel’ has now officially hit the road for a big nationwide UK tour of over a dozen performances in support of the release of their 2nd album ‘Cohesion’ and first release for WWR (see all their dates in the ‘events’ section of this website).   Partikel has been making big waves on the UK scene as being a welcomed fresh addition of young musicians who derive a lot of their inspiration from many of the trends in contemporary jazz with a strong focus on the NYC jazz scene and a original mix with world sounds and rhythms.  On Cohesion, the band exhibits great musical control mixing heart and mind in their music, and performed with a maturity that is rarely heard for a band of musicians mostly in their mid twenties…..

Also– ‘Cohesion’ is NOW AVAILABLE on this site exclusively in the form of Advance Copies.  Please visit their page in the Store/CD section and get a copy today to find out why everyone is buzzing about this new band.  And it must be noted that the sound quality of this album — mixed and mastered by our very very own Tyler McDiarmid (a NYC based musician/sound engineer/mixing & mastering engineer and along time collaborator of Michael Janisch) who is responsible for what is already being described in the press as the ‘Whirlwind Recordings Sound’ — is of pristine crystal clear quality, and really defines our high expectations of having above industry standard sound quality from all our releases here at WWR.  It’s really a beautiful record all around.  Go so this band live as well, you won’t be disappointed!

Pair of CD launch Dates coming up for Jeff Williams’ ‘Another Time on both sides of Atlantic!

Jeff Williams’ will be holding two live launch dates for his album ‘Another Time’ which just launched on WWR.  Here’s the details:

29/10/11 Jeff Willliams Quartet with Duane Eubanks, John O’Gallagher, Joe Martin,
Cornelia Street Cafe http://corneliastreetcafe.com New York, NY USA, Another Time USA CD Launch

18/11/11 Jeff Williams UK Quartet with Josh Arcoleo, Phil Robson, Sam Lasserson, The Green Note http://greennote.co.uk London, UK, London Jazz Festival at the Green Note, Another Time UK CD Launch

Jeff Williams’ ‘Another Time’ Launches Worldwide Today!

The next album in iconic jazz drummer Jeff William’s career is now officially launched in stores across the USA, UK, and online in every possible format worldwide.  The album is now available for purchase here on WWR’s site.  The album features 4 of NYC’s top improvisers performing at the top of their creative game in a harmony-less quartet which critics on both side of the Atlantic have been praising already with amazing reviews.

A trio of great reviews for Jeff Williams’ ‘Another Time’

Here’s links to three recent reviews of Jeff William’s latest WWR release, ‘Another Time’ including a 4 Star Review by the Guardians’ John Fordham. Click on the following: Bebop Spoken Here Review; The Guardian Review; London Jazz Review.