JazzWise bigs up Partikel big time……..

Many across the UK are buzzing about a band, and their name is Partikel. Here’s what JazzWise has to say………….

For the JazzWise article on their website, click HERE
It’s been a busy year for London-based sax-bass-drums trio Partikel with numerous festival and club appearances and a burgeoning reputation as one of the hottest young bands on the UK jazz scene. Led by tenor saxophonist Duncan Eagles (pictured) and featuring bassist Max Luthert and drummer Eric Ford, Partikel create a surprisingly melodic sound that melds edgy New York style dynamism with multiple African, Latin and rock undercurrents that fuel heady group improvisation and Eagles’ snaking solos. Having established themselves through a long running Monday night residency at the Hideaway club in Streatham, south London, the trio have stormed the likes of Cheltenham, Vancouver and Brecon jazz festivals, particularly at the latter where their dynamic and resourceful set proved their chord-less formation in no way limits the music they explore.

Saxophonist Eagles (who is also a fine soprano sax player) has studied with a whole range of top UK-based saxophonists such as Jean Toussaint and Mark Lockheart during his time at Trinity College of Music. He’s since gone on to play with a wide range of top jazz names that include Shabaka Hutchings, Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Orchestra, soul jazz singer Ola Onabule’s international touring band as well as the likes of Gary Husband, John Etheridge, Janek Gwizdala and Kit Downes among many others. Bassist Luthert is equally in-demand performing regularly in the Ronnie Scott’s house band, Andy Davis Quartet, Peter Edwards trio and with significant players on the scene such as Dave O’Higgins, Alex Hutton and Martin Shaw. Drummer Eric Ford originally hails from Liverpool but relocated to Paris after a spell travelling the world playing on a cruise ship. Since settling in London he has pursued various fusion, jazz-rock and world music projects that have seen him work with the likes of Tim Whitehead and Jim Mullen.

Following up to their well-received self-titled 2010 debut album, Cohesion is scheduled for a January 2012 release on Whirlwind Recordings and features 12 new tunes that further explore their potent blend of catchy, hook-laden tunes and punchy MBASE-style grooves. Ford’s skills as a percussionist also help create enticing textural atmospherics while Luthert’s deep bass grooves and clever chords more than compensate for the absence of a piano or guitar in the mix.

The band complete their current UK-wide tour this month but have already lined up a series of dates to support the release of the album. All forthcoming tour dates are as follows: Jazz Club, Guildford (Sunday 27 November); RAFA Club, Kent (30 Nov); Jazz At Lescar, Sheffield (1 February 2012); Jazz Club, Bradford (3 Feb); 606 Club, London (15 Feb); Jazz Club, Teignmouth (23 Feb); The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock (3 March); and Kings Place, London (14 April).

Jeff Williams live review from London jazz Festival

Here’s a great review of Jeff Williams’ CD Launch party at the Green Note for this album ‘Another Time’ at the London jazz Festival. Click HERE

Patrick Cornelius review by Thomson Kneeland

A fantastic (belated to the initial press campaign) review has come in for Patrick Cornelius’ ‘Fierce’ album by the great bassist from NYC, Thomson Kneeland on his new blog site, who among other things really notices the quality of the sound of ‘Fierce.’  Aside from the amazing writing and playing by all on board on this record, the album exhibits one of the best sounds of literally any jazz record you’ll come across in the last 10 years (or maybe even more)!  That’s a strong statement, we know, but… it’s true :-). It really stands out.  Check it out to hear for yourself.  Our in-house sound engineer/mixer/mastering extraordinaire Tyler McDiarmid (who mixes and masters each release at WWR)  has not only developed a ‘Whirlwind Recordings’ sound, but is literally raising the bar of the sound quality of jazz recordings, something that we believe is of the utmost importance here at Whirlwind.  The article is reprinted below, and you can find Thomson’s new blog at: audiblearchitect.wordpress.com/

I’ve known and played with alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius for years now, and expected that his albums would be high quality, swinging jazz.  But finally acquiring his 2010 release Fierce, what really caught my ear beyond the top shelf playing was the fact that Patrick put together a stellar sounding recording that highlights the musicians on the album.  If you want to make a good sounding recording, the sound starts with the players and the instruments, and that’s a given with a lineup of Johnathan Blake on drums, Nick Vayenas on trombone, Mark Small on tenor, and Michael Janisch on bass  (the unknown for me with a deep, rich full bass tone, strong attack, and solid quarter note rooting the music). If you want to capture the essence of a band’s sound and dynamic, you need a good recording with good microphones, a good room, and a solid engineer and leader/producer at the helm. And then you need to write material that highlights the band, which is exactly what Fierce does. The sound of this album is superb, something I think every jazz musician should take note of and follow suit with!  Patrick recorded this album at Bennett Studios which sadly enough closed this fall, falling victim to a failing economy, high overhead, and the death of the recording industry and declining recording rates. But by no means do I mean to overlook the music, which is most important.  This is great writing and playing; a few odd meters (The Incident, New Blues) serve as vehicles of exploration and colors rather than esoteric intellectual exercises. The group is also chordless, which I find texturally appealing as a welcome change from most releases and allowing for the transparency of horn counterpoint and harmonies.  Patrick just released a follow up album Maybe Steps, and the CD release party is this Wednesday November 16th at the Jazz Gallery at 9pm. Check it out!  www.patrickcornelius.com

Jeff Williams interview in Jazz Times

Here’s a link to an interview by drumming ace Jeff Williams in Jazz Times that just hit click HERE. Topics include his latest album ‘Another Time’ and the current state of jazz…………………………………..

On the horizon– Albums to be released by WWR in 2012

We’ve been extremely busy and excited here at Whirlwind Recordings Ltd. and here’s a list of some confirmed new music we will be putting out sometime in 2012.  Each of these artists and their respective bands are at the top of their game, and we look forward to bringing this music to you very soon!

So far confirmed to be released sometime in 2012 (all times/dates and more info to come as things get set in place)

1. Scottish Bassist/Composer Euan Burton’s new album/group/music featuring Will Vinson alto sax, Steve Hamilton Piano, James Maddren, Drums, and Mark McKnight on Guitar

2. English tenor saxophonist George Crawley’s debut album with his quartet featuring Kit Downes, Piano, Calum Gourlay Bass, and James Maddren Drums.

3.  Russian Alto Saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev’s new album featuring Liam Noble Piano, Larry Grenadier Bass, Eric Harland Drums, and Tim Lefebvre Bass.

4. New York Trombonist/Trumpeter Nick Vayenas’ next album featuring Dan Kaufman piano, Vicente Archer bass, Kendrick Scott Drums, Patrick Cornelius alto sax.

5. Jim Hart Trio featuring Ralph Alessi, featuring Jim Hart Vibes, Ralph Alessi Trumpet, Michael Janisch bass, and Dave Smith drums.

6. Flautist extraordinaire Gareth Lockrane’s new album featuring Alex Garnett Tenor Sax, Ross Stanley on Organ, Mike Outram on Guitar…

7. A multitude of music is currently being prepared by label boss Michael Janisch– three albums worth, but no time frame is available yet…….

As you can see with these line ups, things are really heating up here at WWR, we’re looking forward to the future!  More information to be made available on these amazing releases as it arrives…… Happy Listening!

Phil Robson’s ‘The Immeasurable Code’ CD of the Week in the Evening Standard

Phil Robson’s new WWR album ‘The Immeasurable Code’ has been named CD of the week on 18th NOV by Jazz Critic extraordinaire Jack Massarik of the Evening Standard in London. Click HERE to read more…

Updates, News, Reviews, from London Jazz Festival and Beyond………….

Whirlwind Recordings artists have been busy all over the jazz world.  There has been the Michael Janisch project with co-leader Aruan Ortiz featuring Greg Osby performing 14 sold out concerts around Europe including 2 full houses at the London Jazz Festival at Pizza Express Jazz Club (where the music has been recorded as well, hint hint), Partikel has done some extensive touring around the UK to rave reviews and a sold out show at the Spice of Life in London (click HERE for a review from the road), Phil Robson performed a stellar set at the Purcel Room in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London featuring Mark Turner and the rest of the band from ‘The Immeasurable Code’ (Click HERE for Ring Modulator review)(Click HERE for a London Jazz review)(Click HERE for Jazz Breakfast review)(Click HERE for Jazz Journal review), and Jeff Williams had a sell out crowd at the Green Note in Camden and by all reports they were on fire. Alex Garnett is reportedly playing in over 12 concerts during the festival so chances are if you’re out and about, you’ll see him!

There’s plenty more going on so go out and catch some great live music…..

Phil Robson’s ‘The Immeasurable Code’ Launches Worldwide Today!

UK Guitarist maestro and internationally acclaimed composer and bandleader Phil Robson’s new album ‘The Immeasurable Code’ is now officially launched in stores and digitally worldwide.  The album is now available on this site in the STORE/CD section.   The album features the iconic Mark Turner on both soprano and tenor saxophones, alongside Downbeat Critics Poll Flautist Gareth Lockrane, Michael Janisch on acoustic bass, and Cuban native Ernesto Simpson on drums.  The album was recorded live on their recent two week European tour.  Critics have already been describing this album as the best in Phil Robson’s illustrious career.  Enjoy!

Andre Canniere showcase Performance 8/11/11 at Forge in Camden for ‘Forward Space’!

American trumpeter Andre Canniere will be showcasing material from his band’s upcoming album ‘Forward Space’ at  The Forge on Tuesday 8th November. The Andre Canniere Group features a collection of rising stars who pepper  acclaimed bands like Phronesis and MOBO award winning Kairos 4tet; Ivo Neame on piano, Hannes Riepler on guitar,  Ryan Trebilcock on bass and Jon Scott on drums.

‘Forward Space’ will be out on 23rd January 2012 on Whirlwind Recordings/WorldWide. There will be a limited number of
advance copies of the album available at the performance.

Full lisiting details:

Andre Canniere Group
Album Pre-launch Showcase
8th November
The Forge
3 Delancey Street
London NW1 7NL
020 7 383 7808
£10/£8
Doors 7:30pm

Tickets here: www.forgevenue.org/whats-on/eventdetails/8-nov-11-andre-canniere-group-the-forge/

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=207413019331445

Andre Canniere Website: www.andrecanniere.com

Michael Janisch/Aruan Ortiz Group featuring Greg Osby lighting up Europe……

The Michael Janisch/Aruan Ortiz Group is half way through their European tour, don’t miss the rest of their dates.

NOV 9: The Cross Birmingham, UK

NOV 10: Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking, UK

NOV 11:  London Jazz Festival, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, UK (first house is nearly sold out, second house still has some seats, click HERE for bookings).  Musicians/Students get 5 pounds off admission price.

NOV 12: Sunset Sunside, Paris France