It’s Official: Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet feat. Greg Osby ‘BANNED IN LONDON’ releases OCT. 29, 2012

Mark your music calendars for the debut recording from one of the world’s premier contemporary ensembles.

‘Banned in London’

Live at the London Jazz Festival

Aruán Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet
featuring Greg Osby

OFFICIAL Release date: OCT. 29, 2012
In all good record shops worldwide and digitally on over 50 online retailers!


Aruán Ortiz, Piano
Greg Osby, Alto Saxophone
Raynald Colom, Trumpet
Michael Janisch, Acoustic Bass
Rudy Royston, Drums

Recorded live across three hours, featuring compositions by the leaders as well as arrangements by the ensemble. The music was recorded at the end of their inaugural European tour in the fall of 2011.  To hear some sneak previews, visit the MUSIC page on their brand new website.

“A heavyweight collection of players…the highlight and most interesting concert of the [Cork]  Jazz Festival”  
The Irish Times

“virtuosic solos with unrelenting grooves on exciting, through-composed, genre-hopping melodies”    Time Out, London

“phenomenal group…some memorable soloing from all concerned”   The Jazz Mann
  “Sensational Performance…” Jazztlk


The Aruán Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet is a new international musical collaboration of the highest order.  Both leaders have performed at the forefront of contemporary jazz & improvised music during the last decade with some of the world’s greatest artists, such as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Wallace Roney, and Terry Lyne Carrington.  Since their formative years at the renowned Berklee College of Music (where in 2001 they met and formed an immediate music chemistry), they have maintained close musical ties resulting in an artistic growth that has culminated in the formation of this unique and progressive ensemble.  Their music spans the breadth of contemporary sounds while drawing firmly and authentically from jazz’s rich tradition. These are tenets that both Janisch and Ortiz hold as the focal point of their musicianship.

For their new quintet, they have assembled one of the most exciting casts of recent years, calling on one of the jazz world’s most prominent and pioneering artists, saxophonist and featured special guest Greg Osby, first-call NYC resident drummer Rudy Royston (Bill Frisell, Ravi Coltrane) and perennial award winning Spanish Trumpeter Raynald Colom (Perico Sambeat, Robin Eubanks). As a unit, they perform their critically acclaimed original music alongside reinterpretations from jazz’s great lexicon, using either template as a means for passionate sonic exploration.

2011 saw the inaugural tour of the AO & MJ Quintet, where they performed for over two weeks across Ireland, France, Spain, and the UK to hugely receptive crowds.  The synergy amongst the quintets members compounded with the overwhelmingly positive response from audiences has resulted in a unified effort by Janisch and Ortiz to keep the group together, even though each member is hugely in demand as leaders, sidemen, and educators.  Luckily, there is a strong impetus for further music tours and development as a result of the live recording that took place during the groups sold out London Jazz Festival appearance at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in November of 2011.  Over three hours of high octane music was recorded by the band and will be released later in 2012 as the groups debut album.  Titled ‘Banned in London,’ the group has been captured live performing an onslaught of soundscapes, moods, and explorations, which will prove that this is not some throw-together super group, but a potent mixture of world class improvising musicians with a sincere empathy for creating improvised music of the now.

New review for Michael Janisch’s ‘Purpose Built’ from Rainlore’s Wolrd of Music.

Purpose Built‘ was the inaugural release for WWR in January of 2010 and firmly established WWR label boss Michael Janisch’s career as a solo artist.  It was praised greatly in the international press being called ‘The Complete Package’ by Jazz Times to earning a spot on the Critics List in the Village Voice ‘Best Debut’ albums of the year in 2010.  The album is our biggest seller to date, and low and behold some critics are still writing about it some two years later!  Here’s a very appreciative review from Rainlore’s World of Music that just came in. CLICK HERE.

Have Bass, Will Travel. Euan Burton hits the road in May, 2012 to Launch ‘Occurrences’

The Euan Burton ‘Occurrences’ Album Launch UK Tour: May 2012

featuring from the album:

Euan Burton Acoustic Bass, Will Vinson Alto Sax, Mark McKnight Guitar, Steve Hamilton, Piano, James Maddren Drums.

Official Worldwide release date: May 14th, 2012


Scottish bassist Euan Burton hits the road for an album launch tour this May in 2012 across the UK, and the dates are now made official here at WWR  in the EVENTS section of the site.   The band features the same personnel as on his WWR release ‘Occurrences‘ which is no small feat as each of the band members are hugely in demand, not to mention live in various countries around the world.  So it will be a very special occasion to have them all hit the UK shores this May.  ‘Occurrences’ has been generating a great deal of buzz and the hits to the album page have been some of the highest traffic this site has seen since the preview music clips have gone up about a month ago.  Featuring a suite of seven compositions all masterfully penned by Burton himself, the music carries a thread of elegance and thematic material that takes the listener on a sonic journey as soon as the first notes are played.  Moreover, the ‘sound’ on this album really stands out.  Not only are the musicians on this album masters of their respective instruments, such as the infectious Alto Saxophonist and NYC resident Will Vinson, but the actual production of this album is second to none and worthy of special mention.  The album was recorded at the famed Castle Sound Studios (Whirlwind Recordings personal favorite studio to record creative music in the UK) on the eastern coast of Scotland in a beautiful historic town called Pencaitland. After a pristine mix by Stuart Hamilton, the album was finished off by our own in house sound expert and 3 time grammy nominated engineer Tyler McDiarmid in the Big Apple, and the resulting CD is nothing short of sonic brilliance, and with one second of the album playing you’ll hear this.  One of our main goals here at Whirlwind is to pay special attention to the ‘sound’ of our recordings and to raise the bar across the industry in a world of record labels spewing out albums at such a fast pace that one can really hear the poor attention to detail, especially in the sound of the albums.  Not us.  Every single WWR album is produced at a pace that allows us to bring out the best possible sound quality, and it’s just as important to us as the actual music itself.  On ‘Occurrences’ the sonic bar is certainly raised, and we invite you to hear for yourself when it releases on May 14. 

And….. If you’re a UK resident and you can see the tour, why not pick up a copy during Euan’s launch dates?  Here’s the current date sheet:

Tuesday 1st May
Jazz @ The Spotted Dog
Euan Burton’s Occurrences

Wednesday 2nd May
Euan Burton’s Occurrences

Thursday 3rd May
The Blue Lamp
Euan Burton’s Occurrences

Friday 4th May
The Jazz Bar
Euan Burton’s Occurrences

Sunday 6th May
House Concerts @ 42
Euan Burton’s Occurrences

Monday 7th May
The 606
Euan Burton’s Occurrences

For more information, Visit Euan’s BRAND NEW website


Michael Janisch receives prestigious Arts Council Touring Grant for April UK Tour feat. Tim Armacost, Gene Jackson, and David Berkman

Michael Janisch & the New York Standards Quartet


Acoustic Bassist and WWR label boss Michael Janisch has just been awarded a prestigious Touring Grant by the Arts Council England for his major April 2012 UK tour featuring three marquee New York based musicians in saxophonist Tim Armacost (Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Tom Harrell), pianist David Berkman (Joe Lovano, Brian Blade) and drummer Gene Jackson (Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland), collectively known as the New York Standards Quartet.  The tour takes place from the 7th-23rd of April and will see the super group performing to an anticipated 5,000 concert goers, teaching to over 400 masterclass participants, and racking up an anticipated 4,000 + miles on the road (official figures from the grant proposal).  The generous touring grant helps cover all associated touring expenses including logistics and marketing.  Says Mr Janisch– “I’m elated to receive this amazing grant and am so thankful that an organization like the Arts Council England exists to promote such a diverse array of music around the UK. It’s really a credit to this country as a whole to place such an emphasis on the Arts, and I personally have not seen an organization anywhere in the world who funds creative musicians on the scale and in the numbers than that of the Arts Council England.” 

The official title of the tour is Michael Janisch and the New York Standards Quartet which features the above mentioned New Yorkers and special guest leader for this tour is Janisch himself.  The band will be headlining festivals and performing at Arts Centers and Theaters, Jazz Clubs, and Jazz Societies.  This will be the first time the NYSQ hits the UK shores.  Check for more information on dates, or check the Events section here at WWR. The official NYSQ website is  Janisch will also have copies of his debut album ‘Purpose Built‘ for sale on this tour.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these four improvising giants in action at venues near you! Here’s the list of dates that are available to the public (some of the masterclasses take place in private institutions)

All dates in April 2012

7:  Oxford Jazz Festival, Oxford, England

8: Herts Jazz Club, Welwyn Garden City, England

9: 606 Club, London

11: Colston Hall, Bristol, England

12: Grimsby Jazz Club, Grimsby, England

14: Porthcawl International Jazz Festival  + Daytime Masterclass, Porthcawl, Wales

15:  The Drum, Birmingham  + Daytime Masterclass

16: Southampton Jazz Club,  Southampton, England

18: Hull University Daytime Masterclass,  Hull Jazz Club Nightime,  Hull, England

19: Severn Arts, Leeds Jazz Society,  (workshop in the afternoon)  Leeds, England

20: Sheffield Jazz Society,  Sheffield England

21: Leicester Jazz Society, Leicester England

22: Southport Melodic Jazz Club,  Southport, England

23: Trinity College of Music, Greenwich, UK (open to students + alumni)

Andre Canniere’s ‘Forward Space’ gets 4 Stars in Jazzwise: ‘One of the best debut recordings in a long time’

‘One of the best debut recordings in a long time’

This is what the 4 star JazzWise magazine review says about Andre Canniere’s new WWR release ‘Forward Space‘  in the March edition.   Compounded with the 5 star review in the Guardian by John Fordham and we’re starting to see signs of contender for ‘UK Jazz Album of the Year’ creeping around the corner.   Go Andre!!


New update to the WWR Site: Join our emailing list and receive a free MP3 from one of our releases!


You’ve probably noticed that our website has been undergoing all sorts of changes and additions.  One of the new ones that we’ve just launched is the FREE MP3 feature when you join our emailing list.  What’s the MP3 you say?  All we can tell you is that it’s a viby track from one of our releases and it will change from time to time.  You’ll have to enter your email address to find out :-).  Once you have done so, you’ll be sent an email confirmation with a link to download your free track.  What happens when I join the emailing list?  You’ll be sent periodical news and events from both Whirlwind Recordings and our founder Michael Janisch’s personal solo career.  At any time you may unsubscribe as well, so no strings attached and you can keep the MP3.  Enjoy!

PS.  We’re very excited to announce that we are having our site completely overhauled and will have full E-Commerce function-ability within a month’s time, complete with checkout and MP3 downloads for all our releases!  Thank you for supporting us over the last two years of our existence. It’s because we’ve had so much support that we’ve been able to grow to where we are now. 


Look out for 4 Star Partikel review in BBC Music Magazine in March

Look out for the march edition of the BBC Music Magazine for a great 4 star review of ‘Cohesion‘ by Partikel. It comes welcomed as getting a mention in BBC Music Magazine is pretty rare, so we’re happy about that.  Go Partikel….

Andre Canniere’s new video for ‘Crunch’ from Forward Space

Here’s the new video for the song titled ‘Crunch’ by Andre Canniere from his debut WWR album ‘Forward Space’  Forward Space was launched in January ’12 and has received rave reviews in the press, including a 5 Star mention from John Fordham in The Guardian.

The New Video:  ‘CRUNCH,’ from Forward Space


Partikel with new review in London Jazz

Here’s a great review for Partikel’s Cohesion by the musician-friendly and widely read and respected LONDON JAZZ site.

Zhenya Strigalev ‘Smiling Organizm’ featuring Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland, Tim Lefebrve, Liam Noble, Vitaly Golovnev, launches June 4th Worldwide

Zhenya Strigalev Smiling Organizm

Launches June 4th, Worldwide

Zhenya Strigalev is a ‘one of a kind’ guy, and anyone who knows him will vouch for that.  The Russian born, London based alto saxophonists is witty, eccentric, quirky, studied and soulful, both in his musicianship and personality.  He’s known on the international jazz scene as the guy who organized (Along with Patsy Craig) some of London’s most unique concerts at a little bar off the beaten path known to locals as ‘Charlie Wright’s,’ over the course of about 5 years, bringing in some of the world’s biggest names while presenting a bumper crop of young talent from the london scene along the way.    As of late, he’s refocused all his creative energy into his upcoming album project, which we here at WWR are ultra-excited about.   Titled ‘Smiling Organizm’ Strigalev has assembled one heck of a cast of players, and very excitedly, not one but TWO of THE prominent bassists in the world today.  With… are you ready for this… Larry Grenadier and Tim Lefebrve sharing the bass duties, the album also features the one and only Eric Harland, one of the true modern heroes of drumming.   If that’s not enough, he’s called on one of the UK’s contemporary improvising giants Liam Noble to hold down the piano chair (who turns out some seriously highlight performances) & featured on trumpet is Strigalev’s compatriot from Russia, Vitaly Golovnev (now living and carving a great name for himself in NYC), who completely rises to the occasion and will no doubt raise some eyebrows as perhaps the unexpected surprise of the record.    But it’s definitely Strigalev’s record date– his compositions are full of raw emotion, eccentricity, intelligence and humor, and his playing stands to the fore.  The album launches officially on June 4th and we’re excited, if you can’t already tell.   There will be preview tracks available in the next coming weeks and more information on the record certainly to come.  Stay tuned.

Oh, ps… This is our 100th news post! (if anyone was keeping track…)