A pair of great London Jazz reviews for our May releases by Euan Burton and George Crowley

 

Whirlwind Recordings Artists Euan Burton and George Crowley both had a good day  over at the London Jazz blogsite with great reviews about their respective May releases here at WWR.

 

 

 

Click here to see both reviews:  londonjazz.blogspot.co.uk/

George Crowley releases ‘Paper Universe‘ his debut album on May 7th, while Euan releases his album ‘Occurrences‘ (which has advance copies now for sale) on the 14th.

Whirlwind Recordings re-launches The TransAtlantic Collective’s ‘Traveling Song’ Today! Limited physical CDs remain!

Whirlwind Recordings Ltd is proud to announce the Re-Launch of ‘Traveling Song’ by the TransAtlantic Collective

April 26, 2012

We’re very excited to say we’ve obtained the remaining copies of ‘Traveling Song‘ by The TransAtlantic Collective in a mutually agreed licensing deal from Woodville Records, the label who originally released the album in 2008. The TransAtlantic Collective was a major musical endeavor lead by WWR founder Michael Janisch and WWR artist Patrick Cornelius that operated across USA, UK, and Europe from 2005-2009, but eventually was not able to continue in operation as a result of each of the members focusing on their own solo careers. As it was such a personal project for Janisch and Cornelius, it made perfect sense to bring the album over to Whirlwind Recordings to give it a real home and strong online presence.   The album was very popular, and there are only 50 or so remaining physical CDs left of ‘Traveling Song,’ which can now only be purchased from this site, and when the album is sold out, it will only be offered as a digital album from then onwards.

Here’s the official ‘low down’ below, and you can now visit the tribute page we’ve created for The TransAtlantic Collective as well, where we’ve put up a couple of You Tube videos of the band. Also on the ‘Traveling Song’ album page, we’ve put some ‘longer-than-normal‘ preview clips so you can get a good sense of what this amazing band was all about.

 

MORE ABOUT THE TRANSATLANTIC COLLECTIVE (Taken from their new artist page)

The TransAtlantic Collective was a contemporary jazz ensemble that operated on the international scene from the years 2005-2009, and in that time performed a couple hundred concerts across the USA, UK and Mainland Eastern/Western Europe. The TAC was arguably the most ambitious touring ensemble of its kind during its period of operation. As the band has been on ‘permanent vacation’ due to its founding members (Michael Janisch & Patrick Cornelius) focusing on their own solo careers, this page has been created as a tribute to all the hard work and great music that was made by the band during its short but intense life. The group’s informative website was finally shut down in 2010 after receiving over 40,000 unique visits a year.

The TAC recorded its only album in 2008, titled ‘Traveling Song’ on Woodville Records, which was very well received by fans and critics around the globe. As of April 2012, Whirlwind Recordings obtained the rights to re-launch and sell ‘Traveling Song’ in a mutually agreed licensing deal between the two labels. As the project was a labor of love for WWR founder Michael Janisch, it made complete sense to keep its memory alive by creating this page full of information on the band, as well as keeping the album for sale here on our site. Moreover, Woodville Records have discontinued the physical sale of the record with their distributors due to the fact that out of the first 1,000 copies that were printed, there are only less than 50 copies now remaining. WWR now has this limited number of copies in its possession for sale (which now can only be purchased off this site). When these final copies are sold, the album will only be available in digital format.

The TransAtlantic Collective Official Biography:  The TransAtlantic Collective was a contemporary jazz ensemble that operated on the international scene from the years 2005-2009, undertaking substantial tours in the USA, UK, and Mainland/Eastern Europe. Its members and collaborators represented some of the top emerging artists from New York City, London, and Europe. The Collective was formed in order to foster cross-continental collaboration in musical performance, composition, and education. The Collective was started in 2005 by Patrick Cornelius (a multi-award-winning New York saxophonist and composer), and London-based American Michael Janisch (a prominent new global voice on the acoustic and electric bass).  Both alumni of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Patrick and Michael founded the Collective as a way to bring musicians from Europe and New York together and spark musical kinship between both sides of the Atlantic. After establishing the project’s mission, the two musicians invited the up-and-coming percussionist and composer Paul Wiltgen (a native of Luxembourg who lives and works both in New York and Europe) to join them as the ensemble’s permanent third member. Rounding out the TransAtlantic Collective’s core quintet was London trumpeter Quentin Collins (one of the UK’s most sought-after brass virtuosos) and dazzling Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu. The Collective also featured the guest talents of guitarist Phil Robson (UK), pianists Jason Rebello (UK), Gwilym Simcock (UK), Dan Tepfer (France), John Escreet (UK), and Andrew MacCormack (UK), trumpeter Avishai Cohen (Israel), percussionist Kendrick Scott (USA), trombonist Nick Vayenas (USA), and tenor saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski (Scotland) during its lifetime.

The TransAtlantic Collective’s music blended the contemporary sounds of modern progressive jazz and world music with the rich tradition of jazz history. While the ensemble’s focus was the development and introduction of new original material, it also gave a tip of the hat to the great jazz lexicon through the reinterpretation of classic standards, such as Cole Porter’s “It’s All Right With Me.”

The band performed year around in both North America and Europe (which was now small task for modern contemporary jazz ensembles). Their largest tour was in the fall of 2008, where the band performed at over 38 venues and festivals across England, Scotland, Wales, Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, and Estonia. Some notable performances included a concert at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room during the London Jazz Festival, a 3-night residency at Ronnie Scott’s in London playing opposite the legendary Roy Haynes, the Bonnington Theater in Nottingham, L’Inoui in Luxembourg, and the Joulu Jazz Festival in Estonia.  Staying true to one of its founding missions, The Collective also presented educational master classes, workshops, and private lessons at many of its tour events, including an artist residency at London’s famed Royal Academy of Music.

In October 2008, The TransAtlantic Collective released their debut album, Traveling Song, on the UK jazz imprint Woodville Records. This impressive debut release contained original music penned by each member of the ensemble, and a labyrinthine re-imagining of Cole Porter’s classic, It’s All Right with Me.  The group dis-banded in 2009 as a result of Michael Janisch and Patrick Cornelius focusing on their own solo careers.  Although the prospect of a ‘reunion’ tour has never been ruled out, the band for all practical purposes is not in operation, although represented a substantial musical effort while in its brief but intense years of touring.

What some of the press said About The TransAtlantic Collective:

“a 21st-century version of cool school bop, and a Wayne Shorterish blend of enigmatically floating lyricism over driving drumming”
–John Fordham, The Guardian

“The TransAtlantic Collective sounds like the musicians are pleasing themselves, but with no sense that those outside the group are being ignored. ‘Traveling Song’ is an involving and refreshing piece of work.” –All About Jazz

“…a well-flexed session of young guns strutting their stuff, confidently aware of each other’s quirks and fancies… the harmonically precise, pitch-perfect solos never flagged…”
–The Financial Times

“Dynamic Contemporary Jazz”
–The List,

“Cutting-Edge, High Energy Jazz”
–Time Out

“[The TransAtlantic Collective] has really established itself as an exciting working unit, forging genuine connections between London, Europe, and NYC….highly-charged contemporary jazz fuelled by their innate virtuosity, but never hindered by it.”
–JazzWise

“Cutting Edge”
–Harlow Herald

“…sharp, vigorous yet absorbing music from a band clearly at ease with both itself and its material…. able to negotiate fiercely complex rearrangements and compositions with wit and aplomb… ”
– Chris Parker, Vortex Gig Review

 

POST TOUR– Update for WWR boss Michael Janisch major April UK Tour– Thanks to all who came out to the shows!

Photo credit: Nick Atkins/ Oxford Jazz Festival 2012

A big thanks from Whirlwind Recordings Ltd and Michael Janisch to all those who made his 20+ city, April 2012  UK tour a reality, from promoters, to venues, to fellow musicians and most importantly the fans and supporters who came out to the shows.

The band featured NYC residents and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians Gene Jackson on drums, David Berkman on piano, and Tim Armacost on saxophones (collectively known as the New York Standards Quartet).   The group played in over 20 cities to over 5,000 audience members and a couple hundred individuals at workshops across the UK.  Also, for your statistic-buffs, the band’s tour van clocked in at nearly 4,500 miles (and this was just in England with only one tour date in Wales!!).  So it’s safe to say they covered a good portion of England in just over two weeks.  Musically, the band started in overdrive and never left, with each night reaching new levels of exploration and excitement. 

The tour was generously supported by Arts Council England.

“Crowley has the potential to make a major impact” — George Crowley with great review today at All About Jazz…

Just in– George Crowley gets a great review for his debut album ‘Paper Universe‘ to be released May 7 from Bruce Lindsay over at All About Jazz, the world’s largest online site devoted entirely to jazz news– Click HERE to read.

 

Click HERE to be taken to George’s album page for ‘Paper Universe’

Euan Burton gets his first RAVE review for ‘Occurrences’ from ‘Bebop Spoken Here….’

 

Double Bassist and Composer Euan Burton is one of the most well known and hardest working of Scottish Jazz musicians, providing a solid foundation for a plethora of artists across the UK, while leading his own bands as a notable bandleader with a knack for writing strong melodies.  He’s known across the pond as well, having embarked on many a sojourn to New York City, while forging lasting musical relationships over the years with the likes of Ari Hoenig, Gilad Hekselman, Will Vinson and guitarist Jonathan Kreisburg, resulting in frequent tours with musicians of this caliber across Europe.

On May 14th of 2012, we’re releasing Burton’s debut WWR album ‘Occurrences‘ which has been getting a huge amounts of hits since we’ve put the album page up a little over a month ago.  The album features a Seven-Song-Suite penned by Burton himself, and a bumper crop of some of the creative music world’s most celebrated young artists in Will Vinson on saxophones, Steve Hamilton on Piano and Fender Rhodes, WWR artist Mark McKnight on guitar (who turns in some stellar performances), and James Maddren on drums.  Thematic material stemming from Burton’s own life coinciding with strong, memorable melodies dominate the album, and Burton’s bass weaves the Suite together with strength and grace.  The sound on this record is impeccable, and really raises our own standards here at WWR, just listen to the previews on his ALBUM page to hear for yourself.  It’s also worth noting that there are now still a handful advance copies left before we officially release in UK stores and Digital formats (excluding streaming sites) worldwide on the 14th.

As you can see, we have a flyer above which also gives information about Burton’s CD launch tour  (you can also visit the EVENTS section) which features the members from the album– no small feat as these individuals maintain hectic international touring schedules throughout the year.

We’re really excited to be able to report that Euan’s press campaign for ‘Occurrences’ is now underway and he’s had his first glowing review from the popular UK jazz blog site ‘Bebop Spoken Here‘  This is a great start and no doubt just the beginning. Stay tuned for more, and pick up a copy of Occurrences today.

And we’re off…. The Press starts coming in for George Crowley’s Debut Album ‘Paper Universe’

 

London based Tenor Saxophonist and Composer George Crowley has been on the London creative music scene since 2007, earning a masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music and working with a varied cross section of the UK’s best up and coming jazz and improvising musicians. Excitedly, as of MAY 7 2012, he is releasing his debut album ‘Paper Universe‘ right here on Whirlwind Recordings and we couldn’t be happier as we feel this album has strong potential to be one of the debut albums of the year (and not just in the UK either). Just check out some of the previews to hear for yourself.  George has put together a program of original music with the scope and depth rarely heard from a band of twenty-somethings.  He calls on his long time associate Kit Downes on piano (who recently was nominated for a Mercury Music Award), bassist about town Calum Gourlay, and first call drumming sensation James Maddren, and the four musicians play with a group empathy that defies their age, while drawing from a myriad of influences and music traditions from around the globe, all routed in the foundations of jazz and improvised musics.

The press campaign is underway for ‘Paper Universe’ and we’re happy to report the first review has come from the popular UK blog site ‘Bebop Spoken Here‘ 

Look for much more in the near future, and in the meantime check out the Paper Universe page on our site.  The album will be in stores across the UK as of May 7th, and on over 50 digital downloading sites worldwide (excluding streaming sites) as well. 

 

 

MID TOUR UPDATE: Michael Janisch’s New York Standards Quartet tour going strong, with one week to go + 4 Star Guardian Live Review

MID-TOUR UPDATE: About 2,000 miles into WWR Artist and Label Founder Michael Janisch’ extensive UK tour with the New York Standards Quartet, and the band have been delighting audiences nationwide and gaining some great press along the way.  Here’s a review from LONDON JAZZ for their Oxford Jazz Festival Headlining performance and here is a beaming 4 Star Guardian review from John Fordham, who gives a great account of the concert in Bristol’s Colston Hall, calling the band a ‘collective class act.’ MJ’s tour kicks into overdrive for one more week and a bit with performances in Southampton, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Leicester, Southport, and finishing at Trinity College of Music in London. Don’t miss the chance to see New Yorkers Tim Armacost, David Berkman, and Gene Jackson, who are playing at the top of their game. Check EVENTS for more info.

Phil Robson makes ‘shortlist’ for the finals of the London Art Awards Jazz Category on June 20th

We’ve just heard that WWR artist and guitar extraordinaire Phil Robson has made the shortlist for the finals of the London Art Awards in the Jazz Category. This means he’ll have a good chance to win the award on the 20th of June during their awards ceremony in London. More information is here: londonfestivalfringe.com/

We’ll let you know how things go on the 20th, but just to be nominated is great for Phil and confirms the buzz around his album ‘The Immeasurable Code.’

Michael Janisch’s mega-UK tour starts in a few days! One of ‘The Guardian’s Cultural Highlights of the Week’ + London Jazz Preview + MJ Interview.

 

WWR founder & internationally acclaimed bassist and bandleader Michael Janisch is about to embark on a major UK tour featuring three marquee musicians of the international jazz scene in saxophonist Tim Armacost, pianist David Berkman, and legendary drummer Gene Jackson (collectively known as the New York Standards Quartet).

The tour will see them perform in over 20 UK cities, covering over 4,000 miles on the road and performing to over 5,000 people and engaging in educational outreach to over 400 workshop participants. Yes, they will be busy… 

The UK music press has been buzzing about MJ’s tour for a month now.  This week the Guardian picked it as one of the ‘cultural’ highlights of the week’ READ HERE.    And MJ has done a very informative interview for the Oxford Jazz Festival on why he loves performing music from Jazz’s rich cultural heritage HERE, and don’t forget NYC based Piano guru David Berkman’s witty and informative preview piece he did for London Jazz HERE.

These are just a few samplings of the press about this tour, the real treat will be to catch MJ and the New York Standards Quartet in action live.  Check the EVENTS section for the entire tour schedule (minus private workshops events which have not been publicized). 

Michael will also have copies of his album “PURPOSE BUILT” available on the tour.

This tour was generously supported by Arts Council England, for more information on that, please click HERE for our first news piece about the tour.

 

With great regret, Whirlwind Recordings to close down after only two years operation…

It is with great regret that we have to inform all our supporters and fans that as of today, April 1 2012, we will be closing down business here at Whirlwind HQ as times have just been too tough as of late…………
Just kidding.  Happy April Fools day!  Actually, we’re on a perpetual buzz with all the great energy created by our artists and their music, and times have never been better here at WWR.  We’re here to stay, but we just had to do it– we’re just suckers for April fool’s day!  :-).