The Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch quintet featuring Greg Osby Southbank Center/Purcell Room concert now for sale


Tickets are now on sale for a major London Jazz Festival headlining concert for the Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet (featuring Greg Osby) at the famous Purcell Room of the Southbank Center in London.  This event will be the official European CD release launch for the band for their upcoming WWR release and debut ‘Banned in London’ which we are obviously very excited about.  The music is being worked on as we speak by Tyler McDiarmid, our in house mixing/mastering engineer who had a great year himself earning another Grammy nomination for his engineering work on the Fred Hersch album recorded live at the Village Vanguard. 

Here’s a link for purchasing tickets for the AO & MJ quintet, and this will be a sold out event so grab your tickets soon.

Other headliners at this year’s upcoming London Jazz Festival include Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Ambrose Akinmusire and Esperanza Spalding, among many others and literally hundreds of concerts across the capital.

For more information on ‘Banned in London’ visit the band’s webpage here:


Zhenya Strigalev ‘Smiling Organizm’ with review in Jazz Breakfast…

Another review today for Zhenya Strigalev’s release ‘Smiling Organizm’ has just appeared on Peter Bacon’s ‘Jazz Breakfast’ which is a popular blog site in the UK. Click here to read.  CLICK HERE  to visit ‘Smiling Organizm‘ page which will release in just a few days!! (June 4th worldwide).




WWR artists George Crowley, Euan Burton, and Zhenya Strigalev in this month’s Jazzwise with featured articles & reviews


A strong showing of three WWR artists (George Crowley, Euan Burton, and Zhenya Strigalev) in the June 2012 issue of Jazzwise Magazine— all three get great reviews, and Zhenya also get’s a featured article for his album ‘Smiling Organizm’ which launches next week.  Zhenya is always full of unique insight, and this interview is a great read.  Here’s some highlights from the coverage:

George Crowley’s ‘Paper Universe’ review:  “Rarely does a player so young debut with such a fully rounded tone and range of writing skills, so keep a keen ear out for Crowley: the future could yet be his.” Click here to view the ‘Paper Universe‘ album page.




Euan Burton’s  ‘Occurrences’ review:  “The contemporary Scottish jazz scene is rich in talent, but it boasts few more accomplished bassists than Euan Burton… [Occurrences] is a suite that smoothly unfolds its musical narrative across seven different parts… the playing dynamic and handsomely attuned to the cinematic feel of the project.”  Click here to view the ‘Occurrences‘ album page.



Zhenya Strigalev’s ‘Smiling Organizm’ review:  “[Smiling Organizm] has all the knife-edge momentum and skilled improvisatory abandon of its leader… chock-full of playful twists and turns, Strigalev’s UK debut is what you might call a real cliche-free ride.”  Click here to view the ‘Smiling Organizm‘ album page.


Partikel with great review for ‘Cohesion’ from Danish Jazz Blog JazzNYT

Partikel, one of the UK’s most talked about new bands, has just received a great review by the popular Danish jazz blog site ‘JazzNYT’ for their inaugural WWR Jan ’12 release ‘Cohesion.’  This is a shared review alongside the world renown trio ‘Fly’ so the guys are pretty excited to be mentioned in the same breath as this super trio that we all at WWR also look up to greatly. 

Here’s a link to the review, which is in Danish, and we’ve also re-printed what ‘google’ translated below.

Click here to be taken to the ‘Cohesion‘ page to hear tracks and purchase the album as a CD, MP3 file (320 bit rate w/ Liner Notes) or individual tracks. 


An American and an English sax-trio.
The US is with three musicians as that are not unkonwn in Denmark. For example, We had saxophonist Mark Turner playing this past week in Copenhagen. Bassist Larry Grenadier is to be found among teachers at this year’s summer session and drummer Jeff Ballard was here last year. Fly trio plays with a transparent openness. It is audibly bemused music. In a totally flat structure, the three musicians play as equal. They welcome all in and meet in the music with very little focus on the solo game. Instead, it is collectively a victory on the slick audio production from Avatar studio in New York.
The English trio offers a different and more condensed mood. It could be – a little fresh – claim that there is a straight line back to Rollins’ classic saxtrio in the 50s. Partikel uses it as an impetus for a dynamic and forward-looking proposal for what a saxtrio may sound like today. There are elements of African music, Latin American jazz and contemporary jazz. This trio is incredibly tight in their expression. It is three musicians who know each other well and they use it as a starting point for their complex breaks and technically demanding compositions. It is both fast-paced and engaging.

The great press begins for Zhenya Strigalev’s ‘Smiling Organizm’ from London Jazz

London based Russian alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev is about to launch his debut WWR album ‘Smiling Organizm’ in just over 1 week from today.  Here’s our original news post on this exciting release, which features an all star cast of musicians in bass titans Larry Grenadier and Tim Lefebvre, the one and only Eric Harland on drums, one of the UK’s premier pianist Liam Noble, and fellow countryman Vitaly Golovnev. 

Here’s Zhenya’s first glowing review for his release from Chris Parker over at London Jazz.

Click here to be taken to Zhenya’s album page for Smiling Organizm, which will have preview tracks very soon.

Also, don’t forget about Zhenya’s cd release party, coming soon in June! Here’s the album video preview for it:

George Crowley gets 4 stars in the Guardian today for ‘Paper Universe’

 London based saxophonist-on-the-rise George Crowley has had a great month– he’s released his debut album (see little reddish-orange monster to the left), and since its release has received universal acclaim from a large swath of the major jazz press across the UK.  Just yesterday he received a 4 star review from one of the UK’s leading jazz critics, John Fordham.  Click here to be taken to the article.

Click here to download the album in MP3 format, physical cd, or even individual tracks.

Plans for a major launch tour are currently in the pipeline, stay tuned for more information.

Whirlwind Recordings confirms new distribution deals in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Luxembourg, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and Australia


Whirlwind Recordings is going places…………

We’ve had a great month so far releasing albums by George Crowley and Euan Burton (both have had GREAT support so far), but also we’re very exciting to say that our label is going places in a big way! We’ve just signed up brand new distribution deals in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Luxembourg, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and Australia, which means ALL of our releases will be appearing in all good record stores that stock Jazz and World music in the next few months in these territories.  We’re currently signing to other countries as we speak and more on that soon.   Detailed information on how and who distribute all of our releases both physically and digitally can be viewed on our DISTRIBUTION page.  You can also click to see the great distribution partners we’ve signed with, who are all major players in their respective territories.  

In order to get distribution nowadays, a record label has to have a very strong catalog; therefore we’re very proud of all of our world class artists for helping get the word and sound out of creative improvised music!  And a big shout out to all our fans and supporters who chose to support us directly by purchasing our music.

WWR founder, bassist, and educator Michael Janisch to teach alongside bass legends Rufus Reid and John Goldsby at Sligo Jazz Project


WWR founder, and first call London-based American electric/acoustic bassist Michael Janisch has a busy summer ahead of him not only as a player, but as an educator, appearing in Spain, Ireland and Scotland for a number of renown summer jazz camps.

Of special note, Janisch will teach alongside legendary bassists Rufus Reid and John Goldsby at this years Sligo Jazz Project which runs from the  24-29 July 2012.  Other renown educators at this camp include John Taylor and John Riley.  Janisch will be teaching mainly on his first four stringed instrument– the electric bass– as well as performing throughout the week on both basses.  He will also be giving a lecture on being a successful creative artist in today’s music industry, as well as talking about Whirlwind Recordings and how it is completely possible to earn a living from one’s own art, even in a world full of piracy and people giving away music for free.

Here’s more on the Sligo Jazz Project, if you are an aspiring jazz musician, this is highly recommended.

Here’s a full news story courtesy of PRNewswire: click HERE

The Aruan Ortiz and Michael Janisch quintet feat. Greg Osby headlining performance at London Jazz Festival now for sale online…

The Aruan Ortiz and Michael Janisch quintet feat. Greg Osby is releasing their debut album ‘Banned in London’ this NOV, and in celebration they will be embarking on a major European tour, with an official launch event as headliners performing at London Jazz Festival.  The band will appear at one of London’s most famous venues, The Purcell Room of the Southbank Center in Central London, and tickets are now on sale on the official London Jazz Festival website. Other headliners this year include Ambrose Akinmusire, Kenny Wheeler, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, and Sonny Rollins.  Jazzwise magazine recently did a nice feature on all of the main headliners, click HERE for that.

The London Jazz Festival is the captial’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, and one of the largest such festivals of its kind in the world. The Festival has long been acclaimed for showcasing hundreds of events at dozens of venues, featuring a heady mix of talent from around the world. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK’s landmark music events.

The band has also confirmed a performance at one of the UK’s most respected historic venues: St. George’s in Bristol, NOV 8 2012.  More dates to come soon from the band and updates on their music will be made available here when we get it.  In the meantime check out their website for more news:   

“Banned in London” their debut will be released worldwide on OCT 29th, 2012. 

Jeff Williams with two great live reviews from his recent touring for ‘Another Time’


Legendary drummer Jeff Williams, who has been performing professionally for over 40 years, was recently seen and heard touring in the UK with his NYC based quartet this month and made a big impact playing music from his highly acclaimed album ‘Another Time.’  Here is a great 4 star, very in-depth review from Ian Mann’s ‘The Jazz Mann’ site, and here is a live review of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival performance from Mike Collins.