Zhenya Strigalev gets 4 Star, ‘CD of the Week’ in the Evening Standard + 4 Star Review Jazz Mann review

Zheyna Strigalev is having an incredible showing in the press, and we’re not surprised.

‘Smiling Organizm’ has made CD of the Week in the Evening Standard, with a glowing 4 Star Review by Jack Massarik. 

And one of our favorite reviewers over at the Jazz Mann (Ian Mann) has delved deep into the record and written an in-depth 4 Star review of the album.

Click HERE to listen and hear what all the buzz is about, or to order your copy today.

The Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch quintet ft Greg Osby confirms Turner Sims Concert Hall & Nu Century Arts Performances for their NOV launch tour.

Exiting news comes today as two new dates for the AO & MJ ft Greg Osby confirms the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton (one of England’s most famous music venues) on NOV 9th 2012, as well as a performance in association with Nu Century Arts (a world renown Afro-Carribean Arts Organization based in Birmingham England) on NOV 11th, 2012 at the Hare and Hounds. There will also be a daytime masterclass at the Hare and Hounds. More European launch dates to come soon, but for more information visit their site aomjquintet.com

The band also has been named as one of the main headliners at this years London Jazz Festival with a performance at the Famed Purcell Room of the Southbank Center. Tickets for that are going fast.

We’re working on the music for their OCT release ‘Banned in London’ as we speak and we’re very excited to share this with the world.  Previews should be here in a month or so, along with album information.  Stay tuned for this super-groups’ debut release!

‘Nick Vayenas’ saturates the radio waves across dozens of stations in the USA, Canada and Parts of Europe

Nick Vayenas’ self-titled album is currently saturating the radio waves across USA, Canada and Parts of Europe. So much in fact that we can barely keep up with all the stations who are requesting us to send his music!  Nick plays trumpet, trombone and sings on his WWR debut, and is joined by global jazz and world music star Lionel Loueke, NYC Altoist Patrick Cornelius, and Herbie Hancock drummer Kendrick Scott.

Here’s an exhaustive list of last week’s radio plays alone which will be ongoing during the following weeks/months, so if you live in these areas, tune in to hear Nick’s album.  To purchase Nick’s album, please click HERE.

KZMU Moab, Utah


WVUD Newark, Delaware


WHFC Bel Air, Maryland


WWSP Stevens Point, Wisconsin


Jazz and Blues Radio show, the Netherlands


KASU Arkansas State


WERU East Orland, Maine


WDPS Dayton, Ohio


WMUA Amherst, MA


KVPR Fresno, CA


WUWF Pensacola, Florida


KTEP El Paso, Texas


WWUH Hartford, CT


WGVU Grand Rapids, Michigan


KZSC Santa Cruz, California


WRTI Philadelphia, PA


KIOS Omaha, Nebraska


WXCI Danbury


KOPN Columbia, Missouri


M3 Radio – Online


WPTC Williamsport, PA


WRFL Lexington, Kentucky


Jazz with Bob Parlocha (syndicated program)



South Dakota Public Broadcasting
South Dakota


CSCR Radio
Toronto, Ontario

KHSU-FM, Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

WRFL Lexington, Kentucky




WCUW Worcester, MA


Nationally Syndicated “Jazz After Hours” with Jim Wilke


WFCF St. Augustine, Florida



WSIE Edwardsville, Illinois


WUCF Orlando, Florida


WRTC Hartford, CT


Zhenya Strigalev makes The Guardians’ ‘Take Five Blog’ from John Fordham’s list of musical milestones of June, 2012!!

John Fordham, the UK’s best known Jazz Critic, has chosen Zhenya Strigalev’s four-night CD launch extravaganza as one of his musical milestones for the month of June, 2012.  Click here to read the mention and also to listen to a track from Zhenya’s album ‘Smiling Organizm’ which we are happy to see included on the Guardian’s page alongside the review.

Anyone who was down at the launch gigs saw fireworks as the band consisted of Zhenya on alto sax, UK pianist Liam Noble and Steve Fishwick on trumpet turning out extraordinary performances, and a lethal bass team of Tim Lefebvre & WWR’s own Michael Janisch, who even did some dueling bass numbers where the bassists switched from both electric to double bass within the same tune.  On drums was the one and only Obed Calvaire, who raised the bar each night with his explosive yet highly musical drumming.

The press for ‘Smiling Organizm’ has been great around the club, stop by our Audio page to hear full track samplers, or click ‘Smiling Organizm‘ to visit his album page to hear previews of all the tracks as well as purchase if you so desire! We don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 🙂

Jeff Williams gets a great plug from Ethan Iverson on his widely read blog ‘Do the Math’


Fans of the Bad Plus’ pianist Ethan Iverson know that his super popular blog ‘Do the Math’ is one of the most widely read blogs on the internet by fans of jazz and improvised music.  That’s why we’re very excited to see Ethan take time out of his hectic touring schedule and give a shout out to Jeff’s latest album ‘Another Time’  You can see what he said here and spend some time on his blog if you haven’t read it before, it’s chalk-full of goodies and great, in-depth information on all things music!! Thanks Ethan!


To purchase ‘Another Time‘ as an album, MP3 digital album (w liner notes), or individual tracks, click HERE.

Nick Vayenas gets some love in Florida, hitting the airwaves now on 88.9 FM WDNA


‘Nick Vayenas’ is currently being spun and aired on radio stations across America, and now listeners in Florida can tune in and check some tracks out on the very popular jazz station 88.9 FM WDNA.  Here’s their site for more info— and copies of Nick’s album are flying off the shelves, so grab your copy here today.  The album features a bumper crop of world renown talent in Global World/Jazz Star guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Patrick Cornelius, pianist Dan Kauffman, bassist Vicente Archer, and Herbie Hancock /Terence Blanchard drummer Kendrick Scott.

Famed pianist George Colligan reviews Jeff William’s WWR album ‘Another Time’ on his widely read blog ‘The Jazz Truth’


World renown pianist and educator George Colligan has a great blog called ‘The Jazz Truth,’ which has a huge readership amongst jazz fans the world over. Recently he wrote a piece about Jeff Williams’ and his latest WWR release Another Time.  It’s great when an expert jazz musician gives insight into the music and so we thank George for taking the time to write about Jeff’s record.  Jeff released ‘Another Time’ end of 2011, and it’s still being wrote about in the press, a clear indicator of the world class quality of this notable release from a hugely experienced drumming legend whose career has now spanned across 40 years!  Click here to purchase ‘Another Time

‘Partikel brings the European jazz scene something incredibly dynamic and original’ says Danish Magazine ‘Gaffa DK’ with their 4 Star review of ‘Cohesion’


A glowing review of Partikel’s recent release ‘Cohesion’ has hit recently in the widely read Danish Magazine ‘Gaffa DK’   Partikel has seen a surge in press recently after an initial wave around their release date in January of this year. Just like in the UK, Mainland Europe have received the album well and we expect a lot more in the coming weeks.

Here is the google translate page for the review, and if you want to read in Danish, just simply click ‘turn translate off’

To purchase ‘Cohesion’ click here.

Zhenya Strigalev with live review of ‘Smiling Organizm’ launch dates. Still 3 days left, get down and see this band!


A great start last night to a 4 day official launch party by Zhenya Strigalev for his debut WWR album ‘Smiling Organizm‘ has just been reviewed over at London Jazz, click here.
The band features Zhenya at the helm alongside the mighty Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, Liam Noble on piano, special guest Obed Calvaire on drums, WWR’s Michael Janisch on double bass, and Steve Fishwick lighting it up on trumpet. People were on their feet the entire concert so expect more fireworks tonight through saturday.  One of the special treats was during the song ‘Fletcher’ when both bassists took to the stage to create some 4 string pandemonium!  Bands like this don’t assemble too often in London, so go check it out!

Zhenya Strigalev with major London launch dates June 13-16 at Charlie Wrights featuring Liam Noble, WWR’s own Michael Janisch, bass god Tim Lefebvre, and world renown drummer Obed Calvaire


Get ready London for the official launch party concerts for Zhenya Strigalev’s ‘Smiling Organizm‘ which we launched on June 4th worldwide.  Zhenya’s assembled an all star cast for the events at Charlie Wright’s in Shoreditch (east London) including UK Giants Steve Fishwick (trumpet) and Liam Noble (piano), alongside a few Americans: Michael Janisch (WWR owner & now resident in London) on double bass, Tim Lefebvre (L.A./NYC) on electric bass, and Obed Calvaire (NYC) on drums. These will be some shows NOT to miss so get your tickets today.  Zhenya will have a lot of albums for sale on the night which is the best way to get them, but if you can’t wait, visit his album page.


Here’s a promo video for the album/gigs and you can hear it all from the one and only Zhenya yourself: