New album page for Jim Hart’s ‘Cloudmakers Trio’ featuring Ralph Alessi !!

We’re very excited to report that we’ve built the album page for Jim Hart’s debut WWR Release ‘Cloudmakers Trio’ featuring Ralph Alessi. Now you can read about the album, as well as hear previews of each of the tracks.  This is Jim’s fourth album as a leader and we’re anticipating this release to make a big splash on the international scene.  Hart is one of Europe’s most in demand vibraphonists and has been heralded by press in Europe and the USA as a major force on the instrument as well as a composer of immense talent. Jim‘s debut WWR release features his new project ‘The Cloudmakers Trio‘ which is made up of WWR’s own Michael Janisch on double bass and David Smith on Drums.  The trio has performed for nearly 7 years together in various projects, collaborating with artists like alto saxophonist Logan Richardson, and embarked on their debut tour last year with special guest Ralph Alessi, one of the world’s most celebrated trumpeter and composers.  Luckily, the music was recorded at the famed Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho London, and five epic tracks from the live performance appear on the album.  The album launches officially on Sept 10 2012, and the group will be announcing some tour dates very soon.  For now, enjoy the preview tracks and we’ll have more information soon on this special release…

WWR Artist & Scottish Bassist/Producer/Composer Euan Burton wins ‘Rising Star’ in Jazz Awards…

WWR Artists on a roll in 2012!

Big news comes in last night as WWR Artist Euan Burton (who released ‘Occurrences‘ with us in May and has been receiving a glowing showing in the press ever since) wins the award for ‘Rising Star / Emerging Artist’ in the 2012 Scottish Jazz Awards.  No doubt Euan’s remarkable album which showcases his production, compositional and bass talent was instrumental in him becoming nominated, so all of us at WWR are very excited about the news.  Big Congrats goes to Euan!  Euan joins other WWR artists Phil Robson and Alex Garnett this year who have also been racking up awards and nominations for their latest WWR releases.

‘Occurrences’ features a bumper crop of musicians in Will Vinson alto sax, WWR Artist Mark McKnight on guitar, Steve Hamilton piano, & James Maddren on drums who develop a 7-song suite of music all penned by the bassist.  Click HERE to be taken to the ‘Occurrences’ Album page for purchasing information and to hear tracks from the album.

The Scottish Jazz Awards is Scotland’s most prestigious annual jazz awards ceremony and its aim is to highlight Scotland’s jazz music, in all its forms, and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring their music and music industry into the spotlight of the media and the public.  It is organized and administered by the Scottish Jazz Federation. More information can be found here.

Partikel with new Promotional Video for ‘Cohesion’

 

Hot off the press!!  We’ve just posted the very spiffy new promo video for Partikel’s debut WWR release ‘Cohesion.’  There’s some great footage of the band in action as well as some insight on how they work as a unit, having developed their personal sound over the last six years.   We’ve also added it to their album page, check it out here.

 

You can catch more of Partikel in action on their dedicated playlist on our growing you tube channel by clicking here.
 

The new and improved WWR Album page design…

 

We’re always thinking of ways to improve your experience while browsing our site, and ways to better inform you about the great music we have on offer.  After nearly two years of development and playing around with things, we present our newest album design, which features every bit of information and purchasing options we could think of to date.  Each album page now has a title block with album credits and cover pic, a Promo Video (still working on a few but will be uploaded soon), an album biography and press highlight box. For purchasing, we have made it possible to buy our albums as a Physical CD, MP3 album w/ Liner Notes, or purchase individual tracks.  Also, each track has a sample preview so you can hear some of the highlights of the record.  On the horizon, we’ll have the composer’s scores available for purchase, but for now take a look and listen to the releases we have to offer and happy surfing! Thanks for your continued support.

 

Check out guitarist Phil Robson’s Album page for his WWR release ‘The Immeasurable Code’ below, or to see it live, click HERE.

 

Nick Vayenas gets some love from Conn-Selmer and on the Downbeat Magazine website for the month of July

 

Nick Vayenas is currently saturating the airwaves across a good part of the western world with music from his self titled release.  He’s also had a nice mention of the album from the Conn-Selmer site here.  Nick endorses their horns and we’re thankful they’ve helped spread the message about his release.  And look out for Nick for the next month on the homepage of Downbeat magazine.  Click Here to purchase his debut WWR album, featuring Lionel Loueke, Patrick Cornelius, Dan Kauffman, Vicente Archer, and Kendrick Scott.

Euan Burton with another 4 Star review for WWR debut ‘Occurrences’ by The Jazz Mann

Scottish double bassist, composer, and producer Euan Burton released ‘Occurrences’ with us in May of this year (which features Will Vinson, Steve Hamilton, Mark McKnight, James Maddren), and it’s been highly received by fans, musicians, and critics alike the world over.  Here’s the latest 4 Star, in-depth review from Ian Mann over at his Jazz Mann site.

We’ve also re-designed the ‘Occurrences’ page here on our site, with more information and the new Promo Video.  Check it out and if you’re so inclined, you can now purchase as a physical CD, MP3 Album (w/ Liner Notes & 320 bit rate), or even individual MP3 tracks, which have become a popular buying option as of late since we introduced this feature.  Remember, when you buy from our site, you’re buying directly from the artists’ themselves, and no money goes into the hands of large corporations or any other third parties.  This helps us continue to do what we do.  Thanks for your support!

The promo videos keep-a-comin’– George Crowley’s ‘Paper Universe’ official video out now…

We’re delighted to report that we’ve uploaded the new promotional video for London based saxophonist-on-the-rise George Crowley and his WWR debut album (not to mention his personal debut!!!) ‘Paper Universe’  We’ve also redesigned his album page here.

George’s album has received some very high praise and has been called “One of the outstanding UK jazz débuts of recent years’ (The Jazz Mann), with other critics singing the same tune. The album features long-time associates Kit Downes on piano (Mercury Award Nominee artist), Scottish born, London-based bassist Calum Gourlay, and the first call young drummer James Maddren (who also appears on a few other WWR releases).

Here’s the video below, Enjoy!

Phil Robson with new Promo Video for ‘The Immeasurable Code’ just in time for his major fall tour.

 

Internationally acclaimed solo artist, guitar-demon, composer, educator and all around cool guy Phil Robson has just started a major tour playing music from his late 2011 release ‘The Immeasurable Code.’  Featuring the iconic saxophonist Mark Turner, Downbeat Critics Poll Star Flautist Gareth Lockrane, WWR’s own powerhouse double bassist Michael Janisch, and Cuban-born, NYC/London resident drummer Ernesto Simpson, the album has been received amazingly well in the international press and has earned Robson some big accolades, such as a nomination for the ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ for the 2012 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, ‘London Art Awards’ Jazz Category in 2012, and also made the Best Album (critcs list) Jazzwise Magazine, 2011.

To Coincide with his new tour, we’ve made a new promo video for ‘The Immeasurable Code’ and also had it embedded into his album page, which you can view by clicking here, to read more, or to purchase.
Here’s the video, happy watching:

New promo video for Andre Canniere ‘Forward Space’ + New Album Page Design

We’ve got a new promo video for Andre Canniere’s ‘Forward Space‘ album, which we released in early 2012.  Forward Space seriously put Andre on the map, gaining him one of the only 5 Star reviews of 2012 from The Guardian.  We’ve also updated his album page to include the video as well.  All of our album pages are currently being re-designed so that all the possible information on the album is all on one page.  Please enjoy the video below, and happy listening!

 

 

 

Press Highlights

“Forward Space is a promising blend of punchy Latin-funk, fusion guitar effects, loop-pattern pieces, sighing horn-led melodies – and clever writing, which establishes an exhilarating collective strength.”
The Guardian ***** (5 Stars)

‘One of the best debut recordings in a long time…a real gem’
4 Stars, Jazzwise

“Insanely Infectious…An intelligent and stimulating amalgam of jazz and rock elements. For all their jazz sophistication Canniere’s tunes often have a song like structure and flair for melody”
The Jazz Mann

“An impressive debut from a technically assured, highly individual soloist and a gifted composer.”
London Jazz

“An interesting UK debut that reveals a thoughtful musician with an open mind to his craft”
UK Vibe

“Canniere demonstrates an ability to mix and match influences from different genres to create an original concoction all his own….Canniere takes his inspirations from world politics and economics as well as from his own family, rendering Forward Space never predictable, but always played from the heart.”
All About Jazz

“The music on Forward Space presents a powerful argument for directness and visceral experience in jazz”
Music OMH

“The trumpet/guitar timbral contrast is used most effectively, and the writing is rich, making this very much a group session rather than leaving lots of room for conventional soloing against a holding rhythm section”
Jazz Breakfast (Jazz Blog Site)

“London-based US jazz and classical trumpeter Canniere leads his hugely talented post-bop fusion band through propulsive originals from new album ‘Forward Space’. Packed with heavy modern grooves and artful melodies, it’s the perfect vehicle for the trumpeter’s engaging angular solos.”
Time Out

“The music takes off most impressively in the edgier groove-based tunes like ‘Crunch’, ‘Lost in Translation’ and the title track, but they also investigate more gently impressionistic material in a couple of tunes, and Canniere’s concluding dedication to his infant son, ‘Song For J’, on which he plays all the instruments, is very pretty.”
The List

 

 

 

‘Nick Vayenas’ radio update across the USA

 

Nick Vayenas self titled WWR release continues to saturate the airwaves across the USA.  Featuring Vayenas on Vocals, Trombone, and Trumpet alongside Jazz/World music stars Lionel Loueke on guitar, Kendrick Scott on drums, Patrick Cornelius on saxophones, Vicente Archer on double bass, ‘Nick Vayenas’ has nearly sold out its first printing within literally 1 month of being released!  More information and to purchase, click HERE.

Printed below is the recent list of radio play he’s gotten for his album, and you can listen in for the next few weeks and months in some cases, just check the various websites in your area.

 

WSME
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
www.wmse.org/

KUNV
Las Vegas, NV
www.kunv.org/

WSCA
Portsmouth, NH
portsmouthcommunityradio.org/

WWVU
Morgantown, WV
couldnt find website

KVNF
Paonia, CO
www.kvnf.org/

Maine Public Broadcasting
Maine
www.mpbn.net/

WRTI
Philadelphia, PA
www.wrti.org/

WSUM
Madison, Wisconsin
www.wsum.org/

WUNH
Durham, New Hampshire
www.wunh.org/

WXCI
Danbury, CT
wxci.wcsu.edu/

KVMR
Nevada City, CA
www.kvmr.org/

KBEM
Minneapolis, Minnesota
jazz88.mpls.k12.mn.us/

WBLU
Twin Lakes, Michigan
www.bluelake.org/radio.html

KSVY
Sonoma Valley, California
sunfmtv.com/?page_id=2079

WHFC
Bel Air, Maryland
www.whfc911.org/

WICN
Worcester, MA
www.wicn.org/

KKFI
Kansas City, MO
www.kkfi.org/donate.php

KBOO
Portland, OR
kboo.fm/

WRUW
Cleveland, OH
www.wruw.org/

KLCC
Eugene, OR
www.klcc.org/

KRFC
Fort Collins, CO
www.krfcfm.org/

KSJD
Mancos, CO
www.ksjd.org/

WPKN
Bridgeport, CN
www.wpkn.org/wp/

WEMU
Ypsilanti, MI
www.wemu.org/

WGXC
Hudson, NY
www.wgxc.org/