WWR signs ‘New Focus’ the genre-breaking project by Euan Stevenson & Konrad Wiszniewski ft. jazz quartet, The Glasgow String Quartet, and Harp, out on NOV 5

Whirlwind Recordings is pleased to announce:

‘New Focus:’ Original music for Jazz Quartet, String Quartet, & Harp

by Euan Stevenson (Piano, Composer, Arranger) & Konrad Wiszniewski (Saxes, Compositions, Featured Soloist)

Launches November 12, 2012: Worlwide

We’ve been busy getting ready for our fall program of releases and looking forward into the new year.  Next up for announcement is a super special, completely unique and powerful project that will be launched worldwide on Nov 5, 2012 that we expect to make big waves across the creative music world for its unadulterated beauty and sophistication.  ‘New Focus’ contains original compositions for Jazz Quartet, String Quartet and Harp, and is a collaboration between two Scotsmen in Euan Stevenson (who contributes as a pianist, composer, and arranger/orchestrator) and Konrad Wiszniewski (who contributes as saxophonist, composer and featured soloist).  Excitedly, Euan and Konrad were given the chance to work with one of the leading string quartets in Britain, The Glasgow String Quartet who add lush sounds, drama, and highlight performances as they cascade through the music, while interweaving with the jazz rhythm sections players as if it were second nature.   Rounding off the ensemble is the powerhouse rhythm team of Alyn Cosker on drums and our very own Michael Janisch on double bass, as well as the virtuoso harpist Alina Bzhezhinska. The end product is original music showcasing a myriad of sounds, mixing the harmonies of the classical world with jazz quartet rhythms and improvisation, all held together with the subtle references and influences of Celtic Music, from the two leader’s homeland. We’ve built the ‘New Focus’ album page, and now you can read more and listen to preview tracks of the entire album here.

OR Listen to Euan and Konrad tell you about the project in their own words on their new promo video for ‘New Focus’ below.

‘New Focus’ excitedly will be on tour for the rest of the year as well, including a headlining performance at the London Jazz Festival at the Pizza Express Jazz Club (we’ll look forward to seeing all 9 performers on that intimate stage for two houses!).  Here’s a flyer of what’s in store, and check our Events page for more information and concerts.

ABOUT ‘NEW FOCUS’

Glasgow based Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski joins forces with fellow Scottish compatriot pianist/arranger Euan Stevenson in launching their award winning, genre-bending musical adventure ‘New Focus’ on Whirlwind Recordings Ltd. Featuring a unique amalgamation of classical string quartet meets jazz quartet plus harp, ‘New Focus’ showcases a cinematic soundscape of through-composed melodies meeting cutting edge improvisation, drawing upon influences from across the musical spectrum. This hefty nine-piece ensemble excitedly features The Glasgow String Quartet, (comprising some of the finest virtuosos from The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Scotland’s leading string quartet), alongside Stevenson on piano leading the first call drum and bass team of Alyn Cosker (drums) and Michael Janisch (bass), Wiszniewski at the helm on saxophones, and Alina Bzhezhinska on harp.
Stevenson’s tight knit arrangements offer concise, pleasing trajectories, preserving the original sentiment of each composition, enriching them with ever changing soundscapes of strings and harp. Wiszniewski’s tone (capable of sounding as sweet as Getz or as plaintive as Coltrane) tells parables of Polish ancestry while the arranger’s own crystalline piano laments for pit closures in a northern mining town. A powerhouse rhythm team (Michael Janisch, Alyn Cosker) provides a counterfoil, never allowing the music to become sentimental. This is music at its resourceful best; borrowing the harmonies and sonorities of the classical world, the tone poetry of Scottish Folk, the directness of pop, and all mixed with the bustling edginess of jazz rhythms and improvisation. Duke Ellington famously quipped that there were only two categories of music – good and bad. New Focus most definitely belongs to the former.

Following multiple 5-Star accolades for its inaugural performance at the 2011 Edinburgh International Jazz Festival,’New Focus’ launches on NOV. 5 2012 worldwide with full tour support. Whirlwind Recordings is pleased to release such a unique and powerful project.

“Outstanding original compositions by Wiszniewski and Stevenson… Wiszniewski brings world class fire and spontaneous creativity” ***** 5 Stars, The Herald.

“The most memorable concert of the 2011 Edinburgh International Jazz Festival…a real triumph” Jazzwise

WWR Signs pianist and composer Tom Gibbs for Oct 15 debut solo release ‘Fear of Flying’ featuring Will Vinson, Euan Burton, and James Maddren

Whirlwind Recordings is proud to announce the signing of a new & unique voice in contemporary jazz and improvised music. Tom Gibbs, a Scottish native currently based in Glasgow, is a formidable pianist, improvisor and composer of extraordinary talent, and will release his debut solo album ‘Fear of Flying’ with us on the 15th of October, 2012 worldwide (on over 50 digital retailers as well as over 12 countries in stores around the globe). The album will feature NYC based alto saxophonist Will Vinson, WWR Artist and long time collaborator Euan Burton on double bass, and London’s most in-demand young drummer James Maddren, who all turn our stellar performances.

Gibbs has a penchant for mixing highly lyrical melodies, lush harmonies, and tricksy rhythms, in a style that is highly original and comes from an honest place, and both his piano playing and compositions unfold with an almost cinematic elegance.  His influences are diverse as well, as he’s traveled the globe learning from such notable musicians as Jason Moran and Ralph Alessi, while studying in the UK with the one and only John Taylor on piano, and all the while developing a highly unique voice mixing the native sounds of Scotland with the music from the Americas and Europe. ‘Fear of Flying’ will be Gibbs first official solo album, following up from his joint venture with Euan Burton titled ‘Forgotton Things’ which featured NYC heavyweights Ari Hoenig and Gilad Hekselman.  We’ve built the ‘Fear of Flying’ album page and you can now listen to preview tracks of the entire album to get a glimpse of what’s in store from this special pianist/composer. We’re expecting great things from Tom this fall, and also check the EVENTS section for his UK wide tour, which will feature all the guys from the record.  Here’s the album cover below, and the official album blurb is under that.


ABOUT ‘FEAR OF FLYING’ BY TOM GIBBS:

Glasgow based Pianist, Composer, and Sound Architect Tom Gibbs certainly knows how to craft a song, and his debut solo release contains melodies, moods, and soundscapes that will make you wonder why you haven’t heard of him before. Whirlwind Recordings is proud to present ‘Fear of Flying,’ a sparkling debut glistening with the type of musical character that will firmly establish Gibb’s as one of the stand-out contemporary pianist/bandleaders working on the European creative music scene today. Featuring ten tracks of powerful, melodic, and shape-shifting music played by a bumper-crop of world-class artists, ‘Fear of Flying’ features long time collaborator Euan Burton on double bass alongside newer musical friends in leading NYC-based Saxophonist Will Vinson and London drumming sensation James Maddren.

The compositions on ‘Fear of Flying’ are distinctive and powerful; these are melodies that will stay with you, and they serve to illustrate why mentor (and world renown pianist) John Taylor dubbed him ‘inspiring’. Gibbs’ modus operandi is simple: “I usually start off with some chords that attract me, then I’m playing away and singing at the piano until a tune sticks.” This ‘songs without words’ quality permeates the record, and one of the pianist’s hallmarks is his ability to maintain a lyrical focus even as the music becomes harmonically and rhythmically complex. Tunes like ‘Jumanji’ and ‘Seventy Eight’ are eminently singable, yet difficult for even the schooled musician to perform. Although the sources for these pieces are varied, the resulting body of work makes a satisfying whole. Recent fatherhood is an obvious inspiration, and the title of ‘Rebecca Song’ and its melody are both derived from his daughter’s name. The Blues formed the starting point for ‘Farming Stock’ when Gibbs tried to play a gut-bucket twelve-bar backwards, eventually sending the song in the direction of a mangled Scottish reel which builds in intensity to its completion.

It’s not all conceptualization, seriousness and virtuosity though, for on this recording you can hear the fun that the musicians had in the studio, as they playfully navigate through Gibbs’ compositions with effortless mastery. Spearheaded by heavyweight saxophonist Will Vinson (an Englishman arguably better known in his adopted city of New York than on home soil), prodigious drummer James Maddren (who plays in both the Gwilym Simcock and Kit Downes Trio), and Double Bassist Euan Burton, (Tom’s oldest ally who hired him for his first-ever paid gig), these highly-skilled musicians lay down some of their best individual performances on a record to date.

‘Fear of Flying’ took these friends, old and new, to Castlesound Studios, the finest studio in Scotland, and worth noting only four miles down the road from where the Gibbs was born. The result? A highly personal debut from Gibbs, blending the pure bliss of music making with the complexities and creative sounds of the contemporary Scottish, NYC, and the European improvised-music scenes. In reference to Gibb’s music, Radio Scotland has said it best: ‘Go along and be amazed.’ With this album, we now bring Gibbs’ unique vision of music to you.

Zhenya Strigalev with glowing 4 Star review in Bass Guitar Magazine

Zhenya Strigalev released ‘Smiling Organizm‘ with us just in May this year, and it was met with a storm of great press from around the globe. Featuring an all star cast of musicians in Liam Noble on piano, Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, Larry Grenadier on double bass, and Eric Harland on drums, ‘Smiling Organizm’ is a mashed up, no holds barred sprint through nu-funk meets hard-bop meets free improv meets punk meets dixieland and more, and features an eclectic and broad palette compositional approach by the leader as well.

We’ve just received news that Bass Guitar Magazine has given the album 4 stars and a great review to boot. We’ve cropped it and pasted it below. And under that, feel free to enjoy one of the tracks from Zhenya’s album.

 

And the press starts rolling in for Jim Hart with 4 Star review from ‘Marlbank’ + New Full-Track Sampler on our Audio/Soundcloud Page

 

Readers of Jazzwise magazine will undoubtedly know the name Stephen Graham, who for many years was the assistant editor of the magazine, helping it become one of the premier jazz mags in the world today.  Recently, Graham has started his own creative music/music industry blog site called ‘Marlbank’ and many in the world of jazz have already bookmarked it as a great source of information on what’s going on in our sound-world.  Recently, he’s posted a very favorable review of Jim Hart’s upcoming release ‘The Cloudmakers Trio’ featuring the iconic trumpeter Ralph Alessi, and even gives WWR a shout-out as well.  Click here to read this 4 star reviewClick here to visit the new album page for Cloudmakers Trio, which was recorded Live at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, and excitedly will be released on Sept 10th worldwide.

And also of big news is that we’ve added a full-track sampler of Jim’s new album on our Audio page, check it out below. This also appears on our new soundcloud page as well. Happy listening!

Tickets now on sale for the NOV 11 performance of Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch ft. Greg Osby in Birmingham

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet performance featuring the iconic saxophonist & sound architect Greg Osby in Birmingham at the Hare and Hounds on NOV 11 of this year. The band will be on a major European tour supporting the release of their debut album ‘Banned in London’ also featuring Raynald Colom on trumpet and Rudy Royston on drums. This concert is in association with Nu Century Arts and will also feature a daytime workshop. More information and tickets can be found here.

Here’s the initial news post we made on this exciting international super group, and to visit their comprehensive website, click here.

Finally, here’s a little clip from what happened on last years tour:

Bassist-on-a-roll Euan Burton with review for ‘Occurrences’ in the The Guardian

 

Euan Burton, the Scotland native bassist who recently won ‘Rising Star’ in the Scottish Jazz Awards released ‘Occurrences’ with us in just May of this year, and he’s had a storm of great press hit since, with more coming on the horizon. The Guardian has just done an article here by John Fordham the UK’s leading jazz critic.  For more information on Euan’s album, which features Will Vinson, Steve Hamilton, WWR’s Mark McKnight, and James Maddren, click here.  As always thank you for your support.

Whirlwind Recordings announces the signing of legendary Composer & Arranger Mike Gibbs for 2013 release with his 12-piece ensemble featuring music from Gil Evans + more

 

Mike Gibbs + 12 Piece Ensemble

set for 2013 release on

Whirlwind Recordings

As we prepare for our Fall releases we’re also looking into 2013 and starting to announce the signings of new artists.  We’re ultra elated to be sharing the news about a very special project that we will be releasing in 2013.  Mike Gibbs, the legendary Composer and Arranger who has worked with none other than Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Michael Mantler, Mike Stern, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston and Peter Gabriel across four decades has confirmed he will record for WWR for his next release featuring his 12 piece ensemble. This is a major signing for WWR and we’re honored to be working with such an influential icon of contemporary creative music.  Mike’s music and arrangements will be recorded in DEC of 2012 in London across two days and be released sometime soon after in 2013.  More information will be made available as it develops. 

Musically speaking, we defer to Mike who has offered this statement on what is in store for this special release:

“The programme for this album is twofold – half devoted to some adaptions of arrangements of Gil Evans – which we originally designed for some concerts we did with Hans Kollers 12 piece ensemble to commemorate Gils’ 100th anniversary. The second half –  comprises  some new(-ish) arrangements/compositions of mine. These were also scheduled for the same performances in 2012. The pleasure we had gigging with this ensemble of stellar players prompted the idea of a recording for Whirlwind Recordings.”

The program of music is looking to include:

Gil Evans pieces were:
WAIT TILL YOU SEE HER
SPRING IS HERE
SISTER SADIE
BILBAO SONG
LAS VEGAS TANGO
ST. LOUIS BLUES

My arrangements:
FALLING GRACE
IDA LUPINO
ANTIQUE
MISTERIOSO
SKIPPY
ROUND ‘MIDNIGHT

— Mike Gibbs

 

Mikes’ ensemble includes an eclectic mix of instruments played by some of the UK’s most celebrated creative musicians, which will showcase a broad range of soundscapes and dynamics as a result of this unique instrumentation:  WWR Artist and legendary drummer Jeff Williams, Finn Peters on alto saxophone and flutes, Lluis Mather on saxophones and clarinets, Julian Siegel on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Joe Aukland Robbie Robson and Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Jim Rattigan on French Horn, Sarah Williams on bass trombone, Mark Nightingale on trombone, WWRs Michael Janisch on double bass, and Hans Koller on piano.  This ensemble has worked extensively under the direction of leading-light & German-born, London-based pianist and composer Hans Koller, who has been instrumental in collaborating with Mike and making this entire project a reality, so we’re really greatful for Han’s input into this entire project.

Needless to say, this will be a major release for us here, and we’ll keep everyone updated with developments as they come in.

 

Here’s Mike’s official biography:

Mike Gibbs is a composer, arranger and trombonist. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Boston, he has worked with many of the leading lights of the music world including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Michael Mantler, Mike Stern, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston and Peter Gabriel.

Mike Gibbs was born September 25th, 1937, in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) and grew up playing trombone and piano. In 1959 he relocated to the USA, where he enrolled at Berklee College of Music, Boston. In the summer of 1960 he obtained a full scholarship to Lenox School of Jazz, where he studied with Gunther Schuller, George Russell and J.J.Johnson. He graduated from Boston Conservatory of Music (B.Mus) in 1963 and subsequently secured a full scholarship at Tanglewood Summer School where he studied with the likes of Aaron Copland, Iannis Xenakis, Gunther Schuller and Lukas Foss. By this stage he had already made his recording debut (1962) as arranger and composer for Gary Burton with Phil Woods, Tommy Flanagan and Joe Morello.

In 1964 Mike moved from the USA to the UK where he went on to play trombone for the likes of Tubby Hayes, Graham Collier, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. He also worked as a studio musician for radio, television, film and music albums, as well as doing arranging work in these contexts. Between 1968 and 1974 he worked with his own bands, playing concerts, clubs and radio broadcasts in UK and Europe; he also performed his music with radio bands of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Hamburg and with the Hannover Radio Symphony. In the early 70’s he won several Melody Maker Awards, including First Composer, Best Big Band, Musician of the Year, First Arranger and his own album In the Public Interest was voted Best Album of 1974.

By the late 1960’s Mike Gibbs was generally recognised as being one of the leading younger composer/arrangers in Jazz. He had already absorbed his main influences (Gil Evans, Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen) and found his own sound and style. His buoyant rock rhythms and his use of assymetry anticipated the jazz-rock movement of the 1970’s and compositions as Family Joy, Oh Boy! and Tanglewood ’63 showed extraordinary melodic gifts as well as great orchestral sonority. In particular, his writing for the lower instruments was often powerfully dramatic and his work already showed considerable emotional resonance, ranging from the ominous brooding of And On The Third Day to the irrepresible high spirits of Family Joy,Oh Boy – one of the most joyous compositions in jazz or any other music. His composition Sweet Rain has been recorded many times (Stan Getz, Stephane Grappelli, Gary Burton, Randy Weston et al) and is now something of a jazz standard.

In 1974, Mike returned to the USA to take up the post of Composer-In-Residence at Berklee College of Music, but continued to do occasional tours and concerts with his own bands as well as performances with European Radio Bands and Orchestras. In the early 1980’s he also worked briefly as a producer for Elektra/Asylum records.

In 1983, Mike resigned his post at Berklee to freelance in New York for two years, then moved back to London in ’85. In 1988 he resumed recording with his own ensembles, resulting in the highly praised Big Music album for Virgin/Venture; he also returned to live performance, notably in 1991 with John Scofield for a UK national tour and in 1995 with Gary Burton and the NDR Big Band for a radio concert.

Over the years, Mike Gibbs has composed and arranged music for films, television, albums, ballet, jazz groups, symphony orchestras and is equally conversant in modern, traditional, jazz and classical styles. His recent projects include a composition for Bill Frisell and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (Bloods of Dust); a piece for London Brass (About Face); an album of European Folk Music (Europeana) for Joachim Kuhn with the Hannover Radio Symphony; music for Bill Forsyth’s film (Gregory’s Two Girls); arranging and conducting a concert of Ellington music in Weimar with Gary Burton and NDR Big Band and Radio Symphony Orchestra; and for the academic year 1999/2000, he took up a part-time professorship in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the Sibelius Academy Jazz Dept. in Helsinki.

In 2001, Mike recorded his debut album for Provocateur Records titled Nonsequence travelling to Hamburg and New York to complete the sessions.

‘Gibbs music is full of intriguing inner detail that does not deflect from the ultimate destiny of his pieces.’ BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

 

Big news: Rachael Cohen debut album ‘Halftime’ set for release NOV 18th 2013

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Whirlwind Recordings is very excited to announce we have signed our first female artist to our growing roster of international talent.  Rachael Cohen, originally from the Shetland Islands off the northern coast of Scotland, is an alto saxophonist and composer on the rise, with an infectious tone and an uncanny-storytelling-ability-when-improvising that defies her age.   As of late, her performances and composing skills have gained her a great deal of attention and some major awards and nominations from the UK Jazz Press & Community.  One of Rachael’s best attributes is her lyrical and controlled phrasing when improvising, which she delivers with the ease and sophistication of someone twice her age.  And her sidewoman credentials are very impressive, performing already with such notables as Joe Locke, Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith, John Hollenbeck, Donny McCaslin, Phil Robson, and Gary Versace.   Currently based in London, she regularly leads her trio and quartet projects and has been developing a program of music for her debut album which will be released on October 28th 2013.  Her confirmed quartet is an exciting cast of players with a big special guest: with regular member of her trio Jim Bashford on drums, bassist Calum Gourlay (who appears on WWR Artist George Crowley’s debut album) & special guest and WWR Artist Phil Robson on guitar, we’re very excited by the music Rachel has captured in the studio and equally excited to be involved with releasing her debut album to the world. Expect big things from Rachael in 2013.   Much more information to come, but for more info on Rachael in the time being, visit her new website here: rachaelcohenmusic.com/

 

Here’s Rachael’s official biography, and after that enjoy a clip of her from you tube of a recent gig in London.

IMG_0741xs(1.5)Whirlwind Recordings is proud to introduce Scottish saxophonist Rachael Cohen. Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands, Rachael began her musical education on the piano at the tender age of 4. She picked up the saxophone five years later, and quickly racked up an impressive amount of experience and accolades, kindling an early passion for playing jazz.

When she was 12, Miss Cohen’s family moved south from the Shetlands to Edinburgh, and she enrolled in the acclaimed City of Edinburgh Music School. There she studied with some of the UK’s most admired musicians, including saxophonist Martin Kershaw and pianist Lynda Cochrane. As a star member of both the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra, she played alongside great British and International artists such as Joe Locke, Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith, Michael Janisch, Ryan Quigley, Mark Bassy, and Mark Lockheart, and in spectacular venues like London’s Southbank Centre, the CBSO Centre Birm, Glasgow City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, The HUB Edin, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Fest, Glasgow Jazz Fest, and the now-defunct IAJE Convention in Toronoto, Ontario, Canada.
In 2006, Rachael won a scholarship to enroll in Jazz Studies at The Birmingham Conservatoire to study with Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Mike Williams, Hans Koller, and the late Tony Levin. Additionally, she sought out tutelage from touring artists Dave Holland, George Garzone, Lee Konitz, Mike Gibbs, Donny McCaslin, Phil Robson, Ingrid Laubrock, and Jon Irabagon during their local engagements. She even supplied the lead alto role in John Hollenbeck’s big band project, which included the talents of New York vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and piano/organ sensation Gary Versace.
Upon commencement from Birmingham Conservatoire, Rachael immersed herself in the UK’s vast creative music scene, composing for and performing with local ensembles like Nick Jurd’s Quartet, Jonathan Silk’s Big Band, and her own Quartet and Trio. She can be heard regularly at The Yardbird Jazz Club, The Rainbow, and Symphony Hall.
Rachael is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious “Stepping Up” Birmingham Jazz Grant, awarded to assist documenting the music of her working trio since 2008. The result will be released by Whirlwind Recordings Ltd, which has become one of the fastest growing and most talked-about new imprints for creative music. Cohen is also to become the first female leader to release on Whirlwind’s impressive growing roster of international talent.
 

WWR signs Cuban-born, NYC-based Pianist Aruán Ortiz for OCT release

Whirlwind Recordings announces the official signing of the world-class composer, producer, pianist, and educator Aruán Ortiz, a Cuban-Native currently residing in NYC.
Aruán will be releasing his debut WWR release alongside his co-leader (& WWR’s own) Michael Janisch in their collective project titled the Aruán Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet featuring the iconic alto saxophonist and sound architect Greg Osby.  Also featured in the band is Spanish trumpeter Raynald Colum and NYC first call drummer Rudy Royston.  Aruán and Michael have been performing together for over a decade since meeting at their alma mater the Berklee College of Music and started their new project last year with a major tour around Europe.  The music was then recorded at the end of the tour at a sold out London Jazz Festival headlining Performance at the famed Pizza Express Jazz Club, where the band was caught at the top of their game.  The music captured was exploratory, dynamic, and unbelievably energetic, and we’re very excited to release their debut album ‘BANNED IN LONDON’ this OCT, and we’re equally excited about having Aruán on board as one of our new artists.
For more information on Aruán and Michael’s project visit their website:  www.aomjquintet.com/

For more information on Aruan, Visit: aruan-ortiz.com/#_

 

Aruan Ortiz Biography:

Aruán Ortiz, “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” (BET Jazz), hit the ground running when he came on the American jazz scene in 2003. A former classically trained violist and pianist, this Santiago de Cuba native’s sound is as marked by the influence of the contemporary classical composers such as Schoenberg, Ravel, and Copland as by traditional Afro Cuban sounds and jazz greats Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Thelonious Monk.

Aruán’s jazz career took off in Europe after being recipient of various awards including Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000) and Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001). He soon became a first call pianist in Barcelona and Paris. Since arriving in the US, he has played steadily with Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, and Cindy Blackman. He has also played or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Gary Thomas, Wayne Krantz, Rasheed Ali, Stefon Harris, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Giovanni Hidalgo, George Garzone, Jane Bunnett, and Jerry Bergonzi among other great jazz artists.

Aruán considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and incorporates classical music, Middle Eastern, African, and Afro Cuban rhythmic elements into his compositions. This is evident in his recordings Impresión Tropical, Universal 1996; Aruán Ortiz Trio, Vol. 1 (Ayva/Pimienta/Universal, 2004); and Alameda (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2009), which received 4 stars in the Jazzwise magazine from UK and named it one of the Top Ten Jazz CDs of the year.

Aruán’s ability to subtly incorporate world music elements into avant‐garde jazz makes his sense of creativity unique and recognizable in different styles. This musical vision led him to be featured on dozens of albums such as the Flamenco influenced recording Evocación by Raynald Colom (Ad Lib Arts/Harmonia Mundi 2009), Jure Pukl‘s Crazy (2010) Esperanza Spalding’s Junjo (Ayva Música, 2005), Arturo Stable’s Notes on Canvas (Origen Records, 2005) and Calls (Origen Records, 2009), Russell Kirk’s Path to Journal Square (Inner Circle Music, 2009), Christoph Seigrist’s Welcome to the Blues World (Fresh Sound 2010), Ligia França’s Meu mundo e hoje (Caligula Records 2010). In 2010, Aruán recorded on the innovative jazz album by Wallace Roney, If Only for One Night (High Note) and was invited by flutist Mark Weinstein to produce and arrange a CD, “El Cumbanchero,” inspired by the traditional music of Cuba for string quintet, flute, piano and percussion. He won 2011 Latin Jazz Arrangement of the Year for the title track.

The music of his upcoming CD Santiarican Blues Suite (Sunnyside Records, 2012) was commissioned by the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre for the 25th anniversary of the company and heralded as “one of the finest works of modern music” by Latin Jazz Network. The ballet “Pagan or Not” by Jose Mateo was selected one of the best ballet performances in New England in 2011.

Aruán Ortiz is a critically acclaimed and recognized performer, composer, producer and educator on the New York City scene and around the world.

Euan Burton & Partikel with heavy praise in ‘Jazz UK’ this month.

JazzUK gives both Euan Burton’s Occurrences and Partikel’s Cohesion some heavy praise in this month’s issue.  We’ve taken a snapshot of the mention below.