New Promotional Video for Tom Gibbs’ Fear of Flying ft Will Vinson Sax, Euan Burton bass, James Maddren Drums for OCT 15 release.


We’re very excited to announce the new promo video for Glasgow-based pianist and composer Tom Gibbs’ Oct 15 release ‘Fear of Flying’ has been added to his album page, artist page, and now Tom has his own playlist on our WWR You Tube page.  The buzz is really starting to grow for this special release which showcases Tom’s skills as a formidable composer and skilled pianist.  The music incorporates many different genres, touching on jazz, contemporary classical, cinematic, film score, rock, soul… plus more, and features stellar performances by Will Vinson on alto sax, Euan Burton on double bass, and James Maddren on drums.  Tom is a special talent and we’re elated to be helping him bring his unique vision of music to the world.  Enjoy the video below, and more to come as the press campaign gets underway.


Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch’s ‘Banned in London’ now with preview tracks and new soundcloud site!


On Oct 29, 2012 we’re releasing the debut album of one of the most exciting new contemporary groups operating in contemporary music: the Aruan Ortiz and Michael Janisch Quintet. Their debut album titled ‘Banned in London’ is pressed and ready to go, and we’ve got sounds for you now on their album page.  They have also just launched their brand new Soundcloud page, and completely updated their website with new information on their CD release tour which includes a major headlining spot again this year at the London Jazz Festival.

This quintet features some serious stars of the contemporary jazz world, and the featured special guest of the ensemble is the one and only Greg Osby on alto saxophone, Spanish trumpeter Raynald Colom, and first call NYC-based drummer Rudy Royston.  We’re very excited about this release to say the least, and just check out some of the fireworks that went down when this album was recorded live at a sell out Pizza Express Jazz Club at the London Jazz Festival in NOV 2011, by checking out all their new preview tracks below.  It’s safe to say that this will be one of the most electrifying albums put out this year in the contemporary jazz world– just hear for yourself below.  As one of the reviewers who was at the live recording summed up: “The atmosphere in the Pizza Express was tremendous, with each solo throughout attracting a voluminous and enthusiastic response from the crowd…the AO/MJ Quintet featuring Greg Osby delivered a mesmerizing performance…”

Another 4 star review from Financial Times and Great review from All About Jazz for Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers ft Ralph Alessi!


This last week has been busy for Jim Hart.  Not only did he get married and went on his honeymoon, he also launched his 4th album just two days ago which features his new working band ‘The Cloudmakers Trio’ featuring Ralph Alessi from NYC on trumpet.  And with that has come a flood of high praise from around the international jazz press.

Just in are two great reviews. Here’s a short and sweet 4 Star Financial Times review and check out what All About Jazz has to say about the album here.

Of course you don’t have to just read about it, it’s music after all–listen to preview tracks of the entire Live album here:

IT’S OFFICIAL! Jim Hart’s The Cloudmakers Trio ft. Ralph Alessi launches worldwide today!


Whirlwind Recordings announces the official release of:

Jim Hart’s The Cloudmakers Trio: Live at the Pizza Express today! 

Featuring Jim Hart: Vibes, Compositions

Ralph Alessi: Trumpet, Compositions

Michael Janisch, Double Bass

Dave Smith, Drums

CLICK HERE to listen to previews and purchase this album in CD Format, Digital Album (320 bit rate w/ Liner Notes), or individual tracks from our slick new ecommerce site!



The album was recorded live during Hart’s UK tour in 2010 at the famed Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London and includes Jim’s new working group– ‘The Cloudmakers Trio’– featuring percussionist extraordinaire Dave Smith alongside WWR’s own Michael Janisch on double bass.  What’s more is that the album features the immense trumpet playing of one of the world’s preeminent creative musicians in Ralph Alessi, currently based in NYC. 



“It’s clever, lyrical, immaculately performed contemporary jazz.”
4 Stars, The Guardian

“The instrumentation and the playing styles of all four guarantee lots of lovely space, and their ability to build intensity without ever shouting or getting rowdy makes for an absolutely compelling listen. The recording sound is excellent. A triumph from Whirlwind Recordings.”
The Jazz Breakfast

“The vibraphone remains one of the great unsung heroes of jazz’s arsenal but young British virtuoso Jim Hart has the wit and invention to make its mercurial charms immediately and abundantly apparent.”
The Metro

“[Harts’] flowing solos, unison lines and counterpoint passages with trumpeter [Ralph Alessi] give an indication as to why he was one of the small number of Brits nominated in this years Down Beat Poll…”
Bebop Spoken Here

“They share an interest in maze-like melodies and tricksy time signatures – but they don’t let their music’s intelligence furrow either their brows or the audience’s….what a bright idea this meeting of sympathetic minds had been”
4 Stars, The Guardian

“A classy release, with great artwork and live sound… the Cloudmakers allow once more a good hard look at Jim Hart’s outstanding vibes playing… this release will also do much to raise the profile of Whirlwind…”
4 Stars, Marlbank

“This was a gig that rewarded those listening closely enough with some exquisite moments, on a par with the finest post-bop around today”
London Jazz

“London-based vibraphonist Jim Hart and his guest, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, a leading light of New York’s jazz scene, began by stealth and within two numbers, one written by each, had illustrated the compatibility that drew them together.”
4 Stars, Scotland Herald

“The rhythmically tricky ‘Door In The Wall’ (by Hart) was negotiated with authority by this, the cream of London’s first call rhythm section players, followed by solos from both Hart and Alessi which served to demonstrate why both are regarded as some of the most exciting improvisers around.”

“As at the gigs, Hart’s theme Passwords is a highlight – a rising, twisting, staccato piece over a fast pulse that loosens Alessi’s full repertoire of full-toned improv lines, before a contrasting and mercurial vibes solo by the composer. Alessi knows the jazz tradition well, but takes his pick on phrasing – he displays agility, wide range, and lines that suggest contemporary classical music as much as jazz.”
4 Stars, The Guardian

Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Trio with Ralph Alessi gets a bumper crop of critical acclaim & 4 Star Guardian review. “A triumph from Whirlwind Recordings”



With only two day to go until his official worldwide release, Jim Hart and his debut WWR album ‘Cloudmakers Trio with Ralph Alessi: Live at the Pizza Express has just had a great showing in the press this week.  Hart’s album was recorded live from his new working band ‘The Cloudmakers Trios” inaugural tour which featured iconic trumputer Ralph Alessi, who turns out a spectacular performance on the album.  We’ve had 100% glowing reviews this last week from the Metro (pictured below) a news article in JazzWise magazine (pictured below, and look out for Jim’s upcoming featured article in their OCT edition), and great reviews from Bebop Spoken Here, the popular midlands based site Jazz Breakfast (which claims that Jim’s album is “A Triumph from Whirlwind Recordings”), and to round it out a 4 Star review from The Guardian which states the album is “clever, lyrical, immaculately performed contemporary jazz”.

Jim’s album launches in just 2 days worldwide, check out the album clips here, and hear why Jim is known as one of the most adventurous and skilled vibraphonist/composers working in creative music today.



Here’s the METRO review, followed by the SEPT newspiece from Jazzwise Magazine:


New WWR Fall Release Poster, and a hint of what’s to come…..

Check out our new Fall Release Poster which is going to be appearing around the world in the creative music media.  Also, there’s some info on what’s coming around the corner from WWR.

Nick Vayenas’ selt titled WWR debut ft guitarist Lionel Loueke, Patrick Cornelius & Kendrick Scott continues to blast the airwaves…


In June of this year, we released Nick Vayenas’ second album and his first for WWR, titled ‘Nick Vayenas.‘  Nick’s a multi-instrumentalist and on the album he features his vocal, trumpet and trombone skills.  Also on the album is long time musical associate & jazz/world music star Lionel Loueke who turns out some great performances alongside NYC based alto saxophonist and WWR artist Patrick Cornelius (who launched ‘Fierce‘ w/ us) and Herbie Hancock/Terence Blanchard drummer Kendrick Scott.

Nick’s album has been appearing on radio stations across the world– literally a couple hundred at this point– and we’ve provided a list of the most recent internet/other radio stations that are currently playing tracks from his album.  Check for stations in your area to hear some of his music in the coming days, weeks and months. We’ve also updated Nick’s album page to reflect all his recent press. Thanks for stopping by.



‘Nick Vayenas’ Radio Campaign Continues with plays in………..

CJSW 90.9 FM
Calgary, AB

Raleigh, N.C.

Denver, Colorado

Cleveland, OH

Miami, FL

Radio ARA

Las Cruces, NM

Lewiston, ME

Bozeman, MT

Farmington, ME

St. Johns NF Canada

Princess Anne, Maryland

Kamloops, BC

San Jose, CA

Hamilton, NJ

Maryville, MO

London, Ontario

Honolulu, HA

Jackson, Mississippi

Spindale, NC

Sheperdstown, WV

Poughkeepsie, NY

Chico, OH

Hempstead, NY

Deerborn, MI

Madison, WI

Radio CUH
Honolulu, HI

Astoria, Oregon
Mission Viejo, CA
Binghamton, New York