WWR Boss and bassist Michael Janisch with article in Jazzwise and great interview for Jazz Breakfast on the verge of his Euro tour + Birmingham concert plug.

Whirwlind’s very own founder and freelance bassist Michael Janisch has had some nice features in press of late as a result of launching his third release as a leader with his fellow partner in crime Aruan Ortiz for their project ‘Banned in London‘ which launched just days ago.  Janisch gets a nice mention in Jazzwise Magazine about all the great things he’s been up to as solo artist and label boss (posted below).  And Jazz Breakfast has done a great interview with Michael in preparation of his NOV 11 concert at the Hare and Hounds music complex in Birmingham (poster w/ info below).  Here’s the intro from Jazz Breakfast: Double bass player, band leader, label boss and all-round musical live-wire Michael Janisch has a new CD, Banned In London, about to be released and its talent-packed band, the Aruan Ortiz and Michael Janisch Quintet, on the road for a few dates, one of which – lucky us! – is at The Hare And Hounds in Birmingham, West Midlands, on  Sunday 11 November. continue reading….

Don’t forget, Michael starts his euro launch tour for Banned in London in only 2 days.  More dates in the EVENTS section.

 

 

 

A windstorm of great press for Tom Gibbs’ Fear of Flying from JazzUK, London Jazz & The Scotsman

 

We released Tom Gibbs’ Fear of Flying (featuring Will Vinson on alto sax, Euan Burton on bass, and James Maddren on drums) worldwide on OCT 15 and the response has been great.  Tom writes and performs from a deeply personal and honest place, and fans, press, and musicians are all appreciating this on his debut album.  We’re delighted to report on three very positive reviews that have hit recently in the press and invite you to check them out.

“what really impresses is the commitment, coherence and sheer pep of the quartet as they address Gibbs’s intelligently varied programme” LONDON JAZZ

“As well as the pianist’s fluent improvisations, the disc provides a showcase for his attractive compositions, which balance a bright, approachable lyricism with more intricate harmonic and rhythmic depths, and provide plenty for the musicians to get their teeth into.” 4 Stars the Scotsman

 

And reprinted below is the recent article from Jazz UK which really praises Tom’s debut.  To purchase this album today, please click here.

 

What happens when such creative, dynamic musicians meet? Light the fuse and listen to the fireworks. Strictly No Messin. Says Marlbank and London Jazz about ‘Banned in London’

 

We just launched ‘Banned in London’ by the Aruan Ortiz and Michael Janisch Quintet ft Greg Osby just two days ago, and the response so far has been amazing.   A pair of great reviews have come in about the album which both do a great job describing the amount of excitement and energy that was recorded at the band’s sold out London Jazz Festival performance in NOV of 2011.  Here’s one from Marlbank and the other from London Jazz. Below are some samples of the music from their official soundcloud page.  The band also hits the road in 2 days with three nights in Turkey.  Full details on their website: www.aomjquintet.com

To purchase this album now, click here.


 

 

Herald of Scotland and Marlbank praise ‘New Focus’ due for NOV 5 release

 

The Herald of Scotland and Marlbank has recently given high praise to our forthcoming release ‘New Focus’ which launches on NOV 5.  (see our recent post today about their launch gig on the 13th as well). We’ve reprinted it below:  and here’s the information on their CD launch event

 

Konrad Wiszniewski & Euan Stevenson

New Focus

(Whirlwind)

As the audiences who have been responding ecstatically at their concerts already know, there’s something of the accidental masterpiece about Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson’s New Focus. They were originally asked to recreate Stan Getz’s 1961 saxophone and strings album Focus, found the arrangements beyond their smaller resources, and have now not just produced this superb recording but also merged jazz quartet, string quartet and concert harp into a unit that plays expertly tempered music in its own style. It’s gorgeous and easily accessible, from the shimmering, undulating strings on Wiszniewski’s opening Nicola’s Piece through El Paraiso’s deeply moreish pizzicato blues and on, never wavering in quality, to the exuberant, dancing Parson’s Green. Stevenson confirms himself as a composer and arranger of great style, as well as a pianist with an elegant, coolly considered improviser’s touch, and while Wiszniewski’s saxophone talents have been conspicuous for some time, his playing here, always inventive, always soulfully communicative, puts him firmly in the international class.

Rob Adams, Scotland Herald

 

Album Launch information for NEW FOCUS official CD release party at the London Jazz Festival at Pizza Express on NOV 13

 

Whirlwind Recordings Ltd Special Event

Presenting the Official Album Launch date for our upcoming release

New Focus

(Jazz & String Quartet + Harp)  live at the
London Jazz Festival at the Pizza Express Jazz Club
on November 13 (Two Houses). Please read the information below for details.

 
Official Album Launch date: Nov 5, 2012 Worldwide Digital & Stores
Click the image below for more information:

“Gorgeous and easily accessible…original music that exists virtually in a world of its own…” – The Herald of Scotland, ***** 5 Stars.
Drawing inspiration from the sublime 1961 Stan Getz/Eddie Sauter album ‘Focus’, Glasgow based saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski (SNJO, Brass Jaw) 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 jazz quartet, string quartet and harp, ‘New Focus’ showcases a cinematic soundscape of through-composed melodies meeting cutting edge improvisation, drawing upon influences from across the musical spectrum.
“Outstanding original compositions by Wiszniewski and Stevenson… something of the accidental masterpiece…world class…
***** 5 Stars, The Herald.

 

Big Launch Day! Brand new website and ‘Banned in London’ by the Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet ft Greg Osby Launches today!

 

If you’re reading this post you’ll notice our brand new website and all its new features, which we’ve been working on for months and months, and we’re really excited to be sharing it with you now, especially on a day when we are also launching the album by Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet featuring the iconic saxophonist Greg Osby titled ‘Banned in London’  The album was recorded at a sold out London Jazz Festival performance in NOV of 2011 at the end of the band’s inaugural European tour.  Excitedly, the band will be touring Europe in just a few days to celebrate the release with some major performances. Check the brand new Events page for more information.

To purchase the new album, please visit the ‘Banned in London’ album page by clicking here.

The Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet featuring Greg Osby, Raynald Colom, and Rudy Royston.

European Launch Tour for ‘Banned in London’

NOV 2:  Alt Jazz Club, Istanbul, Turkey

NOV 3:  Alt Jazz Club, Istanbul, Turkey

NOV 4:  Alt Jazz Club, Istanbul, Turkey

NOV 5, 6:  Jazz in Camera, Weisbaden, Germany

NOV 8:  St. George’s, Bristol, England

NOV 9: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, England

NOV 10:  European Launch Event:  Purcell Room of the Southbank Center, Headlining the London Jazz Festival.  London, England

NOV 11: Nu Century Arts at The Hare and Hounds Music Venue, Birmingham, England

Thanks for stopping by! As the new website just launched, if you see any glitches don’t worry, we’re working on it :-)! Enjoy.

BIG NEWS for 2013!! The new album by world-renowned Pianist, Composer & Arranger ROBERT MITCHELL for Feb 18, 2013 release!

“I wish to encapsulate the feeling of endless upward progress – to remove the apparent divisions between inspiration, notation, deployment, and performance. And to appeal to the idea that there is no limit to the amount of beauty we can reveal in the universe” -Robert Mitchell

Whirlwind Recordings Ltd is elated to announce the February 18, 2013 album from world-renowned Pianist, Composer, Arranger & Steinway Artist Robert Mitchell, who will be releasing his ‘Left-Hand-Only’ Solo Piano recording titled ‘The Glimpse’ with us worldwide.

Over his nearly 20 years entrenched in the art of music, Robert has recorded seven albums of his own projects, participated in over 100 projects as a sideman and has performed in more than 30 countries, with such notable artists as Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine and Steve Williamson. Robert has won awards in the UK – BBC Jazz Awards (Innovation, as part of the F-ire Collective), Best Jazz Album (BBC DJ Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards) and has been nominated for many more.
Robert has always regularly performed solo piano, as it is at the heart of heart and origins of his approach. In 2003/4 Robert was privileged to open for Branford Marsalis (Barbican Centre, London) and Wayne Shorter (The Brighton Dome) – performing a solo set at both events. 
 Since 2009, Robert has been a proud Steinway Artist and his debut WWR release has been recorded on one of their most prized instruments, the concert Grand ‘D’.
Robert’s solo piano recordings EQUINOX (2007), and THE GLIMPSE (2013 WWR Release), have both changed and expanded his approach as a musician. The new album THE GLIMPSE showcases Robert’s developing fascination with left-hand-only approaches to composition and improvisation. The live performance is also a chance to allow explorations into audience interaction as a basis for creating music/improvisations, and the creative use of the looping pedal. Free improvisation is also as likely as a completely composed piece. Robert will also be touring the UK extensively – his first as solo pianist – throughout 2013.
After curating a successful solo jazz piano festival at the Pizza Express, London in 2007 (Lifting The Lid featuring – Django Bates, John Taylor, Bheki Mseleku, Zoe Rahman, and John Escreet), Robert is also going to launch a new solo piano festival at The Forge in late March of 2013. This will be the first edition of Leftitude – a celebration of piano music for Left Hand Only. This festival will feature both Classical and Jazz artists performing new works, originals, and classic repertoire for Left Hand Only.

Needless to say, we are beyond excited to be working with Robert on his special and unique release, and he has taken time out of his schedule to provide us with some personal insights on the recording and what it means to him at this point in his career. We reprint his thoughts below:

“This album is a unique statement for me (at this point). I have been wanting to do this for a while, and was first inspired after a very satisfying experience, composing to fulfill a commission. I wanted to see what I could do in the challenging situation of writing for just the left hand only, at the piano. The piano – whose history has overwhelmingly been shaped by the performers use of two hands – its central design point. The place of single handed performance in piano history – is an extremely special one however. For me – it is one of the most powerful statements of creativity, and defiance – that i think there is in music. Which other instrument has had such a legacy of compositions arise from such a relatively compromised situation? Is there an equivalent to this for all other instruments? What does that do to the ideas of ‘expected’ methods of making sounds on instruments per se? If no one has told you the ‘correct’ way to play the tuba – and you develop a different method which still produces music – is that not just another form of ‘correct’?

The more I have talked to various people about it – the more I have come to view what occurs, as a change in perspective. A view that readdresses the relationship between sound and silence, between what is implied and made concrete, and also in the nature of absolute trust in improvisational activity. Its a particularly distinct tightrope, drawn in sound – keeping the reality at bay. This is present whether composing, or performing. It is present for the performer, and is definitely there for the audience (though it may take adjustment – which is wonderful to sense happening).

I have felt a multi-faceted relationship to the piano for a long while. The experience of composing, preparing, and recording this project, however, has almost been like interacting with another instrument altogether.

The subject matter draws on my interest in left handed social history.  Again defiance looms big here.  As a ‘left hander’ myself – the vestiges of a poorly skewed historical attitude to this – were relatively small in my youth. This is still not yet so – for many countries/cultures. It is however also programmed through the ages into most languages in the world – ‘leftover’, ‘ righteous’, ‘ right of way ‘ etc. I am inspired by what it may have taken for someone to have overcome this. More detail on this will be in the album notes!

It also was really wonderful to finally record on a Steinway D piano. So much hand-made passion goes into their creation – you feel they do have souls of their own.

It is fantastic to have this come out on such a great young label sprinting towards success, and to be presented as part of a catalogue featuring some legends of the music!”

Robert Mitchell (Oct 2012)

For more information on Robert, please visit his informative, beautifully designed website at: www.robertmitchellmusic.com

Stay tuned for more info on this special release!

Just in: The official Promo Video for Jeff Williams’ WWR release ‘Another Time’

 

Veteran jazz drummer Jeff Williams, whose career has spanned over 40 years performing with the legends of the music, stepped out into the limelight for the third time as a leader and launched his debut WWR release with us in OCT last year.  The press from around the world welcomed the album with a flurry of five star reviews and accolades for its purity of concept and mood compounded with the world-class improvisational mastery and group interplay that occurs between the four members of his quartet who appear on the album (New Yorkers Duane Eubanks on trumpet, John O’ Gallagher on alto sax, and John Hebert on D. Bass).  We’re creating promo videos for all our releases and we’ve just finished Jeff’s, and we’re very excited to share it with you now.  Check out all the great press he’s had under the video as well.  To pick up your copy today, click here.

 
Best Albums of 2011 (Critics List), All About Jazz
Album of the Year (2011), UK Jazz Radio, 5 Stars

“…the ease of movement between ambiguously floating rhythms and snappy polyrhythmic swing is seductive…these elegantly intricate deliberations make for absorbing contemporary jazz.”
**** 4 Stars, The Guardian

“Their “chordless” approach liberates the harmony and creates a very open-textured group sound. O’Gallagher in particular impresses with his sinuous, Konitz-like lines, and Williams’s experienced hands pull it all together without ever seeming to impose anything as vulgar as a steady pulse.”
The Irish Times, 4 Stars

“The interaction between Williams and these musicians produced a sound that is second to none…Another Time spotlights the brilliancy of Jeff Williams…”
***** 5 Stars, The Birmingham Times

“Another Time’ is mature creative music, playful and rhythmically involving…’
Step Tempest

“Another Time extends his reach to exploratory jazz propelled by his spacious time feel and superbly articulate stick work”
Modern Drummer

“Jeff William’s ‘Another TIme’ is another milestone in the great lineage of the harmony-less jazz groups, calling to mind Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Masada…”
***** 5 Stars, Aargauer Zeitung and Mittelland Zeitung

Jeff Williams is one of the great jazz drummers working today… [Another Time] is quite adventurous and interactive…I know this CD was a long time coming and I look forward to hearing more from this gem of a band.”
George Colligan, The Jazz Truth

“Veteran drummer Jeff Williams, a charter member of the early ‘70s band Lookout Farm, fronts a formidable quartet on this highly interactive outing, his third as a leader, The stirring title track offers further evidence of Williams’ growth as a composer.
Jazz Times

“Jeff Williams has honed a sound that seamlessly blends a sinewy, propulsive rhythmic sense with a masterful appreciation of space and atmosphere. On ‘Another Time’ Williams leads a remarkable group.”
New York City Jazz Record

“While Another Time is another clear indicator of Williams’ drumming talents, it also serves as a fine display of his skills as a composer.”
All About Jazz

“…a most accomplished cd… [Williams] is the master percussionist who leads the way… excellent ensemble work”
Bebop Spoken Here

“Rewarding new album”
New York Times

“A high degree of group interaction with Williams subtly dictating proceedings from the drums. With a strong balance between composition and improvisation the album absorbs and impresses throughout…”
**** 4 Stars, The Jazz Mann

“[Another TIme] separates the man from the manqué when it comes to digging real left field jazz that has something to say and knows how to make it’s point…”
Midwest Record

[Another Time] is a subtle treat, restrained and tasteful, but surprisingly compulsive and revealing fresh felicities on each new exposure to its eight originals…
London Jazz

“melodic themes and thoughtful interplay…the rhythm section raises the game, with Williams prodding, cajoling, and expertly decorating the pulse”
The Financial Times

“[Williams] has waited for the right moment, preferring not to record until he had found a band that struck him as having the kind of unique chemistry and individuality that would stand out from the crowd…excitingly raw…”
JazzWise
 

 

 

IT’S OFFICIAL: Tom Gibbs ‘Fear of Flying’ launches today worldwide!

Whirlwind Recordings is proud to announce the official release date for:

Tom Gibbs’ debut solo album: Fear of Flying

Tom Gibbs: Piano and Compositions

Will Vinson: Alto/Soprano Saxophones

Euan Burton: Double Bass

James Maddren: Drums

Now you can purchase this incredible debut in the good old physical CD format, as a digital album (w/ liner notes), or even individual tracks by visiting the Fear of Flying album page here.  You can also hear samples of the entire album as well as watch the promo video. Big congratulations to Tom Gibbs, as a debut solo album is a very special accomplishment in an artists’ career.

The album is also available on itunes, amazon, and over 50 other online retailers, as well as stores in over 12 countries. Check the distribution page to see more information of where we sell our music.

Here’s a beautiful track from the album below:

“What is distinctive is the sincerity at work” And the press starts rolling in for Tom Gibbs’ ‘Fear of Flying’ releasing in 3 days on OCT 15!

 

Tom Gibbs’ debut solo album ‘Fear of Flying’ is about to release with us worldwide in just 3 days, and the buzz has been growing for this release which features some exceptional compositions, beautiful group interplay, and a pristine sound quality.  The press campaign is underway  and we’ve had two reviews come from popular blog sites ‘Bebop Spoken Here‘ & ‘Marlbank

Tom’s album features the great Will Vinson on Alto Saxophone, fellow WWR artist Euan Burton on double bass, and James Maddren on drums, who is starting to become a WWR regular as of late.  Check out the promo video below for the album, and let Tom tell you a little about the music in his own words.

And, don’t forget to pick up a copy in a few days by visiting the ‘Fear of Flying‘ album page.