Tickets are now on sale for The Walter Smith III Project ft WWR’s Michael Janisch: 2 London shows only at the Pizza Express Jazz Club of 15 date UK tour

Ticket’s are now on sale for a first in London– the inaugural headlining performances of one of contemporary music’s finest voices: saxophonist and composer Walter Smith III.  The two nights are presented by WWR’s own Michael Janisch (who also will be performing as double bassist) alongside first call American-based musicians Matthew Stevens on Guitar and Jamire Williams on drums.  The band will be doing a tour around a big portion of the UK (see flyer below), and kick things off with two nights at the famed Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. Both shows start at 8:30 pm, and are two sets. Book now for what The Guardian has recently called ‘one of the first big jazz stories of 2013’!

Click HERE to book for Monday 28th January 2013

Click HERE to book for Tuesday 29th January 2013

Here’s the official blurb from the Pizza Express: 

Arguably the most celebrated, in-demand, and talked about tenor saxophonist of his generation in contemporary jazz music, Walter Smith III makes his exciting debut at PizzaExpress as a leader. Known around the world by musicians and fans alike for his breathtaking and engaging improvisations, direct and instantly recognizable sound, and ground breaking albums (which blend tradition and modernity like few artists in this age), Smith has been the first call tenorist of choice for the likes of superstars Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride and Jason Moran, and has recently been seen touring the UK with Blue Note recording artist and new trend setter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. He is joined by Christian Scott’s bandmates Mathew Stevens (guitar) and Jamire Williams (drums), as well as leading bassist Michael Janisch, a regular favourite at the club. These two nights are the band’s only London shows of a 15-date UK-wide tour. Not to be missed!
“…the development of his ideas can only be described as a journey that never ceases to lose momentum…” – Jazz Times.
Mathew Stevens (Guitar), Michael Janisch (Double Bass), Jamire Williams (Drums).

Six WWR releases make The Jazz Breakfast ‘Best albums of 2012’ List.

Six WWR albums make ‘The Jazz Breakfast’ ‘Best Albums of 2012’ year end list!





Congratulations to George Crowley (Paper Universe), Euan Stevenson & Konrad Wiszniewski (New Focus), Gareth Lockrane (The Strut), Euan Burton (Occurrences), Jim Hart (The Cloudmakers Trio ft Ralph Alessi), & Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch (Banned in London), for making the best albums of 2012 end of the year list from The Jazz Breakfast, which also gave each album a great review when they were released.  We’ve had a great year at WWR, releasing 11 albums, all of which have now made at least one end of the year list!  Looking forward to 2013!  As always, thanks for your support.

The Strut named ‘CD of the Month’ on UK Jazz Radio + glowing review from Jazz Mann Site

Great news hits as Gareth Lockrane’s ‘MOJO Magazine’ album of the year has been named ‘CD of the Month’ for UK Jazz Radio.  They also give the album a great review. ‘The Strut’ released in NOV of this year, and has been heralded universally as one of the top albums of 2012 in the world’s jazz press. Also, the Jazz Mann blog site has given the album a glowing review, Click here for that.  As always, we have an album page for all our releases, and so you can Click here for sound samples, more info, and for purchasing! Thank you!


Three WWR Albums make the London Jazz best of 2012 Critics list

Happy Holidays! We’ve tuned in from our holiday celebrations just to mention some exciting news that has just hit with regards to some end of year ‘best of 2012’ lists.

We’re delighted to report that three of our 2012 releases have made the best of 2012 critics list from our friends over at London Jazz.   

 The three albums that made the list are: ‘Banned in London‘ by The Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet (released in late Oct), ‘Paper Universe‘ by George Crowley (his debut album released in May), & the debut album of Tom Gibbs’ Fear of Flying‘ (released in Oct). Congrats to all! 

LIVE IN LONDON: The new album featuring Lee Konitz, Michael Janisch, Dan Tepfer, and Jeff Williams, set for May 20th 2013 release!

After a very exciting fall 2012, we’re plowing forward into 2013 (now that we’ve had assurance that the Mayans were wrong :-)) and wanted to let the world know about something very special coming in the spring of next year.  ‘LIVE IN LONDON’ will be released worldwide on May 20th, 2013 and features the iconic saxophonist Lee Konitz, WWR’s own Michael Janisch on double bass, uber-creative pianist Dan Tepfer, and WWR Artist Jeff Williams on drums.   Over six hours of music was recorded live in London from this leader-less quartet’s first performance together as a unit, back in May of 2010 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club.  The music is spontaneity at it’s very best; these musicians had absolutely no idea what they were going to perform until someone took the lead and starting making sound– their only priority was exploration in the moment as a collective whole. What followed was two nights of exhilarating, ‘seat of the pants’ music which received huge accolades from the press who came down, as well as four sold out houses who were on their feet at the end of the performance wanting more. Luckily for us it was recorded and now we are able to honor that request, as we’ve handpicked the highlights from across the four performances, and in May of next year will share that with the world.   Also of note, Mr. Konitz excitedly performed on Soprano Sax on a few of the numbers, which is pretty rare to hear on record, so that’s an added bonus. 

Stay tuned for more news to come on this unique collaboration, and Happy Holidays from all of us here at WWR.

WWR boss Michael Janisch receives PRS for Music Foundation Grant in support of upcoming Walter Smith III Project.

 Exciting news comes to us today as WWR’s founder and international renowned bassist and composer Michael Janisch receives a prestigious and highly sought-after grant from the PRS for Music Foundation in support of his upcoming UK tour with one of the preeminent saxophonists of his generation, Walter Smith III, (who also appears on Michael’s debut album Purpose Built, the first album we released here at WWR).  This will also be the first headlining tour by Walter in the UK (he’s usually seen touring with Blue Note artist Ambrose Akinmusire), and we’ve just heard word that the tour was previewed in the Guardians’ end of the year wrap-up here.

PRS for Music Foundation is the UK’s leading funder of new music across all genres, and their mission is to stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music to ensure it is enjoyed by as wide an audience as possible. 

We’ve printed the tour poster below which shows all the amazing venues the band will take in on the tour as they perform a new program of music across 11 concert dates and 2 masterclasses.  For more information, please visit Janisch’s website, and hope to see you at one of the shows! Congrats to MJ!


BIG NEWS. WWR Signs rising star Drummer and Composer Dave Hamblett to release debut album ‘Light at Night’ Feb 25, 2013

Whirlwind Recordings is proud to announce the signing of rising star drummer and composer Dave Hamblett and the worldwide Feb 25, 2012 release of his powerful debut album ‘Light at Night’.

Featuring an all star cast of six musicians, all leading lights of their generation:
Dave Hamblett – drums & compositions
Josh Arcoleo – tenor sax
Joe Wright – tenor/soprano sax
Ivo Neame – piano, rhodes, keys
Alex Munk – Guitar
Calum Gourlay – double bass





Releasing a debut album is a huge milestone in a a creative artists’ career, and so we love when we get the privilege of helping a musician bring their first artist statement to the world.  On the 25 of Feb 2013, we’re releasing the debut album of a very special 25 year old musician, drummer and composer, and are ultra excited about the  powerful vision of music he’s  recorded with five of his closest musical colleagues.   The album boasts an enormous range of emotions, textures, and stellar performances by all on board, and will do doubt put Dave Hamblett strongly on the map as a new artist with a very personal and honest take on contemporary improvised music.

Dave Hamblett is fast becoming one of the most talked about musicians on the UK creative music scene, combining his formidable skills as a first call drummer with his growing reputation as a composer of powerful and original contemporary improvised music.  Hamblett’s performances display a deep understanding of a multitude of genres and he shows a maturity in both his drumming and composing rarely heard from a musician aged twenty-five.

Hamblett studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2010 with first class honors and a host of awards including the coveted Yamaha Jazz Scholarship.  His distinctive yet adaptable playing has led him to work with many of the UK’s finest musicians including Abram Wilson, Ivo Neame, the F-IRE collective large ensemble, Yuriy Galkin Nonet and Nick Smart’s Jazz Matanzas.  Hamblett is also featured on the recent Ivo Neame Octet album Yatra.

As a leader and composer Hamblett has been forging his voice and musical direction by performing with his own sextet The Dave Hamblett Group, his main compositional outlet.  The ensemble features the leading lights of their generation – Ivo Neame, Calum Gourlay, Josh Arcoleo, Joe Wright and Alex Munk and they have been performing steadily on the London scene for the past three years, developing a unique voice and a tight cohesive group sound.

Hamblett’s debut album ‘Light At Night’ presents music that is powerful, joyful and direct, while also sophisticated and intricate.  It weaves simple melodies over unexpected shifts through harmonies and grooves and creates vibrant landscapes for improvisations that transform as the pieces develop.

Light At Night will also be launched live at The Forge, Camden on Friday 8 February 2013 followed by a nationwide tour:
8th FEB – Launch Night at The Forge
17th FEB – St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, Devon
18th FEB – The Beaver Inn, Appledore, Devon
19th FEB – Cori Tap, Bristol
20th FEB – Dempseys, Cardiff
27th FEB – The Lescar, Sheffield
4th MARCH – The Vortex

We’ll have some music samples soon, as well as the Light at Night album page.  Please come back soon to hear why we’re so excited about Dave’s release!!

Tom Gibbs’ ‘Fear of Flying’ makes MOJO Magazines top 10 Jazz Albums Critics List for 2012!

Congratulations goes out to pianist and composer Tom Gibbs for making the top ten albums list of 2012 in MOJO Magazine in the Jazz Category. Gibbs just got off a UK-wide tour in support of his debut solo album ‘Fear of Flying‘ which features NYC-based heavyweight saxophonist Will Vinson, WWR Artist Euan Burton on bass, and first call drummer James Maddren from London. Here’s the list below and Gibbs comes in at #7, you’ll notice the top honors goes to WWR Artist Gareth Lockrane for his release The Strut, which we reported on a few days back. To Purchase ‘Fear of Flying’ click here.

WWR Artists Partikel, Andre Canniere, and Gareth Lockrane make Jazzwise Magazine ‘Best of 2012 Album List’

We’re very excited to report that three albums on the WWR catalog made the Jazzwise Magazine ‘Best Albums of 2012’ End of year list. Congratulations to WWR artists Partikel, Andre Canniere and Gareth Lockrane.  Click below to hear a track from the album and be taken to their album page.


Cohesion by Partikel


Forward Space by Andre Canniere


The Strut by Gareth Lockrane