BIG NEWS: WWR Signs Pianist and Composer Sam Crowe for April 29th Release ‘Towards the Center of Everything’

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 BIG NEWS! We’re elated to announce the signing of internationally acclaimed pianist & composer Sam Crowe, as well as our official announcement of the world wide release of his debut WWR album ‘Towards the Center of Everything’ out April 29th 2013.  This is the second solo album by Sam Crowe, featuring a set of original compositions by the leader and a true genre-mash of styles, epic colors and moods with improvisation as it’s focus, boasting a line up of literally some of the most exciting and cutting edge young improvisers in the world. Recorded in two days at the famed Systems Two Studios in NYC, the album features:

Sam Crowe – Piano/Rhodes/Keyboards | Will Vinson – Alto Saxophone | Adam Waldmann – Soprano |
Will Davies – Guitar | Alan Hampton – bass (double & electric) | Mark Guiliana – Drums  |
Special Guest Emilia Martensson on Vocals
 
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‘Towards the Center of Everything’ is a continuation and development of the textures and epic themes heard on Crowe’s critically acclaimed first album Synaesthesia with an added New York sensibility to the performances.  There are rock and ‘drum and bass’ influences, as well as an ever present folk feeling to some pieces, which weave a narrative through moody, modal harmony, and just wait till you hear the stellar performances by all on board.
 
This is just the beginning: we’ll have an album page up very shortly for Sam’s release, as well as sound previews and a Promo Video as well.  Stay Tuned…..

“Keep an eye on Aruan Ortiz” for 2013 says the New York Times, with mention of “Banned in London”

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Exciting news comes to us today for WWR Artist Aruan Ortiz just four days before the USA release of his latest album Banned in London (co-led w/ Michael Janisch who also gets a mention in the article) from The New York Times, which has done a great preview on new artists and albums to watch out for in 2013.  Read the full article online here, or check it out what they said about Aruan and ‘Banned in London’ below.

 

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Another High-Praising Review for ‘New Focus’ from Music-Web International

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 A fantastic review has reached us this afternoon of Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson’s ‘New Focus’ via Music-Web International. Describing the album as “an oustanding CD” with “driving solos by the leaders…” the review goes on to say that on Konrad Wiszniewski’s original composition ‘Nicola’s Piece’, “The Glasgow String Quartet makes an immediate impact, laying down a striking accompaniment for Wiszniewski’s eloquent tenor and Stevenson’s incisive piano-playing…”

 The ‘New Focus’ quartet, along with the London Scottish String Quartet and harpist Alina Bzhezhinska, can be heard on the 5th February at the Caledonian Club, please see our events section for details. To hear samples tracks of ‘New Focus’ and to purchase the CD please visit their album page.

 

If you don’t know about New Focus, check the Promo Video below, and let Konrad and Euan tell you all about it:

 

More press rolls in for Dave Hamblett’s soon-to-be-released album ‘Light at Night’ from Marlbank

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A great review has reached us from Marlbank of Dave Hamblett’s ‘Light at Night’ (to be released 18th Feb). Dave Hamblett’s playing on the album has been described as “light, nimble strokes that effortlessly push the horn players on without ever seeming too martial or rigid…”. The review goes on to say that “it’s easy to enjoy the musicianship at work..” and …”realize that a fine new drummer who we’ll all be hearing much more about in the future has arrived.”

The launch for ‘Light at Night’ will be February 8th at the modern, acoustically designed venue ‘The Forge’ in Camden. Tickets for the event and further concerts of Dave Hamblett’s ‘Light at Night’ tour can be found on our events page, and now you can hear all the tracks on the album via our store.

 

21 Date Tour Announcment of Robert Mitchell’s ‘The Glimpse’ + Fantastic Review from Marlbank “an innovative album”

 

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World-renowned pianist Robert Mitchell has just begun a 21 date UK tour featuring pieces from his new solo-piano, left hand only, album ‘The Glimpse’ (out 18th Feb).

Said in a glowing, recent review from Marlbank to be “an innovative album…”,  the tour began on the 18th at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, with the further 20 dates all around London and the UK. Please check out our events page for details and tickets and samples of the the music from ‘The Glimpse’ can be found here. We’ve also got advance copies of the album now available as well.

Please stay tuned as we will be updating our Robert Mitchell artist and album page with an introduction video to ‘The Glimpse’ PLUS more reviews soon!  

 

UK Tour + Album Launch Concert Announced in Recent Jazzwise Article for WWR Artist Dave Hamblett + Album Page w/ Sound Samples of ‘Light at Night’

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Newly signed WWR artist and winner of the ‘Yamaha 2010 Jazz Scholar’s Program’ Dave Hamblett will be touring music from his upcoming Feb. WWR debut solo album release ‘LIGHT AT NIGHT’ (which now has preview tracks to hear the entire album!!), with his all-star cast of musicians featuring Ivo Neame, Josh Arcoleo, Joe Wright, Calum Gourlay and Alex Monk.

The tour kicks off from the album launch on the 8th February at The Forge (in London’s Camden Town), and is then taken all around the UK. The great Jazzwise Magazine news article and concert guide for the tour can be found here and please see the events section for concert tickets and other touring info. Many thanks! Below is a video of Dave’s recent performance w/ the band.  Keep checking back as we’re going to be having a lot of news on this incredible release in the next weeks before its official worldwide launch on FEB 25!

 

 

 

 

New Focus makes Top 50 Albums List for 2012 in The Herald (all genres of music!!) + Great review

 

Great news comes to us today that ‘New Focus‘ has been listed in the top 50 albums of 2012 by The Herald of Scotland (which also gave the album a 5 star review) for ALL genres of music, which is a big feat as thousands of albums were released in 2012. And the great blog site ‘Bird is the Worm‘ has given it a glowing review stating it was one of the best records of 2012. Featuring a nonet of musicians including Jazz & String Quartet + Harp, the music on the album has been described as ‘music that virtually exists in a world of its own’ and was written by WWR artists Euan Stevenson & Konrad Wisnziewski.  Check out the artwork below on the album which will be featured in music magazines around the world in the next months! For more information, click here

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Brand new Promotional Video for ‘Banned in London’ by The Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet ft Greg Osby

 

We have spent the last few days preparing the new promo video for one of our big 2012 releases ‘Banned in London‘ by the Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet.  The group is one of world’s new contemporary-music super-groups, and we were delighted to help them release their debut album to the world.  The album was released worldwide (excluding USA, which launches on the 29th of this month in stores) on OCT 29, 2012 and features a live recording from a sold out London Jazz Festival performance by the band. The ensemble also featuring heavyweights Rudy Royston on drums, Raynald Colom on trumpet, and the iconic saxophonist Greg Osby.  We’ll say no more, check the video out below.  And for ordering, click here.  Enjoy!!

Robert Mitchell’s ‘The Glimpse’ Advance Copies now for sale!! + news update: Marlbank preview, LondonJazz interview, Leftitute Festival and 21-Date Solo Album Launch Tour

 

 We’ve got a lot of great news for Robert Mitchell fans, as this prolific composer, arranger, bandleader, educator and world-renowned pianist has been very busy indeed these past few month.  To start, we have the exciting news that his debut WWR release, ‘The Glimpse’ (a ground-breaking solo-left hand only piano album) is now available for sale as Advance Copy in Physical CDs, Digital MP3 (plus stellar liner notes which have descriptions about each track from Robert himself), or even individual MP3 files.  The official release date is February 18 2013.

   ADVANCE COPIES NOW AVAILABLE ON THE GLIMPSE ALBUM PAGE!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE GIGS THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT:   We thought it only be sensible to make his album available as he’s about to embark on a nationwide 21-date, solo piano concert tour in support of the album launch, and to see all these dates check out the concert schedule on Robert’s website. 

 PRESS UPDATE:  The press is starting to flood in now that the holidays are over, and we’ve had a great mention come through from Marlbank who calls Robert’s album an “extraordinary achievement” and over at London Jazz, Robert has been interviewed about his thoughts on his album as well as the inaugural Leftitude Festival, a new festival completely devoted to left-hand only solo piano performance (with a world-class line-up of leading pianists from around the globe).

 

More information to come on this completely unique and highly creative release, but we hope to see you on Robert’s tour, and if you can’t make it, well, advance copies are now available :-). As always, thanks for your support.