Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski’s ‘New Focus’ Announced on Long-List For 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award + New Review In For Robert Mitchell’s ‘The Glimpse’ – The Guardian / Marlbank

New Focus Album Cover WEBBig news has reached us at WWR today as we hear that Euan Stevenson andRM Cover WEB Konrad Wiszniewski’s New Focus has gained the long-list for the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award (aka the SAY awards, the Scottish equivalent to the Mercury prize).

The SAY awards are “a new and ambitious national prize established to reward and promote the creativity and diversity of art in Scotland”. It’s a prize worth £20,000 to the winner, with the shortlist being announced at the end of May and then the winner itself on 20 June. Check out the SAY site where you can hear New Focus’ Nicola’s Piece (site pictured below) and Marlbank’s review of the news here, as well as in the Scotsman and the Herald. Congratulations to Euan and Konrad as we wish them luck with the awards.

ALSO in today, adding to a plethora of high praising reviews, another has reached us for our Feb. 2013 release – Robert Mitchell’s The Glimpse. The Guardian announces that “The Glimpse’s delicacy and sparing intensity is often very affecting.” The track ‘Leftitude’ (the title of which was used for Robert’s left-hand only piano festival held at The Forge in London earlier this year) was recently played on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up of 31 March.

To purchase The Glimpse and New Focus please visit the WWR store.

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4 Star Reviews In For Sam Crowe’s ‘Towards The Centre of Everything’ + Interview On The Album – Marlbank / The Jazz Mann / London Evening Standard / Jazz Views

SAM-CROW-FINAL4“A more confident recording that builds on the success of its predecessor to deliver a powerful artistic statement. An album that should ensure that Sam Crowe’s star continues to rise.” – The Jazz Mann

Today sees the release of Sam Crowe’s second album Towards The Centre of Everything and already we have reviews in from The Jazz Mann, Marlbank and London Evening Standard as well as an in-depth interview on the new release by Jazz Views. 

Marlbank and The Jazz Mann have given the recording a high-praising 4 stars, stating it as a “robustly creative album”. It has also been chosen as Jack Massarik’s Jazz CD choice of the week for the London Evening Standard, who have also gave it a glowing review. Jazz Views recent interview on Sam Crowe makes for great reading as it reveals the concept behind the album (themes such as Gaia hypothesis, global consciousness, corruption and the evolution of the human race) and work involved with the producing of this latest release.

Sam will be performing the Towards the Centre of Everything Album Launch at The Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston this Wednesday 1st May, the very same venue where he launched his debut album Synesthesia back in 2010. Tickets should be booked in advance as it will no doubt be a sold-out concert.

To purchase the new release please visit the WWR Store.


RELEASE DAY: Sam Crowe’s ‘Towards the Center of Everything’ drops today, worldwide!


BIG NEWS: Congratulations go to Sam Crowe today as he releases his album Towards the Center of Everything worldwide (check the great artwork to the left). Now you can purchase the album on our site as a physical CD, digital album with album artwork, or individual tracks.  Or, pick it up on Itunes, Amazon or stores across the planet.   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.


Sam Crowe Album Launch Announced + BBC Jazz Line-Up, PLUS Matt Ridley Concert

SAM-CROW-FINAL4Many new and great things are happening here at Whirlwind Recordings this month, including the release and launch of pianist Sam Crowe’s album ‘Towards The Centre of Everything’, as well as a Matt Ridley concert at The Vortex in advance of his debut album release ‘Thymos’ to be released this autumn.

Sam’s eagerly anticipated second album includes many fantastic musicians, with Will Vinson on alto saxophone, Adam Waldmann on soprano saxophone, Will Davies on Guitar, Alan Hampton on double and electric bass, Mark Guiliana on drums and with a special guest of Emilia Martensson on vocals.

The ‘Towards The Centre Of Everything’ album release will be on the 29th April, with copies being available from the WWR site as well as from all good music stores. The album launch concert will be at the renowned jazz venue ‘The Vortex’ on the 1st May, tickets are available from the Vortex website. Be sure to order them soon, it’s shaping to be a big launch! Also make sure you check out Sam’s feature on BBC 3 Jazz Line-Up on Sunday 29th April where they will be previewing the title track.

Below we have featured the ‘Towards The Centre of Everything’ album promo, as well as Matt Ridleys album teaser. Matt Ridley will be performing his upcoming WWR release ‘Thymos’ this evening (Monday 22nd April) at the Vortex jazz club in Dalston.






Infinite Blue Album Launch tomorrow at the 606 Club in London (April 22)

The Patrick Infinite Blue Album CoverCornelius pre-launch tour for his upcoming release Infinite Blue (out on July 22, 2013)  is coming to a big finale tomorrow at the 606 club in Chelsea, London, which starts at 8:30 pm for two sets.  Joining Patrick is WWR’s own Michael Janisch on double bass, WWR Artist Phil Robson on Gpatrickuitar and Andrew Bain on drums.  Special guests will also be sitting in! And we will have advance copies of Infinite Blue as well. See you there.


Featured on Infinite Blue (here’s our original newsa post from a few days ago.)


Whirlwind Recordings is going to jazzahead! in Bremen at Stand G01 come join us!

We’re very excited to announce we’ll be at jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany (the world’s largest annual jazz exhibition and networking meeting) from April 24-28th next week. Here’s our official announcement. Please stop by our stand at G01 where you can meet WWR Artists Michael Janisch, Robert Mitchell & Jim Hart. See you there.

From UK Vibe, Reveiw for Robert Mitchell’s ‘The Glimpse’

RM Cover WEBMore press rolls in today for a recent WWR release, adding to an already impressive collection of reviews for Robert Mitchell’s ‘The Glimpse’. The recent review states “…Robert Mitchell deserves great credit” for his left-hand only improvisations, arrangements and original compositions featured on the release. 

Robert is still touring ‘The Glimpse’ all around the UK; an extensive tour that features 21+ dates. The next concert will be on the 19th April in Cambridge, with all further dates found on our events page. 

Below is a track from his release entitled ‘A Confession’. To purchase please visit our store

“New Season Highlight” And the press starts rolling for Sam Crowe’s April 29th Release ‘Towards the Center of Everything’

We’re getting ready to release Sam Crowe’s debut WWR album Towards the Center of Everything  (check the new promo video out) on April 29th and the press is starting to roll in. A nice mention from Jazz UK is reprinted below and click here to read the first online review from the Marlbank site which has given the album a glowing 4 star review and called it the “New Season Highlight.”

If you aren’t aware who’s on this album, check out the cast: 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.



The new promo video for Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Trio with Ralph Alessi

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Here’s the new promo video for Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Trio and their debut album which features the iconic trumpeter from NYC, Ralph Alessi.  Recorded Live at the Pizza Express in London during their UK tour, the album has been one of our most popular to date.  In the video, Jim does a great job explaining the band concept, music and the album and there’s some recent live footage from the band as well.  For more information on this release, check it out here. Enjoy!

The new Promo Video for Sam Crowe’s ‘Toward the Center of Everything’ out now

On the 29th of this month we’re releasing ‘Towards the Center of Everything‘ by Sam Crowe, his debut album for WWR which features a bumper crop of the finest young improvisers on the planet:

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.

As we promised last week, here’s the official promo video for the album, which features Sam talking about the music and members of his band. Enjoy!