Phil Robson’s ‘Philanthropix’ Perform at ShapeShifter Lab, Thurs. 27th June 2013

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The highly acclaimed, versatile & not to mention globe-trotting guitarist Phil Robson will be performing this coming Phil RobsonThursday 27th June at one of New York’s premier creative music venues, The ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn; a newly rennovated, unique venue ran by the world renown bassist Matthew Garrison.  Phil has already been performing with his trio featuring Ernesto Simpson at this years’ Rochester Jazz Festival.

Phil will be performing with some fantastic musicians from both New York and London, including: John O’Gallagher, saxophone; Jason Palmer, trumpet; the legendary Billy Hart, drums; and Dave Whitford, double bass. Music will include tunes from previous album(s), including from his WWR release The Immeasurable Code as well as material written specifically for this line up.

To check out more details on the concert, including start times please click here. To listen and purchase Phil’s WWR release please visit his album page, and featured below we have for your listening pleasure the song Telepathy and Transmission, a song that Phil describes as being influenced by the great Dave Holland. 

 

Review on The Cloudmakers Trio from Creativa Canaria + Interview with Jim Hart

Jim-Hart-Front-Cover1The Cloudmakers Trio recently performed at the ‘La Laguna Jazz Week’ on the Canary Islands in late April to early May this year, and we have news just in of a review and interview by Creativa Canaria who announce to “seize the opportunity to hear the music of Jim Hart and The Cloudmakers – we’re waiting for the next release”.

The interview with vibraphonist Jim Hart covers from when Jim first started playing musical instruments, to the formation of the band, how The Cloudmakers got their name, discussions on the next album, the current gigging climate, musical influences, current musicians worth listening to and information on The Cloudmakers current release The Cloudmakers Trio with Ralph Alessi – overall a great, in-depth interview and well worth the read (translation websites advised for non-Spanish readers).

To check out the album please visit our album page, and featured below is a full length featured track from the album entitled ‘Passwords’.

WWR Artists Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch announce ‘Banned in London’ Summer 2013 tour.

 

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The Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet featuring Greg Osby

Summer Tour 2013

 WWR Artists Michael Janisch and Aruan Ortiz released their debut album Banned in London in late 2012/early 2013 and the record has received some huge accolades in the press including a 4 1/2 star review in Downbeat magazine as well as praise in the New York Times & The Guardian.  The band have just announced their Summer 2013 tour which sees them touring across Spain and the Canary Islands in a mix of festival performances, club dates and masterclasses. 

The tour dates are as follows and for more up information please visit their official website: www.aomjquintet.com.

 


July 12: Jimmy Glass Jazz Club, Valencia, Spain

July 13: Jamboree Jazz Club, Barcelona, Spain

July 14: Masterclass, Barcelona, Spain
 
July 15: Clamores Jazz, Madrid, Spain
 
July 16: ESMUVA, Master Class, Madrid, Spain
 
July 17: Festival Internacional de Jazz en Canarias, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
 
July 18: Festival Internacional de Jazz en Canarias, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
 
July 19: Festival Internacional de Jazz en Canarias, Gran Canarias, Canary Islands, Spain

 

 

RELEASE DAY: John O’ Gallagher’s ‘The Anton Webern Project’ is now available worldwide!

Webern Cover PhotoWe’re proud to announce the official worldwide release of The Anton Webern Project is today!, the debut WWR album from Grammy-Award winning saxophonist & composer John O’ Gallagher.

Featuring an all star cast of elite musicians:

John O’ Gallagher – Alto Saxophone
Matt Moran – Vibraphone
Pete McCann – Guitar
Russ Lossing – Hammond Organ, Rhodes, Piano
Johannes Weidenmuller – Double Bass
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums
Margret Grebowicz – Voice

The Anton Webern Project is the debut WWR release from John O’ Gallagher, a grammy-award John O'Gallagherwinning alto saxophonist who is known as one of the most compelling improvisers, composers and music conceptualists at work today on the avant-jazz scene.  The album is already being heralded in the international press as one of the most unique albums of 2013.

The California native has released many critically acclaimed albums to date but it’s this new, completely-unique and ambitious project which shows his diverse talents pushed to new and exciting limits. This recording features groundbreaking reworks and adaptations of the music of Anton Webern (the Austrian composer known for his innovations in twelve-tone technique and the musical movement known as ‘Serialism’) for his seven-piece contemporary jazz ensemble, showcasing many of the most respected creative jazz musicians on the global music scene.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY

 

Mentions in eMusic and Modern Drummer for Recent Release ‘The Listener’ PLUS Interview with Jeff Williams by London Jazz News

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“The electricity from a live performance comes through loud and clear” – EMusic

World-class, legendary drummer Jeff Williams released his second album The Listener on WWR last week and has continued to receive countless high praising reviews. Today we have received more mentions of the release, one from Modern Drummer which you can view here and from eMusic which is viewable here.

London Jazz News have also interviewed Jeff Williams in an in-depth, three part podcast series, part one being available here.

The album was recorded live at London’s Vortex Jazz Club and alongside Jeff features fantastic, in-demand US musicians: Duane Eubanks (trumpet), John O’ Gallagher (alto saxophone) and John Hébert (double bass).

To purchase the album please head over to the album page and featured below is a song from Jeff’s album (composition by Duane Eubanks) ‘Beer and Water’.

4 Star Review from Marlbank + Glowing Review from All About Jazz for Next WWR Release – John O’Gallagher’s ‘The Anton Webern Project’

Webern Cover PhotoJune 18th, just two days time, marks the next release for WWR – John O’Gallagher’s The Anton Webern ProjectAlready in pre-release we are receiving glowing reviews, including a 4 star review from Marlbank and a high-praising review from All About Jazz.

The Anton Webern Project is led by Grammy-award winning avant-jazz saxophonist and composer John O’Gallagher, who has uniquely arranged music by the Austrian surrealist conductor and composer Anton Webern – known for being one of the best exponents of the twelve-tone technique. The album cleverly blends jazz improvisation with music pioneered by the Second Viennese School.

Marlbank have just given the release 4 stars, stating that “the chattering, very involving O’Gallagher lead makes the music sufficiently distinctive” and that “on ‘The Secret Code’ he improvises superbly in one of his best solos of a fascinating and involving album.”

All About Jazz says “The Anton Webern Project contains a wealth of riches that pays off with multiple listens, bolstering the value of the often misunderstood jazz genre.”

The album will be available from Tuesday so please check back then. In the meantime, you can listen to a full length featured track here and album promo below.

 

Mike Gibbs Interview & New Album Mention in The Guardian + WWR Catalogue Played on Jazz Today Radio Show

12-play-gil-evansIn preparation for the August release of Mike Gibbs eagerly anticipated album, we have (featured below) an interview with Mike ahead of his performances at the May 2013 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. You can also check out the video and article from the Guardian here, and Mike’s soon-to-be-released album here.

Also, a big thank you goes out to the Jazz Today team for giving air time to many releases from the Whirlwind Recordings catalog – check out their blog for more information.

 

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ADVANCE COPIES of Patrick Cornelius’ ‘Infinite Blue’ now available + Special Two-for-One Offer

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ADVANCE COPIES of INFINITE BLUE + Free Copy of Fierce Offer now going!

Infinite Blue is the follow up WWR album from Patrick Cornelius (who released the critically acclaimed Fierce with us in 2010) and with one listen you’ll hear its a mighty step forward in his development as an award-winning composer and saxophonist.  The album features a truly all-star cast: Patrick Cornelius – Alto Saxophones, Compositions
Frank Kimbrough – Piano, Michael Janisch – Bass, Jeff Ballard – Drums, Nick Vayenas – Trombone, and Michael Rodriguez – Trumpet.

We’re happy to announce that as of today, his album is now available on this site only in advance of the release date on July 30th 2013.  AND, we’ve got a special two-for-one offer going on in conjunction with the advance copies: PURCHASE A PHYSICAL COPY OF INFINITE BLUE (PHYSICAL CD) AND RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF PATRICK’S FIRST WWR RELEASE FIERCE WITH YOUR ORDER!  Not bad right? 🙂 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A COPY OF INFINITE BLUE.

The album features a mix of Cornelius’ favorite musicians (both contemporary as well as established veterans) and we’ll have much more on this release soon, including a dedicated album page with sound samples, but for now we like to go straight to the source and let Patrick tell you about the album in his own words:

“Infinite Blue is a refinement of the quest for melody and mood within the jazz tradition that I began with my last album Maybe FierceSteps. The main difference is my compositional efforts have reflected a new interest in counterpoint: in making the compositions themselves more conversational between various members of the ensemble. Another difference is that all of my records up until this one have featured sidemen from my age group or generation. For Sky Blue, I specifically wanted to enlist the talents of a few older, more experienced musicians, and mix them together with some other talents from my age group.

Pianist Frank Kimbrough has played with everyone from Dewey Redman to Ron Carter, but is most musically recognizable as the “sound” of the Maria Schneider Orchestra. I knew that Frank would bring a creative, sensitive, and swinging approach to this music, particularly fleshing out the moodier pieces in on the album. Jeff Ballard has a similarly broad spectrum of musical experience, from Ray Charles to Chick Corea. Not only does he bring unique orchestration sensibilities to every project he’s involved with, he’s incredibly professional, swinging, and easy to vibe with on any type of tune. It was an honor to have him play my music, and I think his performance brings a palpable joyfulness to the program.

Michael Janisch, impresario of Whirlwind Recordings and bassist extraordinaire, and I have been working together musically since 2006, when we started the Anglo-European ensemble The TransAtlantic Collective together. Michael shares all of my musical values, from swing to spontaneity, and can get inside my artistic brain pretty effortlessly, making him my first choice rhythm section musician for any project. I was fortunately able to bring him over to New York from London in order to help spearhead this project from start to finish. Trombonist Nick Vayenas is another close partner in crime. He and I have recorded together on 9 different albums over the years, and his trombone has been the lower-end front-line foil for my alto for 3 out of my 4 solo albums. His playing has a bite: a rough but nimble swagger that I find infectious to listen to and play alongside. Rounding out the ensemble is trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, who has become one of my generation’s most recognizable brass front linesmen. His playing, in contrast to Nick’s, has a sweet, refined classiness to it, and he plays with a mellow, honeyed tone that simmers just underneath the surface.

Each of the songs on Infinite Blue has a story behind it, and was written to evoke a specific mood. The title track was written when I was on an airplane, flying to Texas to visit my mother. As I was looking out the window, I came up with this idea for a soaring melody line with different harmonic plateaus. Regent Street  is a swaggering, confident duet of melodies that reflects how great it feels to step out in a new suit and fancy shoes. My Green Tara is a breezy melody commissioned by the Rubin Museum of Tibetan Art in New York, inspired by a jade statue of the Green Tara, a female deity in Tibetan Buddhism that represents the spirit of enlightened activity. I’ll leave the rest for your imagination.”

Patrick Cornelius, NYC, March 2013

Jeff Williams Recieves Two 4 Star Album Launch Concert Reviews from The Guardian & The Financial Times PLUS Glowing Review from London Jazz News & Feature on UK Jazz Radio

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Jeff Williams released his seminal second album The Listener on WWR last week and has had received glowing album reviews, including 4 star reviews from both The Guardian and Marlbank. 

Today we hear news of two more 4 star reviews via The Guardian and The Financial times on the album launch concert that was held at Dalston’s Vortex Jazz Club, plus an album review from London Jazz News and a feature on UK Jazz Radio.

On the launch concert at Dalston’s Vortex Jazz Club, The Guardian has described Jeff’s performance as “powerful and widely experienced” and that Jeff “has taken his time developing what has become a distinctively independent and personal muse, but it’s been worth the wait.” Also on The Listener‘s launch concert, The Financial Times described the performance as having “an impressive textural range” and that the concert “mingled familiar references with left-field modern jazz”.

London Jazz News review on the album states that  “Williams is at the height of his powers after 40 years of working with so many jazz greats, from Stan Getz to Dave Liebman” continuing to say that “This album takes the tradition onwards, with gifted musicians whose cutting edge solos show how intently they’re listening to each other. And now we’re listening too.”

UK Jazz Radio last week broadcast a track from The Listener entitled ‘Beer and Water’, you can catch the line up and listen again here.

Below is a full-length feature of the track Beer and Water. To purchase, please visit the album page

BIG NEWS! Announcing new distribution partners Distrijazz (Spain, Portugal & France) and Socadisc (France)

We’re very excited to announce that as a result of our recent trip to Jazzahead! in Bremen Germany we’ve secured some new distribution deals in some key territories in Eulogo2rope.  Distributing our albums in Spain, Portugal and France (select titles only) will be Distrijazz, one of Europe’s best distributors of creative music with offices in Barcelona and Madrid. We’re very excited to be working witlogoh such a passionate and dedicated company who have creative and forward thinking ideas on how to get the kind of music we release out to the masses.  We’ll also be working with the French-based Socadisc on select titles as well.   So in the coming months look out for our catalog in stores across Spain, Portugal and France and thanks for your continued support.