Reviews, Airplay and Interview for Mike Gibbs Recent Release ‘Mike Gibbs +12 Play Gil Evans’ + 4 Stars from Jazzwise & The Evening Standard

Mike Gibbs Album Low Res “A beautifully recorded album”

Esteemed veteran musician, composer and arranger Mike Gibbs recently launched his album Mike Gibbs + 12 Play Gil Evans on Whirlwind Recordings, and today we have in a plethora of glowing reviews and mentions for the new release.

 Jazzwise have given the album 4 stars, stating that “there are many fulfilling moments, not only from soloists but of course from Gibb’s scoring and re-scoring” with the London Evening Standard also rating the album 4 stars, announcing that “those densely chorded passages on Bilbao Song, St Louis Blues and Spring is Here are what moves us”. Mike Gibbs Jazzwise

On top of these two reviews, Northern Echo has noted the release as “a beautifully recorded album”, with The Jazz Mann describing it as “Immaculately arranged, played and recorded, this is an album that combines intelligence and loveliness in equal measure and is highly recommended.”

The release has also received radio airplay from Jazz FM on the Sarah Ward show, on the 103.2FM Night-Train show, Radio Cardiff and on BBC 3 Jazz Line Up.

Mike Gibbs is arguably one of the most important living composers and arrangers working in the jazz and improvised music idiom.  He has worked with legendary artists including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston, John Schofield and Peter Gabriel in a career that spans four decades.  The 76 year old Gibbs, according to The Guardian “still sparks subtly hamonized thrills from a jazz orchestra in ways that few can,” and it’s with great excitement Whirlwind Recordings has been able to capture his 12-piece ensemble performing arrangements of Gil Evans material, adapted to mark the celebration of Evan’s 100th anniversary.

Mike Gibbs +12 Play Gil Evans features an array of leading London based musicians, with 
Hans Koller (piano), Julian Siegel (tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet), 
Finn Peters (alto saxophone, flutes), Lluis Mather  (tenor saxophone, clarinets), Percy Pursglove (trumpet), Robbie Robson (trumpet), Joe Aukland (trumpet), Jim Rattigan (French horn), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Sarah Williams (bass trombone, tuba), Michael Janisch (double bass) & Jeff Williams (Drums).

Also in, (featured below) we have an interview with Mike Gibbs on the new release conducted by London Jazz News.

To purchase the album please check out the album page.



First Review in from Marlbank for Matt Ridley’s Debut Release PLUS Airplay on UK Jazz Radio and Phonic FM

image001Bass player Matt Ridley will shortly be releasing his debut album Thymos with WWR on the 14th October, and already we have in a glowing 4 star review from Marlbank

The review states Matt as a charismatic leader on the bass, and  announces that he “has made a stirring debut here and his future on the scene seems very bright after this fine start”. The album has also recently received airplay on UK Jazz Radio on the ’21 Century Jazz’ show, as well as on Phonic FM. There will be another feature soon on UK Jazz Radio on the ‘Peter Slavid’ show.

The album launch for Thymos will be at the Pizza Express on Dean Street, Soho, London on the 1st October. Check out a mention of the concert here from Marlbank.

To hear the album prior to release please visit the album page, and featured below we have the album promo video for the release.



Reviews In from The Jazz Mann and The Jazz Breakfast for ‘Infinite Blue’ by Patrick Cornelius

Infinite Blue Low ResIn July this year we released Patrick Cornelius’ second album on WWR – Infinite Blue, and today we have in two glowing reviews from The Jazz Breakfast and The Jazz Mann.

The Jazz Breakfast describe the release as “a neatly constructed programme with a lot to recommend” with The Jazz Mann noting it as “another strong offering from Cornelius”. Watch out for the October issue of Jazzwise which contains a review of the release.

The album features a fantastic line up with Patrick Cornelius on alto saxophone, Frank Kimbrough – piano, Michael Janisch – bass and Jeff Ballard – drums, with guest musicians Nick Vayenas – trombone, Michael Rodriguez and John Chin – trumpet.

We currently have a special offer on Infinite Blue where every physical purchase of the CD comes with a free copy of Patrick’s first WWR release – Fierce. To purchase the album please visit the album page, and featured below we have the track Regent Street.

Mention in Jazzwise for John Escreet’s ‘Sabotage and Celebration’, Out October 15th

Sabotage-and-Celebration-coverIn today, we have news of a mention from Jazzwise for our eagerly anticipated release – John Escreet’s Sabotage and Celebration. In just a month to go, the release is set to receive a lot of attention from critics and fans alike on both sides of the atlantic.escreet

The release features a stellar line up, with musicians Chris Potter and Dave Binney on saxophones, Matt Brewer on bass, Jim Black on drums, guest musicians Adam Rodgers on guitar, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi and Nina Geiger on vocals, Shane Endsley on Trumpet, Josh Roseman on Trombone, and a full 5 piece string section, as well as John Escreet himself on piano. Jazzwise describes it as “his most ambitious work to date’.

You can check out track samples of the album prior to release on 15th Oct. on the Sabotage and Celebration album page

Ollie Howell’s Debut Album ‘Sutures and Stitches’ Releases Worldwide Today!

ollie_symbol[1]A huge congratulations to multi-award winning drummer, composer and bandleader Ollie Howell as today we launch his debut release on WWR – ‘Sutures and Stiches’. You can now purchase the album as a physical record or downloadable MP3 album from the WWR store, as well as all good record stores and online retail sites around the world.

The album has already received glowing reviews from both Marlbank and Bebop Spoken Here, with even more on the way later this month. The release features some previous WWR artists including Partikel’s own Duncan Eagles and Max Luthert on saxophone and double bass respectively, with fellow compatriots Mark Perry on Trumpet and Matt Robinson on piano.

Sutures and Stitches

Ollie Howell is a remarkable young man who has overcome some of life’s biggest obstacles and used these events to compose a program of inspired music.  Currently based in London, and already establishing a name for himself both in the UK and abroad, Ollie’s main focus as a composer and bandleader has been his own quintet, who were recently awarded the prestigious Peter Whittingham Development Award in 2012, administered by the Musician’s Benevolent Fund. 

Quincy Jones notes him as “An unbelievable drummer. So creative I couldn’t believe it. This kid really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat that I believe has what it takes to make a life out of music.”

This album is one to watch out for in 2013. You can pick up your copy now from the online album page, as well as checking out sound samples of each track from the new release.

The press starts rolling in for Ollie Howell’s debut ‘Sutures & Stitches’ w/ rave reviews from Bebop Spoken Here & Marlbank

Sutures-and-Stitches“An absolute gem of an album.”
Bebop Spoken Here

“A remarkable and highly promising first album.”

Sutures and Stitches is the debut solo album from the multi-award winning drummer, composer and bandleader Ollie Howell, and will be released worldwide next week on the 23rd of Sept.  We’ve had two rave reviews come in from popular blog sites Marlbank and Bebop Spoken Here who both affirm that Ollie’s debut is a strong one indeed.  Check the album page here for sound samples and more information, with the promo video below. 



BIG NEWS: Andre Canniere releases ‘Coalescence’ his second album for WWR, release date OCT 28 + UK Tour and Album Launch event at Whirlwind Festival

Coalescence Album Cover

Whirlwind Recordings is proud to officially announce:


from trumpeter and composer Andre Canniere

Ivo Neame – Piano, Accordian
Hannes Riepler – Guitar
Ryan Trebilcock – Double Bass
Jon Scott – Drums

Release Date: October 28, 2013: Worldwide Physical & Digital


“One of the great challenges in composing instrumental music is finding ways to connect to a specific subject or concept, much like you would with a song containing lyrics.”
-Andre Canniere

andreCoalescence (defined as “the union of diverse things into one body or form”) is the latest solo album from the highly gifted trumpeter, composer & bandleader Andre Canniere, an American who’s currently based in London. This album is Canniere’s second release for WWR and follows his critically acclaimed Forward Space, which received no less than a 5-star review from The Guardian in 2012 as well as being called “one of the best recordings in a long time” by Jazzwise Magazine.

Coalescence builds greatly from its predecessor and gleams with originality from the first note, further demonstrating Canniere’s composing prowess as one of the premier writers of his generation, and one who completely bashes aside any concern with genre limitations while fusing an enormous musical palette into a unified and inspired statement. Canniere has also employed his regular band on the recording (pianist Ivo Neame, guitarist Hannes Reipler, bassist Ryan Trebilcock and drummer Jon Scott) and the result of their touring over the past year is clearly evident, as they have developed into one of the premier ensembles working at the forefront of improvised instrumental music in the UK.

What’s more is that Canniere is as skilled on trumpet as he is as a composer. Listen in as he expertly changes tones, timbres and attack on his chosen instrument at the blink of an eye, evoking different emotions and directions within the music, just as his compositions sometimes change unexpectedly from section to section, while never losing focus; he’s truly a craftsmen at work who’s developing an exciting and singular vision of music.

And look out for Andre’s UK tour in support of the release with a CD Launch party at our inaugural Whirlwind Festival at Kings Place on OCT 12. Click here for tickets.

12th Oct 2013
Andre Canniere
Kings Place
Official Coalescence Album Launch
The Whirlwind Festival

20th Oct 2013
Andre Canniere
Forest Row Jazz Club
Forest Row, England

22nd Oct 2013
Andre Canniere
Cardiff, Wales

29th Oct 2013
Andre Canniere
Liverpool, England

30th Oct 2013
Andre Canniere
Sheffield, England

31st Oct 2013
Andre Canniere
The Spin
Oxford, England


Review in for John O’Gallagher’s ‘The Anton Webern Project’ from Jazz Weekly

WebernJust in is another review for one of our recent releases – John O’Gallagher’s The Anton Webern Project. This new review is from Jazz Weekly, who describe John’s band as ‘flexible and adept’ at performing his reworkings and adaptions of the music of Anton Webern – an Austrian composer known for his innovations in twelve-tone technique and the musical movement known as ‘Serialism’.

Webern studied and was a significant follower of composer Arnold Schoenberg, who himself was associated with the ‘expressionist’ movement, with the influences of these composers living on in this latest WWR release which has already been hailed in the press as one of the most original albums of 2013.

 To hear and purchase ‘The Anton Webern Project’ please click here, for a recent podcast from Greanleaf music please click here and below we have the promo video for the album.

Blog Update from Artist Alban Low, ft. Partikel’s ‘Cohesion’ Album Art

cohesionA new update from artist Alban Low has just been posted on his blog site, which features previously unseen artwork and describes how the album design was pieced together for Partikel’s WWR release Cohesion. The article also delivers a rare insight into the process of creating visual artwork to compliment the music, the relationship between the two art forms and shares the notes that he created when listening to Partikel’s compositions for the first time that later featured on their release.

To purchase Partikel’s Cohesion please check out the album page. Featured below is a full length track from the album, free to enjoy.