Partikel on 10 Day Scottish and Northern England Tour

poster_master copy[1]Partikel are off on a 10 day tour to Scotland and the North of England performing music from their latest album Cohesion and also will be playing some new music that they will be recording early next year for their upcoming album.

The tour kicks off ten miles from the most northern point of the UK at Lyth Arts Centre on Wednesday and then they will be making their way down through Scotland stopping off at Moray Jazz Club in Elgin, the Bathgate Regal Theatre and The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh and also The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen. Partikel will also be stopping off at Parr Jazz in Liverpool, Wharf Chambers in Leeds and Darlington Jazz Club just outside of Newcastle.

You can keep up to date with how Partikel are getting on their tour with frequent updates on their Twitter and Facebook page as well as the Whirlwind Youtube channel and if your in the area make sure you go and say hi 🙂

To purchase their current release Cohesion please head over to the album page, and featured below we have a new video from their recent performance at the Whirlwind Festival at Kings Place.

RELEASE DAY for Nick Vayenas’ second WWR Album ‘Some Other Time’ ft Doug Wamble, Patrick Cornelius, Rudy Royston and Michael Janisch

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Whirlwind Recordings is proud to announce Some Other Time is now available worldwide!

Click HERE to pick up your own copy!


Check out a full length track from the album:



Nick Vayenas is one of those rare finds. A person who will redefine the role of the trombone not only in small ensemble playing, but also in the way we perceive that instrument in the music community. His melodic concept is gorgeous, and his technique is beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed. I’m very proud to say that I’ve watched him grow. – Terence Blanchard,
(Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter and Film Scorer)

Trombonist, trumpeter and vocalist Nick Vayenas presents his third release as a leader, Some Other Time, which is his second album for Whirlwind Recordings, the follow up to the self titled Nick Vayenas. The album is a truly eclectic set of music comprised of four original compositions by Vayenas (which range from multi-metered funk grooves to full on driving rock) and four expertly arranged covers: Michel Legrand (“You Must Believe In Spring”), Leonard Bernstein (“Some Other Time”), Cole Porter (“So In Love”) and Oscar Levant (“Blame It On My Youth”). Vayenas’ take on these four classics have virtually transformed them into new songs of their own.

“For my second release on Whirlwind Recordings, I wanted a balance of instrumental and vocal, originals and covers,” states Vayenas. “An album that is the most complete personal musical statement I can make. This meant incorporating many different styles, as I am a big fan of all kinds of music. For the songs with lyrics, I was very specific about choosing songs that meant something to me, and arrangements that would help bring out the meaning of the words.”

Some Other Time features a bumper-crop of the world’s finest creative musicians in special guest guitarist Doug Wamble, pianist Dan Kaufman, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius, electric and double bassist Michael Janisch, drummer Rudy Royston and guests Joe Saylor (drums) & Peter Slavov (double bass).

Vayenas adds, “A band that had the versatility to make this album cohesive was a priority. Doug Wamble, Rudy Royston, Michael Janisch and Dan Kaufman are musicians who I have great respect for and feel very honored to have them take part in this project. They have roots in the jazz tradition, but are comfortable playing any style of music. Patrick Cornelius also showcases his talents, playing on several tunes and co-producing the album.”

Originally starting his music studies with trombone and piano at age 12, Nick Vayenas has since become an accomplished trumpeter and vocalist. In 2009, Nick Vayenas released his critically acclaimed debut album, Synesthesia, featuring pianist Aaron Parks, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius and drummer Kendrick Scott. It was a blend of live acoustic performances with electronic sounds, and featured Vayenas’ virtuosic mastery of the trombone. His 2012 release, Nick Vayenas (also featuring Cornelius and Scott, along with guitarist Lionel Loueke, Dan Kaufman and bassist Vicente Archer), displayed his astonishing breadth of skills on vocals, trumpet and trombone, showing more sides of his personality and giving equal attention to jazz standards and original compositions.

Vayenas’ musical development at Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and The Thelonious Monk Institute were key in his technical development as a musician and composer. His bands feature an ensemble cast of musicians who came of age playing together in their late teens and early twenties in Boston. Kendrick Scott and Patrick Cornelius have been performing and recording with Vayenas since their days together at Berklee College of Music. Pianist Dan Kaufman and bassist Vicente Archer, who quickly became two of the busiest working musicians upon moving to New York, also attended school in Boston during those same years, and the five of them made music together often in various configurations. Jazz and world music guitarist Lionel Loueke also attended Berklee with Vayenas, Cornelius, and Scott.

Nick Vayenas seamlessly straddles both the commercial music industry and the creative jazz world, having worked comfortably with international pop superstars like Michael BublĂ© and Josh Groban, and respected New York jazz artists like Kendrick Scott, Dayna Stephens, and Patrick Cornelius alike. He is equally at home performing in intimate New York jazz clubs such as The Jazz Gallery and The Blue Note as well as in huge arenas around the world. All of these diverse music experiences that make up Vayenas’ colorful history have found their into the music of Some Other Time.

RELEASE DAY for Andre Canniere’s second WWR album ‘Coalescence’

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WWR is extremely proud to announce the worldwide release day for Andre Canniere’s new album Coalescence!!

Now you can get a copy here on our site as well as all record stores and digitally online.

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

ABOUT Coalescence:

“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

Coalescence (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.


Previews from Jazzwise, The Jazz Breakfast and Clacton and Frinton Gazette for Ollie Howell’s ‘Sutures and Stitches’ Tour

Sutures-and-StitchesDrummer Ollie Howell recently released his debut album on WWR and is already mid-way through his UK tour of Sutures and Stitches leading a band of rising young musicians with Duncan Eagles on saxophone, Mark Perry on Untitledtrumpet, Matt Robinson on piano and Max Luthert on double bass. In today we have a collection of previous for the current tour including previews from The Jazz Breakfast, Clacton and Frinton Gazette as well as Jazzwise (featured on the right).

To check out music samples and to purchase as either a CD or downloadable MP3 please visit the Sutures and Stitches album page.



Reviews for Romain Pilon’s Colorfield from The Blue Moment & The Jazz Breakfast

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Romain Pilon’s Colorfield recently launched on WWR and today we have in some glowing reviews with the first from The Blue Moment who state that “here is an hour of music in which substance triumphs over style. The tunes are attractive and varied but never flamboyant and they inspire solos which have no ambition beyond a thorough exploration of their themes and structures.”

 They continue with saying that Romain “plays with a small, rounded, soft-edged tone reminiscent of the great Jim Hall, and uses absolutely no effects other than his great ear for harmonically acute, melodically elegant, rhythmically fluid improvisation” and “all in all, highly recommended.”

 The second review in today is from The Jazz Breakfast who announce the album as “wonderfully relaxed breath of fresh air” and continuing with describing it as “a lovely, unassuming album which doesn’t need to impress; it’s happy just to be, and is all the more fulfilling for it.”

To purchase this new release please click here to visit the album page where you can check out samples of each track and purchase as a CD or MP3 format.


BIG NEWS: WWR to release Nia Lynn’s Bannau Trio ‘Points of View’ NOV 4th featuring the iconic Norma Winstone

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Nia_Lynn_-33 LOWAnnouncing the new release from Nia Lynn:

Points of View

The Bannau Trio
 Nia Lynn – Vocals
Gareth Lockrane – Flute
Ross Stanley – Piano
with Special Guest:
Norma Winstone – Vocals

Release Date: November 4, 2013

A fresh and original sound; beautiful music from three of the best musicians on the British scene.
-Norma Winstone

Points of View is the debut WWR release from vocalist and composer Nia Lynn and her Bannau Trio, which features the world-renowned flautist (and WWR Artist) Gareth Lockrane and pianist Ross Stanley. Lynn is known as one of the UK’s most creative vocalists and emotive songwriters, with the ability to sing deeply personal self-penned compositions to counterpointing lines alongside some of the most advanced instrumentalists on the scene.preview-norma-winstone

A true ‘musician’s vocalist,’ Lynn and her Bannau Trio have been quietly ploughing their own path in the contemporary chamber jazz world since 2005, while drawing heavy influence from the ‘singer songwriter tradition’ which ties in with Nia’s love of lyric craft and poetry (she is also a published poet). Excitedly this new album features one of the most respected names in UK music history, the incomparable Norma Winstone (who’s also a profound influence on Nia’s singing and music), and a program of beautiful music to soothe the soul while at the same time pleasing the mind.

Nine sparkling compositions make up Points of View, with three original compositions from Lynn, and six wonderfully-chosen covers that have been stripped down to their raw essentials: “Renewal” (Ralph Towner), “Soldier’s Things” (Tom Waits), “Upon the Hill” (music from Nikki Iles / lyrics by Lynn), “Two Points of View” (music from Gwilym Simcock / lyrics by Lynn) “Harriet” by John Lee, “Who Can I Turn To” by Anthony Newly and Leslie Bricusse, and “Some Other Time” by Bernstein, Comden and Green. The music has been masterfully performed by the Bannau Trio, who effortlessly balance virtuosity and space with ease, rendering completely new and invigorating covers next to personal versions of originals. The album was also recorded live at The Forge in Camden, an added bonus and insight into the groups open and interactive live performance.

Nia has provided some fascinating insight into her group, their concept and music:

Bannau’ is the welsh word for beacon, the dictionary definition of which is ‘a signal to help fix a position, a fire or light to help to guide in rough weather or on the rough sea’. The idea for the Bannau Trio was born when the three of us were literally at sea on the Pacific, adrift in many ways, but brought together in a search for that fixed point where the musical conversation meets.
Like the views on the Brecon Beacons where I was born, the music tries to reflect an open, barren, placeless-ness where the mind can wander and the imagination can stretch, yet where reassurance can be found in a light that can guide you safely home. Norma Winstone’s ‘Somewhere Called Home’ (ECM – Norma Winstone, Tony Coe, John Taylor) was the seminal album and inspiration for me to start this trio, and it is the greatest gift to have Norma join us on this album.
The freedom to roam with melody, time, and texture, to draw on the influence of folk, jazz, and original works, and to break the expectations of musical and lyrical roles, is a premise for the trio’s interaction and repertoire choices. Through the years, the Bannau Trio have been exactly this kind of beacon to me – guiding, and shedding light on a creative journey. We hope that our listeners will join us on our journey, following their own expansive imaginations and allowing fantasy to wander freely.”

4 Star Review from The Jazz Mann for John O’Gallagher’s Release ‘The Anton Webern Project’

Webern Cover PhotoEarlier this year we released John O’Gallaghers WWR album The Anton Webern Project and today we’ve received a glowing 4 star review in today from The Jazz Mann who announce the release as “an absorbing, surprisingly accessible, and often exciting album. O’Gallagher has realised his mission statement in brilliant fashion.” The review also states that “the playing is exemplary throughout with the musicians extracting new meanings from Webern’s work” and announces it as a “21st Century album that combines avant garde classical structures with the urgency and excitement of New York jazz”.

Check out samples of The Anton Webern Project on the album page, where you can also purchase it as a physical CD and downloadable MP3. Featured below we have the album promo video.


Concert Reviews from The Jazz Breakfast & Bebop Spoken Here plus Tour Preview from The Breakfast for Rachael Cohen’s Debut Release ‘Halftime’

RC-Front-CoverOn November 18th saxophonist and composer Rachael Cohen will be releasing her debut album Halftime on WWR and already ahead of the release we have in a concert review from The Jazz Breakfast on her recent Halftime release tour. They announce that “she has a warm tone, with none of the stridency the alto can be prone to” and continues with “her playing has a melodic logic which is both fresh and at the same time easy to follow.”

We also have a review in from Bebop Spoken Here who take highlight to guitarist Tom Ford as well as Rachael’s alto saxophone tone, noting it as “a tone that, even unmiked, is absolutely beautiful”.

On top of this we have a preview from The Jazz Breakfast for her release tour, viewable here.

Samples of the release will be up very soon, so make sure to check that out – album page here.


4 Star Review from Marlbank & Review from London Jazz News for Upcoming Release ‘Coalescence’ by Andre Canniere

Coalescence Album CoverAndre Canniere will soon be releasing his second recording Coalescence on WWR and today we have an in depth and glowing review by London Jazz News of Andre’s work latest offering that can be viewed in it’s entirety here.

We also have a 4 star review from Marlbank, stating that “Canniere’s tunes are strong, his sound dark in hue at times and with an edge” and “convincing in every detail”.

Coalescence releases on next week on 18th October and features musicians Andre Canniere (trumpet), Ivo Neame (piano/accordion), Hannes Riepler (guitar), Ryan Trebilcock (double bass) and Jon Scott (drums). Check out samples of the release early on the album page.


Concert Review from Mallin Blog, Shoutout from Bury Free Press plus Airplay on BBC Jazz Line-up & Radio Cardiff for Ollie Howell’s Debut Release ‘Sutures and Stitches’

Sutures and StitchesSutures and Stitches, the debut release from drummer and composer Ollie Howell, recently launched on WWR and in today we have a concert reviews from Mallin Blog who notes Ollie as having “many qualities including a strong dedication to melodic and memorable themes, driving grooves and explosive improvisation”.

The album has also received a shoutout from Bury Free Press and airplay on BBC Jazz Line-up as well as on Radio Cardiff where they featured the track ‘So Close, So Far’.

 You can purchase Sutures and Stitches on the album page as either a physical CD or MP3 format. Featured below we have the promo video that accompanies the release.