Reviews from Marlbank, London Jazz News and Bebop Spoken Here for Rachael Cohen’s Debut Release ‘Halftime’

RC Front CoverRachael Cohen last week released her debut album Halftime on WWR and already we have reviews in from Marlbank and London Jazz News, with London Jazz News describing Rachael playing as “fluent, contained and thoughtful, her tone an affecting warble, gentle and confiding in its quieter moments, but hardening where required to enable her to explore all the various nooks and crannies of her melodic, carefully wrought themes.” The review also announces that “on the evidence of this wholly entertaining, absorbing album, (Rachael is) a considerable compositional and instrumental talent.”

We also have a review from Bebop Spoken Here who states the album as “Another CD of the Year contender. I give up – the standard this year is just so high!”

To purchase the latest WWR release please check out the Halftime album page. Featured below we have a clip from Rachael’s recent performance at the 2013 Whirlwind Festival at Kings Place.

Review from The Guardian, Jazz Views, Feature in Rhythm Magazine, Review and Mention in Jazzwise, plus Airtime on BBC Radio 3 for Ollie Howell’s Debut ‘Sutures and Stitches’

Sutures and StitchesDrummer and composer Ollie Howell recently released his debut album Sutures and Stitches on WWR which has landed with a great response from critics including a 4 star review from The York Press and 4.5 stars from The Jazz Mann. Now we have many more to add to the collection including a review from The Guardian, Jazz Views, Jazzwise Magazine, a feature in Rhythm Magazine and airtime on BBC Radio 3.

The Guardian announce the album as “a fine debut” with Jazz Views describing the band as having “absolutely flawless technique and the ability to interpret and interrogate Howell’s themes with intelligence and  originality without reliance on jaded licks or straining for superficial effect”. Jazz Views continues with saying that “the music stands on its own feet as an example of the best of contemporary jazz” and “I would urge everyone to avail themselves of a copy and envy those who are able to hear them live on their current UK tour.”

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 02.59.00Check out Ollie’s joint interview (featured below) with esteemed drummer Jimmy Cobb in the latest issue of Rhythm Magazine, plus a review in December’s Jazzwise Magazine which on top of the review is a mention for the album by Chris Philips of Jazz Fm who states Ollie as “one to watch”.

Sutures and Stitches has also featured on Jazz Line Up on BBC Radio 3 on 9th November playing the track Beyond.

To purchase the album please check out the album page here.


The Bannau Trio Receive Airplay on Jazz Fm, Dublin City Fm & The Bridge Jazz Show

Nia Lynn Album Cover for 'Point of ViewThe Bannau Trio’s latest release Points of View has recently received airplay on the 5th, 11th and 14th November from Jazz FM on Helen Mayhew’s show Dinner Jazz. The band have also received airplay on 6th November on Dublin City FM show Night Train where they played the track Upon The Hill and on the 11th November on The Bridge Jazz Show who aired Who Can I Turn To.

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.

The album is described by esteemed British vocalist Norma Winstone as “A fresh and original sound; beautiful music from three of the best musicians on the British scene.” To purchase please visit the album page, and featured below we have the album promo video that accompanies the release.

Andre Canniere’s ‘Coalescence’ Announced in list of ’20 of the Best UK Jazz Releases of the Year So Far’ by Marlbank PLUS Album Chosen as part of Ray’s Jazz Chart and Airplay on Phonic FM

Coalescence Album CoverOur recent release by Andre Canniere entitled Coalescence has been creating quite a stir recently with Marlbank announcing the album as one of the ‘20 of the best UK jazz releases of the year so far‘, a list that also features other WWR titles including Jeff Williams’ The Listener and Sam Crowe’s Towards the Centre of Everything.

The album has also been announced in the November issue of Jazzwise as an album pick as a part of Ray’s Jazz Chart and has received airplay on 5th November on Phonic FM where they played the track Sweden Hill.

To purchase Coalescence please visit the album page, and featured below we have the album promo video that accompanies the release.


RELEASE DAY: For Rachael Cohen’s ‘Halftime’ featuring Phil Robson, Calum Gourlay and James Bashford

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 A big congratulations goes to alto saxophonist and composer Rachael Cohen today as we release her debut album worldwide!

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Rachael Cohen – Alto Saxophone
Phil Robson – Guitars
Calum Gourlay – Double Bass
James Bashford – Drums

Release Date: November 18, 2013


Whirlwind Recordings is very pleased to announce the debut solo-album Halftime from Rachael Cohen. Originally from the Shetland Islands (off the northern coast of Scotland) and now based in London, Cohen is an alto saxophonist and composer on the rise, with an infectious tone and an uncanny storytelling-ability-when-improvising that defies her age. As of late, her performances and highly personal composing skills have gained her a great deal of attention (not to mention some major awards and nominations) from the UK jazz press & community. One of Rachael’s strongest attributes is her lyrical and controlled phrasing when improvising, which she delivers as if telling a story with the ease and sophistication of someone twice her age. And her sidewoman credentials are very impressive, performing already with such notables as Joe Locke, Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith, John Hollenbeck, Donny McCaslin, Phil Robson, and Gary Versace.

Halftime showcases a full program of nine strikingly original compositions from the leader and a cover from the iconic Ornette Coleman titled ‘Just for You’. Cohen’s quartet features long-time associate James Bashford on drums, bassist Calum Gourlay & special guest and WWR Artist Phil Robson on guitar.

The album covers a lot of diverse musical ground but the binding thread throughout the tracks is Cohen’s use of strong melody, and this highly personal approach of hers shines through on each song. In Rachael’s own words: “This album is really an introduction to my style and compositions. I’m influenced by a massive variety of music and have put a lot of that into my writing, something that I hope people will recognize and be able to relate to. The music featured has been written over a long stretch of time and pinpoints certain memories of mine, I think most people can relate a piece of music to particular times in their life. It’s been amazing to hear the development of the my tunes from how they started, some of them a long time ago, to how they sound now, and what the quartet have brought to them. I’ve been really blown away by Phil’s playing, along with Calum and Jim, I’m excited to get the music out there.”

Produced by WWR’s own Michael Janisch, the album also features highlight performances by all on board (not to mention some standout guitar work from Mr. Robson), and will no doubt put Cohen strongly on the map as one of the premier new voices of her generation in the UK’s jazz and improvised music scene, as well as introduce her talents to new listeners around the globe.


Review for The Aruán Ortiz and Michael Janisch Quintet’s ‘Banned in London’ from Skremsky Reviews

cover_hiresThe Aruán Ortiz / Michael Janisch Quintet released Banned in London back in 2012 which now boasts a plethora of praising reviews from critics including a 4 1/2 star review from Downbeat Magazine and 4 star reviews from Jazzwise MagazineMarlbankThe Financial TimesThe Winnipeg Free PressThe Irish Times and Cuadernos de Jazz.  
In today we have yet another review for the release from the US Skremsky Reviews who states that “The London audience only got to experience this excellent music once. At home, you have the luxury of savoring this set over and over, and I urge you to do so. Definitely recommended.”
The album features Aruán Ortiz on piano, Michael Janisch on double bass, Greg Osby on saxophone, Raynald Colom on trumpet and Rudy Royston on drums, with the band noted by BBC Radio 3 as “a 5 Star transatlantic group… it’s jazz as a truly global art form.” 

To purchase the album please head over to the album page where you can also hear samples of each track. Featured below we have the band performing the Michael Janisch original ‘Precisely Now’ at Whirlwind Festival 2013, Kings Place in London.  

5 Star Review from BBC Music Magazine & Review in Pasatiempo Magazine for ‘Mike Gibbs +12 Play Gil Evans’

The esteemed composer and arranger Mike Gibbs recently released Mike Gibbs +12 Play Gil Evans on Whirlwind Recordings, receiving 4 star reviews from The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Arts Desk. We’re delighted to announce another to the collection with a glowing 5 star review from BBC Music Magazine who state that “from the first note, you know you’re entering the unique Gibbs soundscape – those hair’s breadth intervals, beautifully timed and tuned, glistening with piquant strokes of color. The effect is luminous but with a delicate edge, and it’s rich, encompassing the full palette of orchestral texture.” 

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Also in is a review from Paul Weideman which featured in Pasatiempo – a weekly arts/entertainment/culture magazine of the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. You can view it here, with both reviews also featured on the right. 

To purchase Mike Gibbs +12 Play Gil Evans please check out the album page, and featured below we have a full length sample track. 

Press Update for John Escreet’s ‘Sabotage & Celebration’: multiple 4 and 5 star reviews from BBC Music Magazine, The Guardian, Music OMH, Financial Times, Downbeat, and other major accolades and features from the internaitonal press.

Sabotage-and-Celebration-coverJohn Escreet’s Sabotage and Celebration was released on October 15 and his incredible 5th solo album has received an onslaught of international praise including 5 star reviews as well as mentions as one of the most ‘dazzling albums of 2013.’  We knew when we first heard the album that it was a standout artistic statement by one of the most exciting of contemporary creative musicians, and we’re pleased that it’s getting the accolades it deserves.  Here are some of the recent press highlights:

“An outstanding album, with excellent performances throughout.” 5 Stars, BBC Music Magazine

“One of the contemporary jazz highlights of 2013.” 4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine

“UK-born, New York-based pianist/composer Escreet outdoes himself on his aptly titled fifth album, an overwhelming, original onslaught of mint-fresh invention and virtuosity.”
4 Stars, MOJO Magazine

“Tension. Fear. Drama. Resolution. Joy. Comfort. On his excellent fifth album as a leader, John Escreet expresses a range of emotion and the kind of narrative arc that wouldn’t be out of place in an opera.” 4 Stars, Downbeat Magazine

“Sabotage and Celebration finds this precociously accomplished small-ensemble composer relishing a broader palette. He’s a big talent.”4 Stars, The Guardian

“This album confirms that John Escreet has become fully assimilated as a major player on the US jazz scene. He’s arguably the UK’s most successful and influential musical export to the US since Dave Holland.” 4 Stars, The JazzMann

“Sabotage and Celebration is Escreet’s most ambitious work yet, and also his most successful. At just 29 years old, he proves himself to be a mature artist and one of the leaders in the new generation of composers and improvisers who are pushing the boundaries of jazz.” All About Jazz

“Sabotage And Celebration is one of the year’s most dazzling recordings, something of a composition masterclass and a satisfying balance of science and spirit.”4 1/2 Stars, Music OMH

“Escreet’s originals are outstanding.” 4 Stars, The Evening Standard

“There’s emotional width and narrative drive on pianist/composer John Escreet’s tough-centred and disciplined round-up of New York’s current left field. Jerky, angular themes sit on tight rock-driven riffs, optimistic grooves rarely resolve and blasts of free jazz deliver controlled fury. Saxophonists David Binney and Chris Potter are contrasting lead voices and Jim Black and Matt Brewer on drums and bass imply hidden complexities. But it’s Escreet’s sense of form which really stands out as the jazz flows free while strings, brass and voices keep structure intact.” 4 Stars, The Financial Times


John was also featured in the recent issue of Jazzwise Magazine.


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Reviews from Radio Cardiff’s The Jazz Special for Andre Canniere and Mike Gibb’s Latest Releases PLUS Review from iDrum Magazine for Sam Crowe’s ‘Towards the Centre of Everything’

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In today we have two glowing radio reviews from Radio Cardiff’s Jazz Special for both Andre Canniere and Mike Gibbs latest releases Coalescence and Mike Gibbs +12 Play Gil Evans. To check out the reviews please head over to the media player on the Jazz Special website, where it will be available all this week for listening. 

Also in today we have a review from iDrum Magazine for Sam Crowe’s release Towards the Centre of Everything who state that “Crowe’s compositions are superbly constructed and executed by a killer band that navigates them with ease and panache” and note the album as “a logical development from his excellent debut Synaesthesia, further showcasing his compositional talents”.

Featured below we have full length samples from each album mentioned above and to purchase please check out the album page


Reviews In for The Bannau Trio’s Latest Release ‘Points of View’ from Bebop Spoken Here and Marlbank

Nia Lynn Album Cover for 'Point of ViewNia Lynn’s Bannau Trio released their debut WWR album Points of View yesterday following a recent sold-out album launch at Kings Place earlier last month and already we have in two glowing reviews for the new release, with the first from Bebop Spoken Here who state the album as “another winner from Whirlwind” and Marlbank who describe Nia as having “pristine vocals with a strong technical command”.  

The album features the world-renowned flautist (and WWR Artist) Gareth Lockrane and pianist Ross Stanley as well as special guest vocalist Norma Winstone. Nia 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.

To purchase the latest WWR release and for more information on the band please head over to the album page where you can also check out samples of each track, and below we have a full length sample track for your listening pleasure.