Matt Ridley Album Review from Jazz Views and Jazzwise PLUS Live Review from Bristol Jazz Log

image001Matt Ridley released his debut album Thymos to great acclaim with 4 star reviews from Marlbank and The Jazz Mann with the latter describing the album as “an impressive début and represents a substantial artistic statement from the talented Mr. Ridley… Ridley has emerged as an outstanding composer and band-leader with the release of “Thymos”, his magnificent new album.”

 Today we have a review from Jazz Views which states it as “a high quality performances, matched by peerless production and presentation and a worth addition to the collection of any listener wish to keep abreast of the wealth of new talent that is keeping the music infused with creative drive”

Also in is a live concert review from the Bristol Jazz Log, the review of which can be viewed below as well a review from Jazzwise.

To purchase please click on the album page where you can buy it as a physical CD or high quality MP3. 

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Bristol Jazz Log


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NYC Jazz Record Review for John O’Gallagher’s ‘The Anton Webern Project’ PLUS Album in ‘Best of 2013’ by The Blue Moment

WebernJohn O’gallagher released The Anton Webern Project on WWR earlier this year receiving great praise from critics with 4 stars from The Financial Times, O’s Place Jazz Magazine, The Jazz Man, The guardian and 5 stars from Nordwestschweiz (Switzerland).

John O'Gallagjher

We now have a glowing review in from NYC Jazz Record who say that “The band is immensely tight and texturally engrossing. Russ Lossing plays Rhodes and piano but spends much of his time on Hammond organ – a refreshing choice to interpret harmony this dark and dense. The instrument’s warmth and fullness cuts through and enhances every finely orchestrated passage with Pete McCcann (guitar) and Matt Moran (vibraphone).”

The review continues to say that “his adaptations stan on their own, but they’re more eye-opening when played alongside Webern’s original, with instrumentation ranging from solo piano to string quartet to orchestra to mixed chorus. Each is a world apart, yet O’Gallagher detects the common thread, captures the essence and enriches the music in the end.”

They also say that “O’Gallagher’s complexity and drive can bring to mind contemporaries such as Steve Lehman, Greg Osby, Dave Binney and Tim Berne. There are hints of those aesthetic worlds in pieces such as ‘Schnell (after Op. 27)’.” 

You can check out the whole review on the right >>

The album has also reached best records of 2013 by The Blue Moment. To purchase (physical CD or high quality MP3) please check out the album page

Review from The Jazz Mann & All About Jazz for Romain Pilon’s ‘Colorfield’ PLUS Album in Jazz Breakfast’s Festive 50

romain_pilon_cover_colorfieldRomain Pilon debut WWR release Colorfield earlier this year which gained two 4 star reviews from The Jazz Mann and and Marlbank and described by The Jazz Breakfast as “a wonderfully relaxed breath of fresh air. A lovely unassuming album which doesn’t need to impress, it’s just happy to be, and is all the more fulfilling for it.”

We now have in a 4 star review from The Jazz Mann who describe the album as “an understated gem” continuing to say that “Pilon realises his vision superbly, there’s a clarity and unity of purpose about this album, a sustained aesthetic that makes it a perfect mood piece”. The review finishes off by stating that “the playing from all four protagonists is excellent throughout, undemonstrative but always skilful and intelligent with an underlying sense of really serving the music. In its own way a quiet masterpiece.”

Also in is a review from All About Jazz  that say that “‘color field painting places less emphasis on movement, gesture … and action in favour of an overall consistency of form and process.’ It’s a description that captures much of the flavor of Colorfield the album.”

Colorfield is also featured in The Jazz Breakfast’s ‘Festive 50‘. 

To check out samples of the album and to purchase (physical CD or high quality MP3) please head over to the album page.

Jazz Breakfasts’ Festive 50 includes WWR’s ‘Mike Gibbs + 12 Play Gil Evans’, John Escreet ‘Sabotage and Celebration’, Rachael Cohen’s ‘Halftime’, Sam Crowe Group’s ‘Towards The Centre Of Everything’, Romain Pilon’s ‘Colorfield’ PLUS ‘Mike Gibbs +12 in Best of 2013 in Jazzwise

The Jazz Breakfast recently released their ‘Festive 50’ with their favourite releases on 2013 which includes Whirlwind releases: 

Mike Gibbs + 12 Play Gil Evans

John Escreet Sabotage and Celebration

Rachael Cohen’s Halftime

Sam Crowe Group’s Towards The Centre Of Everything

Romain Pilon’s Colorfield

You can view the full list of the ‘Festive 50’ hereMike Gibbs + 12 Play Gil Evans, as well as being in Jazz Breakfast’s list, has also come up twice in Best Albums of 2013 in Jazzwise – congratulations to Mike!

To hear samples, read reviews and purchase the above albums please check out our album page. Featured below is our 2013 album sampler with a full track sample from every WWR release in 2013. 

Happy Holidays from Whirlwind Recordings + 30% off Winter Sale until January 2nd!!!

As a big thank you to all of you who have supported WWR and our artists this year, we are now offering 30% off all the music on our site from Dec 22 – Jan 2.326

Simply use the discount code: WWRHOLIDAY during the checkout process, and the 30% discount will be applied.

We’ve had an amazing year in 2013, here are just some of the highlights:

  • Released 15 incredible albums, and so far mentions on over 3 dozen ‘best of’ lists. This brings our catalog up to 36 albums in just three years.   
  • Signed distribution deals in 6 new territories and joined the Proper Distribution family.
  • Had our first booth at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany, where we made important contacts which has resulted in many of our artists gaining great new exposure and new touring opportunities. Look for us in Bremen again this year! 

And who could forget our first Whirlwind Festival? On OCT 10-12th 20 bands from the WWR catalog descended on London from US, UK an Europe (over 100 musicians in total) and shared in three incredible days of music making at the Kings Place in London. 

We’ve got some videos to share from our festival which are now up on our YouTube channel.  35 videos in all from a selection of artists who performed. Click the image below. 

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Once again, a HUGE thanks for all your support over our three years, we simply could not do what we do without you!  

Head to our store now to get your 30% off, use coupon code: WWRHOLIDAY at checkout.

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Whirlwind Recordings. 

Announcing Zhenya Strigalev’s SMILING ORGANIZM 16 Date European Tour featuring Ambrose Akinmusire, Liam Noble, Larry Grenadier & Eric Harland

Announcing Zhenya Strigalev’s SMILING ORGANIZM 16 Date European Tour featuring Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet, Taylor Eigsti – piano, Liam Noble – piano, Larry Grenadier – double bass, Linley Marthe – electric bass and Eric Harland – drums


15th January – DOKHUSSET, Trondheim, Norway
16th January – BIRD, Rotterdam, Netherlands
17th January – PORGY AND BESS, Vienna, Austria
18th January – UNTERFARHT, Munich, Germany
19th January – MURI KULTURE, Muri, Switzerland
20th January – RONNIE SCOTT’S, London, UK
21st January – JIMMY GLASS, Valencia, Spain
22nd January – JAMBOREE, Barcelona, Spain
23/24th January – A-TRANE JAZZ CLUB, Berlin, Germany
25th January – JAZZ CLUB FERRARA, Ferrara, Italy
26th January – PANIC JAZZ CLUB, Marostica, Italy
27th January – SUNSIDE, Paris, France
28th January – BAND ON A WALL, Manchester, UK
29th January – BIMHUIS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
30th January – FASCHING, Stockholm, Sweeden


Smiling Organizm is a project with a rotating line up consisting of the highest calibre international musicians focusing on Zhenya’s original music which swings between a wide range of styles, focusing on strong rhythmic structures, solid bass lines and melodies.

This time around it is a very unique line up (dare we say supergoup) including highly in demand American musicians such as the late Joe Zawinul’s virtuoso bassist Linley Marthe and one of the most original UK pianists, Liam Noble. The tour will follow immediately after the recording of the second “Smiling Organizm” album in New York and the band will be previewing some of the new material.


Smiling Organizm is:

Zhenya Strigalev is critically-acclaimed world-class musician who has cut a dynamic path between the London and New York jazz scenes, having collaborated with some of today’s most forward thinking creative musicians including Chris “Daddy” Dave, “Foley” McCreary, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Robert Mitchell, Liam Noble, Tim Lefebvre, Larry Grenadier, and Eric Harland among others. 

Ambrose Akinmusire – One of the most talked about and lauded trumpet players in contemporary jazz today.

Taylor Eigsti – A rising star of the New York jazz scene who has played with Joshua Redman, Christina McBride and Gretchen Parlato.

Liam Noble – “hardly plays a solo without at least one turn of phrase that brings you to the edge of your seat.” Highly individual, original and thoughtful british pianist who has collaborated with Ingrid Laubrock, Lol Coxhill, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Rainey.

Eric Harland – One of the most in demand drummers of our time, has played with a who’s who of the greats and the contemporaries, including McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Charles LLoyd, Joe Henderson, Ternece Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, Betty Carter & Wynton Marsalis.

Linley Marthe – Maurtius born, self taught bass player who was part of Joe Zawinul’s Syndicate from 2003 to 2007. One of the truly original electric bass players.

Larry Grenadier – Widely regarded as a contemporary jazz acoustic bassist, was a member of the Pat Metheny Trio from 1999 -2007 and has been one third of the Brad Mehldau trio since 1995.

Don’t miss this exciting coming together of musicians under the leadership of visionary and catalyst Zhenya Strigalev. 



“Held together by sheer bravura, raw energy and no shortage of well-placed virtuosity, Strigalev and his band whip up a delightfully  free-flowing musical storm…Smiling Organizm is Strigalev’s fifth and best album to date.”  
-Bass Guitar Magazine

“Zhenya Strigalev is a fascinating old-school/cutting-edge hybrid, with a formidable  bebop-rooted sax technique, a burgeoning talent for composition, and an engaging willingness to take a chance.” 
-Guardian, London CD of the month

“This dashing young Russian emigré is a fearless jammer….He’s in typically fast company here, leading an international sextet including fellow Russian trumpeter Vitaly Golovnev, chameleonic London pianist Liam Noble and the all-American drum’n’bass team of Eric Harland and Larry Grenadier. Bass-guitarist Tim Lefebvre joins the mix for some nimble neobop, muscular funk and a hilariously punked-up version of Midnight in Moscow. Good value If you like fun and originality with your contemporary jazz.
-4 Stars, CD of the Week, Evening Standard

“this well constructed album, in which the leader is backed by A-list players… is worth an hour and a quarter of your day, even in this era where so many are ‘time poor’… Lefebvre’s growling fuzz bass on Midnight In Moscow is arresting…”
-Echoes Magazine

“London-based alto saxophonist brings his crackling, innovative spirit to his new album Smiling Organizm… a recent sampling of New York’s downtown scene….ineffably cool grooves with memorable riffs, free-improv-infused breakouts and fast-talking bebop.”
-The Metro

“[Smiling Organizm] has all the knife-edge momentum and skilled improvisatory abandon of its leader… chock-full of playful twists and turns, Strigalev’s album is what you might call a real cliche-free ride.”
-Jazzwise Magazine

“An irresistibly lively but musicianly album from a stellar band. Strigalev has a penchant for both blazing post-bop acoustic jazz, and for imaginative funk, so lining up Grenadier and electric bassist Lefebvre was eminently sensible; pianist Noble is an inexhaustibly inventive soloist in both modes, and drummer Harland is as at home with the contemplative, relatively straightahead jazz of Charles Lloyd as he is with the multi-hued sound of Joshua Redman.”
-London Jazz

“Smiling Organizm is an impressive statement. Rooted in bebop but not hidebound by it the album has a highly contemporary edge and an urgent, unmistakably urban sound.”
-The Jazz Mann

“Smiling Organizm should appeal equally to the grunge jazz crew as it does to the admirers of instrumental technique…”
-The Jazz Breakfast

“Strigalev’s alto-playing sometimes resembles a faster and even more demented Art Pepper – well suited to the parts of this set that resemble a cartoon-movie score as played by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The studio band is dazzlingly driven by New York’s great Charles Lloyd drummer Eric Harland and Brad Mehldau bassist Larry Grenadier, with New York avant-funk electric bassist Tim Lefebvre contributing to the more abstract passages…Hearing Liam Noble at full stretch with one of the world’s great bass and drums partnerships is a big plus.”
-The Guardian 

Rachael Cohen Listed in Jazz Breakfast’s ‘Festive 50’, Glowing Review from All About Jazz PLUS Airplay on Dublin City FM, 102.5FM, Phonic FM & Radio Cardiff

RC Front CoverRachael Cohen recently launched her debut album Halftime on WWR which landed well with critics with Bebop Spoken Here announcing it as “another contender for CD of the Year” and in today we have yet more glowing reviews to add to the collection.

The album has just been listed on Jazz Breakfast’s ‘Festive 50’ which states that “Cohen shines brightest with seemingly effortlessly melodic and naturally flowing improvisations”. You can view the full list of the ‘Festive 50’ here

Also in is a glowing review from All About Jazz who say that Rachael is “a player who’s not afraid to leave her sound exposed and who’s aware of the importance of space and emotion.”

Rachael’s album has also received airplay on Dublin City FM’s Jazzorama playing the track Groove Envy, on 102.5FM’s The Bridge show playing the track Ask Me Later, Phonic FM Exeter playing the track Riggins, Higgins? and on Radio Cardiff Jazz Special where they played Just For You (1st Dec). 

You can purchase the album direct from the WWR site on the Halftime album page as a physical CD or high quality MP3. Featured below we have  

4 Star Album Review from Mojo and Concert Review from Bebop Spoken Here PLUS Airtime on for WWR Artist Ollie Howell

Sutures and StitchesDrummer Ollie Howell recently released his debut album on WWR with Sutures and Stitches which was well received by critics with 4.5 stars from The Jazz Mann, 4 stars from The York Press and stated by Bebop Spoken Here as “an absolute gem of an album.”

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Ollie’s debut has now received 4 stars in a review from Mojo as well as being listed in Mojo’s Best of Jazz 2013 – congratulations to Ollie and the band!

Also in is a live concert review from Bebop Spoken Here and the album has recently received airtime on Jazz.FM’s Later On. 

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To purchase the release please visit the Sutures and Stitches album page. 

Jeff Williams’ WWR Release ‘The Listener’ Picked By The ‘All About Jazz Critic’s List’ As One of The Best of 2013

The Listener Low ResEsteemed drummer, composer and bandleader Jeff Williams earlier this year released his second album on WWR entitled The Listener which achieved a great response from critics with 4 star reviews from The Guardian, Marlbank, The Financial Times and The Jazz Mann with London Jazz News stating 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. 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.”

The release has just been picked by the ‘All About Jazz Critic’s List‘ as one of the best of 2013, congratulations to Jeff and the band!

To purchase the release please visit The Listener album page, and below we have a full length track from the album – ‘Beer and Water’.

The Bannau Trio’s WWR Release ‘Points of View’ Listed in Marlbank’s Top 20 Jazz Vocal Albums of 2013 PLUS Airplay on Jazz FM

Nia Lynn Album Cover for 'Point of ViewThe Bannau Trio have recently won a place in Marlbank’s Top 20 Jazz Vocal Albums of 2013 with their WWR release Points of View – congratulations to Nia Lynn and the band! You can view the full list here. The new album has also been featured on Helen Mayhew’s show on Jazz FM where they played the track ‘Who Can I Turn To’.

Accompanying The Bannau Trio’s leader and vocalist Nia Lynn on this new release we have some of London’s finest jazz musicians with Gareth Lockrane on flute, Ross Stanley on piano and esteemed singer Norma Winstone on guest vocals. To purchase please visit the album page, and featured below we have the album promo that accompanies the release.