BIG NEWS: Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar release ‘Leave the Door Open’ for worldwide release in March!

Harrison PACKAnnouncing the genre-bending release from
Joel Harrison and Anupam Shobhakar’s Multiplicity:

Leave the Door Open

Official Worldwide release date: March 11, 2013

Joel Harrison –
Electric, National Steel, Acoustic & Baritone Guitars
Anupam Shobhakar – Sarode
Gary Versace – Piano, B3 Organ & Accordian
Hans Glawischnig – Double & Electric Bass
Dan Weiss – Drums & Tabla

Plus Special Guests:
David Binney –
Alto Saxophone
Todd Isler – Percussion
Bonnie Chakraborty – Voice
Chandrashekar Vase – Voice

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Leave the Door Open
is the debut album from Multiplicity, a multi-cultural, genre-defying collaboration between Guggenheim Fellow and world-renowned American guitarist Joel Harrison and North Indian-native, virtuoso classical Sarodist and composer Anupam Shobhakar. The album beams with an amalgamation of styles influenced from the worlds of Indian Classical, jazz, blues and roots music, featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest contemporary creative musicians in the world: Gary Versace (piano, B-3 organ, accordion), Dan Weiss (drums and tables), Hans Glawischnig (acoustic & electric bass), as well as special guests David Binney (alto saxophone), Todd Isler (percussion), Bonnie Chakraborty and Chandrashekar Vase (vocals).

The music was cooperatively developed and composed by the two leaders between 2010 and 2012 as a result of Shobhakar being featured in a multi-movement work Harrison composed for sarode, classical percussion quartet and jazz quintet. The two developed an immediate rapport, sharing an eagerness to learn about and experience as much music as possible. And it’s a natural pairing, as each leader has been involved with a remarkable amount of diverse music over the years: Harrison has released 15 albums to date, has won multiple awards for composition and is known for being a restless soul who is no stranger to taking risks with his music, while Shobhakar hails from the Maihar Gharana, a family whose contribution to the world of Indian instrumental music is unparalleled. Shobhakar’s ability to operate so far outside the usual confines of his instrument is remarkable, and he is known for his wide-ranging compositional palette as well, which has been influenced by his experiences performing in rock bands just as much as classical Indian music.

Harrison explains, “We both added components to each other’s compositions and worked hard to figure out how to reconcile our different backgrounds. We felt strongly that we should include a ‘folk’ element, adding straight-to-the-heart simplicity with the thornier jazz pieces. As principles of Indian music slowly work their way into the jazz lexicon, alliances such as ours are becoming less rare. It’s a fascinating journey to be taking part in.”

Check out a video of some live performances to see what’s in store.  Promo video and sound clips to come soon!

Whirlwind Festival Review in Jazzwise + Ottawa Citizen Reviews for Aruán Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet, Euan Burton and Mark McKnight

A recent issue of Jazzwise Magazine has published a rave review of the Whirlwind Festival, held at Kings Place last October. Several gigs from the three day festival are praised including the album launch gigs of Ollie Howell, Rachael Cohen, Andre Canniere plus performances by Phil Robson’s IMS Quintet, Alex Garnett, Partikel, Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard, Mike Gibbs and the Aruán Ortiz/Michael Janisch Quintet featuring Greg Osby. The full review can be read below.

Also in today, we have several glowing reviews from the Ottawa Citizen. The review covers three Whirlwind albums including Banned in London by the Aruán Ortiz and Michael Janish QuintetDo or Die by Mark McKnight and Occurrences by Euan BurtonBanned in London is hailed as a “gathering of potent players who let loose with edgy, extroverted playing” and the playing is described as “a tremendous mix of force, imagination and sophistication”. The review goes on to praise Mark McKnight’s WWR debut saying “If you’re going to title your disc Do Or Die, your music had better have some compelling urgency going for it. Happily, the sophomore disc from the young, Belfast-raised, Berklee College of Music-educated guitarist Mark McKnight lives up to the promise of its name.” Finally, Euan Burton’s Occurences “shows a lot of flair when it comes to composing both driving contemporary tunes and pretty, lyrical material” and “offers a fine program of engrossing and appealing music.”

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Review from Jazz Times Magazine for Nick Vayenas’ ‘Some Other Time’ & Jeff William’s ‘The Listener’ Listed in Marlbank’s 20 of the Best UK Jazz Releases of 2013

NV Album Cover1In today we have a review from Jazz Times Magazine for Nick Vayenas’ WWR release Some Other Time which says that “Of its eight tracks, four are Vayenas originals, all instrumental works featuring his masterful trombone (and sometimes trumpet) and most of them up-tempo funky affairs that find the leader and his crew toying with the rhythm giddily and with great skill. His chosen players, in particular guitarist Doug Wamble and drummer Rudy Royston, are always right there with him, diving deep into the groove on the instrumental jams and accenting the vocal numbers with effortless élan.”


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To purchase please check out the Some Other Time album page where you can purchase as either a physical CD or downloadable high quality MP3.

Also Jeff William’s The Listener has just been listed in Marlbank’s 20 of the Best UK Jazz Releases of 2013, stating that “Williams superbly Motian-like release is one of the most considered albums of the year.”

To purchase The Listener please visit online WWR store

Review from York Press & Listing in 10 Best Concerts of 2013 by The Jazz Breakfast PLUS Airplay on Dublin City FM and 102.5 FM for Rachael Cohen’s ‘Halftime’

halftimeSaxophonist Rachael Cohen recently released her debut album Halftime on WWR and in today we have a glowing review from the York Press who say that “Halftime is an assured and impressive debut and as a leader and composer and Rachael’s choice of musicians could not be better, Robson always impressive and Gourlay and Bashford completing a solid partnership.”

Halftime has also just been listed in the 10 best concerts of 2013 by The Jazz Breakfast and has also received airplay on Dublin City FM and 102.5FM. 

To purchase the album please visit the WWR online store, where you can buy either a physical CDs or  high quality MP3s. 

Interview with Patrick Cornelius by the Boston Globe

In today we have an interview from Boston Globe with WWR artist Patrick Cornelius which talks of his achievements and recent projects, including a suite of six songs based on “When We Were Very Young” of A.A. Milne’s 1924 book of child-friendly poetry which made it’s premiere at Red Room at New York’s Cafe 939. You can view the interview for yourself here

Patrick’s two WWR releases, Fierce and Infinite Blue, both gained glowing reviews from critics with Infinite Blue being described by All About Jazz as “…another touchstone in his career… stunning for its melodic and emotional content” and stated by Passing Notes that on Fierce “Cornelius offers some of the most melodic and thoughtful playing heard on a new release all year… a truly notable album.” 

To purchase either of Patrick’s WWR releases please visit the online store. We are currently running a great deal with these two releases where if you purchase a physical CD of  Infinite Blue you will also receive a free copy of Fierce with your order.  

Glowing Review from Huffington Post and The New York City Jazz Record for John Escreet’s ‘Sabotage and Celebration’

sabotageJohn Escreet’s ‘Sabotage and Celebration’ recently released on WWR and already it’s creating quite a stir in the US, with a review in from Huffington Post who say that “Mr. Escreet’s Sabotage and Celebration is a complex and intriguing album that showcases the young pianist’s increasing maturation as a composer”.

The review continues by saying that “Escreet can play with extraordinary beauty, resplendent with crescendos of sound that belie a classical background” and that “On Sabotage and Celebration Mr. Escreet creates moments of magic that are all too rarely found in a great deal of modern jazz and for this he is an artist to be watched closely.”

Also in is a review from The New York City Jazz Record who describe the album as “some of the most inventive and distinct jazz around today” and “Escreet’s most ambitious and complex album to date.”

To purchase the album please visit our online store where you can purchase both physical CDs and high quality MP3s. 

Reviews from Jazz Camera, Jazz Views & The Guardian PLUS Airplay on Jazz FM & Radio Cardiff for The Bannau Trio’s ‘Points of View’

points-of-viewIn today we have a collection of glowing reviews from Jazz Views, Jazz Camera, The Guardian and radio airplay from Jazz fm and Radio Cardiff for vocalist Nia Lynn’s debut WWR release Points of View.

The Jazz Views review state that “her singing exhibits an integrity of breath and tone so seldom heard in the jazz sphere, where many vocalists machinate effects and tricks to lend body to their performance.  Nia has no need for such contrivance and her straightforward delivery is perfect for this gentle though rich collage drawn from folk and jazz resources, delivered with truly musical lyricism, especially those passages without words.” The continues with saying that “flute and concert piano are tightly locked in to the voice and the whole performance is conveyed exquisitely in both space and time, resulting in a concert of fluency and equilibrium.”

Jazz Camera states  it as an “album full of delights” with The Guardian review describing it as an  “elegant display of craft within a demandingly exposed format.”

The track Who Can I Turn To was recently performed on Helen Mayhew’s show on and Radio Cardiff’s Jazz Special. 

To purchase the release, as a physical CD or high quality MP3, please visit our website store page here






·         Radio Cardiff Jazz Special – 8 December   –  Upon the Hill    You can listen to this online until next Sunday


4 Star Review from the Scotsman, Reviews from Jazz Camera, York Press, Dan Paton, The Guardian PLUS Airplay on Soul and Jazz & BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up for Andre Canniere’s 2nd WWR Release ‘Coalescence’

coalescenceA plethora of reviews and airplay in today for Andre Canniere’s latest release Coalescence with a 4 star review from The Scotsman, reviews from Dan Paton, Jazz Camera, The Guardian, York Press and airplay from BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up and Soul and Jazz

The 4 star review from The Scotsman says that “the American-born trumpeter has emerged as one of the most compelling artists on the current London jazz scene, and this follow-up to his acclaimed Forward Space more than justifies that claim. His rich and flexible tonal range and highly inventive improvisations are supported by a powerful quintet”. 

Dan Paton, who has listed the album in his top albums of 2013, states that Andre’s second album “shows him to be an evolving, forward thinking talent… the music is urgent and groovy but full of compelling contrasts too” continuing to say that “Canniere’s engagement here with themes – the constant movement of the musician, US gun crime, protest and place – gives his music additional resonance and depth.”

York Press say that “this an album of peerless musicianship and terrific production” with Jazz Camera stating that the album has “an attractive mellowness as well as some superb moments of musical fire” finishing by saying that “there’s fine playing by the whole group throughout this appealing CD.”

Also in is a review from The Guardian who say that “the compositions are audaciously crafted works from an imaginative newcomer, and the playing is just as good.” Coalescence has also recently received airplay on BBC 3’s Jazz Line-Up and Soul and Jazz radio. 

To purchase the release, as a physical CD or high quality MP3, please visit our website CD store page. We have samples of every track from every album on Whirlwind Recordings along with album and artist info – visit the store page here

WWR boss Michael Janisch ‘Purpose Built’ Quintet to make appearance in Midwest ft. Patrick Cornelius, Philip Dizack, Matthew Stevens and Clarence Penn this Jan, 2014

Whirlwind Festival Kings Place London 10 October 2013WWR label boss and internationally-acclaimed bassist and producer Michael Janisch will be performing a series of special concerts in Midwest America in late January this year with a stellar cast of musicians from NYC in Patrick Cornelius, Philip Dizack, Matthew Stevens and Clarence Penn.  On the 23rd, we’ll be helping the promotion efforts by doing a Whirlwind Showcase Event for Janisch’s performance in St. Paul where he’ll be performing at Studio Z (check the poster below) and anyone who pre-books tickets will be sent a Free 22-track album sampler which showcases a big swath of our catalog! Just email us your confirmation of purchase to and we’ll send you a link to your download. If that’s not enough, Janisch will be conducting a free workshop before the show to the public.
Then on the 24/25 of January, Janisch will be featured as the special guest artist in residence at the 2014 annual La Crosse University Jazz Festival, where he and his band will take part in workshops and performances over the weekend. Janisch will be doing some other workshops as well in the area.  Check for more information on that.

Michael will be performing a mix of music from his two latest albums Purpose Built and Banned in London, the latter of which was just named one of the “Best albums of 2013” by Downbeat Magazine.  Look out for some new tunes as well.  See you at the shows, and a happy new year from all of us at WWR.

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