“Amazing”, “Awesome”, “Fascinating”, “Sheer Class” – John Escreet’s ‘Sabotage and Celebration’ reviewed across Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Since moving to New York in 2006, John Escreet has had a powerful impact, and has emerged as one of the most creative and original pianists on the music scene there. He is highly revered amongst his peers for his creativity, openness and for his own original music.
Sabotage and Celebration is Escreets’ fifth solo album (and first WWR release).  The album glistens from start to finish with the endless imagination and unrelenting vision of a truly singular voice in modern music, and is aptly supported by an A-list of the world’s preeminent creative musicians who all contribute inspired performances at the peak of their powers.
The album covers an incredible amount of musical ground. A string section is prominently featured as a result of his recent re-fascination with orchestral music; listen in as he seamlessly incorporates it into the context of a conventional quintet. And that’s not all- brass, guitars and vocals are also layered into the proceedings in surprising ways, creating music of a larger scale.
Any attempt to pigeonhole the music on the album would be futile, as Escreet’s compositional palette is as wide open as his piano virtuosity, completely without boundaries, and this new recording boasts such  ambitious production and scope, that it excitedly reaffirms with each listen that musical possibility is truly infinite.

Sabotage and Celebration
continues to garner rave reviews from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. See what the European press has to say;

“Sabotage and Celebration comes from a highly productive individual of a mere 30 years whose imbibed and internalized an enormous mass of music. With his vision as it is at this point in his young career, one really does not know what is yet to come.”
CD Aktuell

“Fascinating… the album grooves and busts with enthusiasm and bold compositional ideas. Escreet offers a great mix of complexity and feeling.”

“A very great album indeed, a must for every fan of modern music.”
Musik an Sich

“Escreet is one of the world’s dynamic and original artists… the new album shines from the first note until the last second by the endless expression and the indomitable vision of a truly unique voice in the modern music world.”
Rhein Magazine

“[Escreet is] one of the most dynamic and original musicians of his generation.”
Sound & Image

“From track to track, the listener can not at all imagine where the music takes them.”
Jazz City (DE)

“What Escreet reveals on his firth album is sheer class.”
Saarbrücker Zeitung

“Awesome… [Escreet’s] restless innovation is addictive.”
Sol (DE)

“Orchestral arches, sprawling solos, free jazz escapades and subtle interaction, all under one roof.”
Jazz ’n’ More

“In each song Escreet displays extraordinary ideas with innovative improvisations.”
Fono Forum


More great reviews in from across Germany, Austria and Switzerland for Ollie Howell’s ‘Sutures and Stitches’

Sutures and Stitches is the debut solo album from the multi-award winning drummer, composer and bandleader Ollie Howell, 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. Barely into his mid-twenties, Ollie is wowing audiences around the globe with his creativity, dynamism and stunning improvisation, as well as a highly acclaimed repertoire of original music. Since 2009, Ollie has also become the mentee of musical legend Quincy Jones. Quincy and Ollie first met in 2009, whilst Ollie was studying a bachelor degree in Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


Although this album was released in the UK in September of 2013, there was so much interest from Mainland Europe we’ve launched officially this fall in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  The album continues to receive great reviews from across Europe and we reproduce the highlights below:

“The energy of the young musicians is impressive… many inspirational moments.”
Sound and Image

“Howell himself sometimes plays with the approach and polyrhythms inspired by Elvin Jones, and can act with both vigor or restraint.”
Musik an Sich

“An excellent drummer.”
Rhein Main Magazine

Howell has had an eventful life with dizzying heights and dramatic lows which in itself is reflected in the eclectic music presented on the album Sutures & Stitches.
Die Redaktion (DE)

The album boasts an impeccable sound quality and a fine selection of outstanding compositions with the various modern inspirations from the London & New York jazz scenes. A true devotion to melodic themes that remain in the memory also with rousing grooves and virtuosic solos played by some of the emerging stars of the British jazz scene.”
CD Aktuell

” A forward thinking jazz orchestra” and “A vibrant new album” says The New Yorker about JC Sanford’s ‘Views From The Inside’ + more reviews from US & Europe.

Views from the Inside
is the stunning new album from trombonist, composer, and conductor JC Sanford, a musician of rare breadth. Equally at home in many roles, Sanford works regularly as a composer, performer, arranger and conductor. Sanford’s wide-ranging compositional palette is deeply rooted in the traditions of the jazz and classical worlds yet pushes both boundaries to create a landmark recording of the new jazz orchestra renaissance, featuring bold sonorities, unexpected colors and arresting sonic textures.


Views from the Inside continues to garner rave reviews from across Europe and America.

“When it comes to contemporary big bands, the composer and arranger Darcy James Argue may garner the most coverage these days, but his avant-leaning Secret Society ensemble is far from the only game in town.

The trombonist Sanford leads a forward thinking jazz orchestra which draws from the worlds of contemporary rock and new music in its boundary-stretching repertoire. A vibrant new album.”
The New Yorker

“Views from the Inside presents a dynamic aural tapestry of life in a historic, bustling New York borough as seen through the eyes of an exemplary 21st-century composer.”

“The 15-piece Brooklyn-based ensemble switches musical forms so comfortably and naturally and its unusual instrumentation provides an amazing variety of colours and moods.”
The Northern Echo  Full Review

“Sanford’s compositions and arrangements cut across all lines. Most Highly Recommended.”
Rotcodzzaj (Germany) Full Review

“Swinging passages open into new music, folk episodes in Free Jazz, bitter tone hardening in neo-romantic moments. these are exciting, flickering sound film stories and yet still leave room for sensational solos. Welcome to New York’s big band feel of today.”
Fidelity (Germany)

“In his [Sanford’s] often sweeping and exciting compositions there are influences of modern arrangers such as Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer, traces of European concert music in the early 20th century and always a delicate knocking on the door to the avant-garde.”
Böblinger Bote (Germany)


JC Sanford

Partisans ‘Swamp’ receives more great reviews including 4 stars from The Scotsman, The Telegraph and York Press.

Swamp is the fifth studio album from Partisans, who since their formation in 1996 have been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously energetic performances of tightly knit themes and the great freedom coming from their years of playing together. Partisans are real band – known for bridging the gap between New York swing, European improv and UK jam– where the combination of each member’s influences feeds a genuine creative spark generating huge excitement and energy. Co-led by two of the preeminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson (guitars) and Julian Siegel (tenor sax & bass clarinet), the quartet line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).

The album has been receiving a continued flurry of great reviews in the UK press. We reproduce the highlights below:

“Their edgy, energised sound and creative and imaginative improvisations have been a major influence on the UK’s burgeoning “prog-jazz” scene, and their palpable sense of collective engagement in the music never wavers.”
4 Stars, The Scotsman

“Phil Robson’s inventiveness on the guitar is unstoppable, and the band’s melodies have a gripping shape and direction. Partisans have been together for nearly two decades, and on the evidence of this album could easily run for two more.
4 Stars, The Telegraph (Full Review)

“Partisans are certainly challenging, but in the best possible way… an incredibly exciting band to hear live.”
4 Stars, York Press

“It’s not always easy to find the words to describe just how good this group is, their music never fails to delight. Like its predecessors “Swamp” is instantly accessible but will doubtless continue reveal fresh insights with every subsequent listening. There’s an indefinable “something” about Partisans, a group sound, identity and solidarity that you only get with a regular working band. That this supremely accomplished album was recorded over the course of just two days is testament to the depth of the group’s rapport.
4.5 Stars, The Jazz Mann

“Kelly is usually the sure centre around which the other three swirl, soar, dip and dive, but he too takes his chances, weaving warm and flowing lines like strings of honey through the guitar runs, the saxophone swells and the snare accents. Robson gets to tweak the energy levels more with Partisans, and the band segues easily from jazz cool to rock hot. Siegel plays a more solid Watson to Robson’s sometimes wayward Holmesian indulgences. Between them they always get their man.”
The Jazz Breakfast (Full Review)

“Still exploring the possibilities available to such open-minded and spirited musicians.”
The Blue Moment (Full Review)

 Partisans have  recently been receiving airplay on Jazz FM, Radio Kerry and Dublin City FM. Listen to a recent interview featuring Julian Siegal and Phil Robson from Partisans here.

Itunes Music with London Jazz Festival Promotion, features 10 Whirlwind artists, discounted album prices through Nov 23

We’ve had some great news from Itunes GB/Ireland in that they are currently offering a sale on select number of albums by artists performing at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, and the promotion features 21 releases.  Of the 21 albums there are 10 (!!!) Whirlwind albums in the mix.  The albums are discounted until the festival ends on the 23rd of November. Here is a direct link to the promotion:  and to see where all 18 WWR acts are performing, click here.

Here are the Whirlwind albums featured in this special discounted promotion:

Paul Jackson Trio –  Groove Or Die

Ollie Howell Group –  Sutures & Stitches

Alice Zawadzki Band –  China Lane

Tori Freestone Trio –  In The Chop House

Partisans –  Swamp

Euan BurtonOccurrences (He also just released Too Much Love a few days ago!)

John Escreet Trio –  Sabotage & Celebration

Rachael Cohen QuartetHalftime.

Andre Canniere Band –  Coalescence

Simon Purcell’s ‘Red Circle’ –  Red Circle

London Jazz Festival_iTunes_Jazz_Dedicated Page





RELEASE DAY: Euan Burton’s ‘Too Much Love’ out today, ft. Adam Jackson, Tom Biggs, Alyn Cosker

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We’re proud to release today the second album on WWR by Euan Burton: Too Much Love. 


Too Much Love (click here for your copy) is the eagerly awaited follow up release from the award winning Scottish double bassist, composer & producer Euan Burton, whose first WWR album Occurrences (May, 2012) was met with high international acclaim. On his new release Burton continues to grow as a musician and composer, blending composition and improvisation in his signature way while creating melodic and harmonic motives that develop thematically throughout the course of the album.

After the release of Occurrences, Burton looked to form a new group with musicians from his native Glasgow scene to develop a rapport and cohesion with his new material. After tours around the UK and Poland they returned to Scotland’s premier recording facility to record this new suite of music which makes up Too Much Love. Burton explains, “The title comes from the notion that so many of the things that go wrong, or the mistakes people make, come from a place of either people having misplaced love or having so much love that they don’t know how to deal with it and channel it properly. I guess it’s a rose-tinted way to look at certain darker and more upsetting aspects of life and this struck me as a good starting point for writing a new album, this idea of ‘Too Much Love‘.”

As always, his collaborators play a huge part in the music and although this may be a new quartet it features three of his long-time associates. On piano Tom Gibbs is Burton’s longest collaborator, their co-led group released 2010’s Forgotten Things featuring Ari Hoenig. Burton also produced and played on Gibbs’ 2012 WWR release Fear of Flying. Gibbs’ unique skills as a pianist and improviser feature heavily on Too Much Love.

Alyn Cosker (drums) is a powerhouse of the Scottish music scene and while he and Burton have never recorded together they have been performing in various projects since 2006. Cosker’s dynamic talents come with years of experience with jazz greats such as Tommy Smith, Lee Konitz, and Joe Locke to name but a few and his attention to detail on Burton’s music is one of the highlights of the record.

Alto saxophonist Adam Jackson may be a new name to many, but he and Burton have known each other since attending high school together. A former student at Birmingham Conservatoire he developed in the ranks of Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra. His tone and melodic development in his improvisations show a maturity beyond his years and this album provides a great platform to showcase this rising star of the Scottish scene.

Burton himself contributed all the highly emotive compositions, performs as bassist, produced, mixed and mastered the album, displaying an impressive palette of musical skills. As a bassist, his warm tones and poignant improvisations give nod to the Charlie Haden school while retaining his own voice throughout. He’s incredibly in demand as a sideman across many genres in his native Scotland and has appeared on dozens of albums to date, with performances with many modern jazz greats including Ari Hoenig, Gilad Hekselman, Will Vinson and Jonathan Kreisberg. Moreover, he’s played with folk legends Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, pop group Texas and can be heard on the The Disney Pixar film Brave. With Too Much Love, we see the multifaceted Burton strengthening his reputation as of the UK’s premier bassist/bandleaders/composers.


Simon Purcell with 4 1/2 star review from All About Jazz + interview with London Jazz and his album launch party tonight at EFG London Jazz Festival

Red Circle (click here) is the debut release from international acclaimed pianist and educator Simon Purcell, currently the Head of Jazz at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music in London.  Simon has been on the UK scene as a major player for over 30 years and this debut is therefore one of the year’s most highly anticipated albums.



Simon launches the album officially tonight as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.  The band will be from the album and includes UK stalwarts Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Steve Watts and Gene Calderazzo.

We’ve also had some great reviews in for the album including a 4 1/2 one from All About Jazz as well as one from Bebop Spoken Here.  Simon also gave a great interview over at London Jazz, you can read it by clicking here. 

“The quality of the playing and compositions makes it stand out from the crowd. To think that Purcell has waited nearly 30 years from his initial emergence to record a debut CD this good is utterly extraordinary.”
4 1/2 Stars, All About Jazz


A pair of great reviews in for Max Luthert and his debut ‘Orbital’ from AP Reviews and Bebop Spoken Here + 2015 tour dates

Orbital is the debut album from double bassist and composer Max Luthert, one of the UK’s most in-demand young musicians currently known for his work as a sideman in the bands of MOJO Award winning Zara McFarlane, WWR signed Partikel and Benet McLean. Largely heralded for his skills on the low end providing strong support with his signature dark & husky bass sound, he now steps up with this shimmering debut to showcase his strengths as bandleader, arranger and fine composer.

We’ve had two great reviews in for Max, from the AP Reviews and Bebop Spoken Here websites. Highlight quotes below:

“An incandescent elegance pervades this debut release from bassist Max Luthert – a sumptuous and mature sextet recording, richly colored and layered by the creative possibilities this particular collaboration engenders.”
AP Reviews

“Some fine playing by six superb musicians.”
Bebop Spoken Here

Look out for Max on his 2015 UK Tour:

18 Jan ‘ORBITAL’ ALBUM TOUR Ashburton — Ashburton Jazz Club
19 Jan ‘ORBITAL’ ALBUM TOUR Appledore — North Devon Jazz Club
20 Jan ‘ORBITAL’ ALBUM TOUR Birmingham — The Spotted Dog
21 Jan ‘ORBITAL’ ALBUM TOUR Cardiff — Dempsey’s
22 Jan ‘ORBITAL’ ALBUM TOUR Poole — The Sound Cellar
23 Jan ‘ORBITAL’ ALBUM TOUR Sheffield — Sheffield Jazz Club
01 May Max Luthert’s Orbital Liverpool — The Capstone Theatre

Paul Jackson interview with JazzFM + AP Reviews weigh in on ‘Groove Or Die’


Newly signed Paul Jackson Trio has released Groove Or Die this month and have been touring all over Europe with their sold out EFG London Jazz Festival show happening tonight at the Hideaway in SE London.  Just last night Paul was featured on JazzFM and interviewed by Chris Philips you can listen to the interview here.  The album also received high praise from AP Reviews.




“A brilliant realization of Burton’s very personal vision” Euan Burton’s ‘Too Much Love’ gets acclaim from Marlbank, The Jazz Mann, The Scotsman and more ahead of its NOV 17 release + full length preview track.

Too Much Love (click here for sound previews) is the eagerly awaited follow up release from the award winning Scottish double bassist, composer & producer Euan Burton, whose first WWR album Occurrences (May, 2012) was met with high international acclaim. On his new release Burton continues to grow as a musician and composer, blending composition and improvisation in his signature way while creating melodic and harmonic motives that develop thematically throughout the course of the album.

We’ve had some fantastic press hit including a feature on Euan in the Scotsman ahead of the Nov 17 release.  Here are the highlights:


“The album works on every level, Too Much Love is a brilliant realization of Burton’s very personal vision.”
4 Stars, The Jazz Mann

“The resulting clutch of his compositions combines an inventive energy with some lyrical playing, as in Jackson’s sax singing through the wistful 
ballad All that is Left, the nicely 
cyclical melody of the title track, or the longest number, Rhapsody, which progresses from pianist Gibbs’s impressive opening cadenza through jubilant explosions and meditative murmurings.”
The Scotsman + feature

“A rather beautiful work… excellent compositions… As for Burton, a fine bass player and a composer of outstanding ability.”
Bebop Spoken Here

“Recorded in Scotland’s Castlesound studios in June last year this quartet album led by bassist Euan Burton ​has a strong theme-heavy character… It’s that personal aspect developing into a powerful sense of immediacy that is such an all-pervasive feature here.”


Check out the full length track ‘Krakow’ from Too Much Love.