Exclusive free Alex Garnett download track from Jazzwise Magazine ahead of new album ‘Andromeda’ + advance copies of CD now available + UK tour + new website

Alex Garnett’s ‘Bunch of Five’ debut Andromeda will be the first release for us in 2015 and Jazzwise Magazine  have done a great feature today on their site about Alex’s new album + upcoming tour (for dates you can also visit our events page).  Excitedly, they are offering an exclusive free download-track from the album in WAV format.  You can also now pick up an advance CD of the album on the Andromeda page.  Watch the video below to learn more about Alex’s new band and record.  Finally, Alex has a brand new website.


Simon Purcell’s ‘Red Circle’ receives further great reviews including 4 stars from UK Vibe.


Red Circle is the debut release from international acclaimed pianist and educator Simon Purcell. His band comprises some of the most important contributors to the UK’s creative music scene during the last two decades. They’re also a bunch of old friends with years of playing experience, and in this spirit the music was recorded in one room with no real isolation between instruments, giving the album a ‘live date’ feeling.


We reproduce highlights from the latest reviews for Red Circle here:

“A fine debut.”
4 Stars, UK Vibe (Full Review)

“Recorded ‘live’ in one room, this is jazz which is both tightly structured (from Purcell’s original compositions) yet endlessly free in improvisation.”
AP Reviews (Full Review)

“Evocative moods and firm structures add a fresh twist and the band’s musicianship is first rate.”
The Financial Times

Tori Freestone at EFG London Jazz Festival – Two great reviews from Jazz Journal and London Jazz.

Tori Freestone is saxophonist, flautist and violinist who has been performing at the forefront of the British improvised music scene as both a side woman and highly regarded bandleader for over a decade. Her multi-faceted skills have seen her work as a core member with such diverse bands as the Ivo Neame Quintet/Octet, ‘Compassionate Dictatorship’ (her own co-led group with Jez Franks), Loop Collective’s Rory Simmons as well as artists such as the Cuban group ’Orquesta Timbala’, singer Brigitte Beraha, saxophone colossus Andy Sheppard and trumpeter Neil Yates.
But it is Freestone’s new trio that has been gaining the most attention for her as of late. Comprised of long-time musical associates in uber-creative drummer Tim Giles and the highly original bassist Dave Manington, Freestone has been developing her own repertoire which explores the openness that the saxophone trio allows while taking inspiration from some of the non-chordal sax led trios of the moment. This group dynamic has culminated into a program of music for the trio that has been developed over the last few years

During this years EFG London Jazz Festival, Tori and her trio played four gigs, showcasing tracks from her album In The Chop House and a specially commissioned piece composed by Tori for the festival.

We have two great reviews here:

Jazz Journal (Read)

London Jazz (Read)

Listen to a track from In The Chop House below:


January’s Down Beat Magazine-JC Sanford speaks about creative arranging and arranging for the Modern Large Jazz Ensemble.

Although he originally built a reputation through big band writing, JC Sanford has forayed into many other areas – composing for solo piano, wind and brass formations and various mixed chamber ensembles. A founding member of the composers’ federation Pulse (with Darcy James Argue & Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.), JC was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop led by Jim McNeely and Mike Abene for 5 years. His works have been performed by John Abercrombie, Lew Soloff, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, and a number of universities and high schools across the United States.
Founder and co-conductor of the Schumacher/Sanford Sound Assembly, whose CD “Edge of the Mind” was released in 2009 to high reviews, JC is in increasing demand as a conductor. He regularly conducts the Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Joel Harrison 19, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, and Charlie Haden. He now leads the JC Sanford Orchestra and is also curating the “Size Matters” large ensemble series at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
JC currently is on the faculty at Long Island University and the New York Jazz Academy, and is the recipient of a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music. At NEC, he studied with Bob Brookmeyer and conducted the NEC Little Big Band.

In January’s edition of Downbeat Magazine, JC shares some thoughts and suggestions on creating a personal style of writing effective and engaging music for large ensembles.


Winter Sale until Dec. 20th: 30% off all site content now open to the public

Greetings everyone. We’d like to thank you for the ongoing support of our label and artists during 2014, our biggest and best year yet.  We are constantly inspired and grateful for the amount of generosity you have all shown us by attending our concerts, sharing our content online and purchasing our music directly from the WWR site.

As a thank you, we’re offering all site content for

30% off from today until Dec 20th

We’re also doing a prize draw:  All customers who partake in this winter sale will be eligible to win an additional free digital album of their choice from our catalogue. Simply email your purchase receipt with the discount code below to info@whirlwindrecordings.com and 10 winners will be selected at random to receive their free digital album.

Simply input the code WINTERSALE on the checkout page.

This discount applies to CDs, FLAC, ALAC, MP3 files and more.

Click here to visit the store page.

Once again on behalf of the WWR team and all our artists, thank you for your continued support.

BIG NEWS: Alex Garnett’s ‘Bunch of Five’ release ‘Andromeda’ January 26th ft. Liam Noble, Tim Armacost, James Maddren Michael Janisch + UK tour

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Andromeda is the second solo release from the acclaimed London-based saxophonist and composer Alex Garnett and is the debut recording of ‘Bunch of Five‘ his new two tenor saxophone project. This quintet brings the classic dueling saxophone format into a contemporary context, giving it a fresh face without losing its gladiatorial edge. The musical ethos of ‘Bunch of Five’ is strongly routed in groove and swing and combines the eclectic tastes and experiences of the ensemble members while leaving plenty of room for liberties and unexpected twists within the various song structures.


The two frontmen, Garnett and the NYC-based Tim Armacost have a collective 50 years of combined playing experience on the international stage, frequently appearing at festivals and clubs across the map. Finally a situation has matured to allow these two men to join forces and expand upon their mutual admiration, and the results are impressive– their individual sound, phrasing and approach to playing the saxophone compliment each other greatly while at the same time pushing each other to their improvisational limits.

‘Bunch of Five’ engages in exciting original repertoire which at once is both grounded in the tradition yet aspires to push beyond the comfort bubble in its harmonic considerations and improvisations. Rounding out the group is a highly versatile rhythm section featuring UK superstar pianist Liam Noble, powerhouse American bassist Michael Janisch, and one of London’s most musical and in demand young drummers, James Maddren.

The compositions are all Garnett’s creations reflecting a broad sweep of influences from the last twenty years of his musical journey. Material is spawned from varied sources including the effect of hearing a life changing Benny Golson concert in the early 90s, a fascination with astronomy and the relationship of universal frequencies, Alex’s love of (and skills in) comedy, to even the more recent impact of fatherhood and its spiritual demands.

The title track of the album, ‘Andromeda’, is dedicated to the mythological Greek Princess and far away galaxy of the same name. In a musical metaphor, the two saxophones weave their way towards each other finally converging in the eerie 7/4 time slash chord groove. Garnett cryptically informs the listener that this serves as a “reminder of the darker elements of her intentions towards us” and that In 3.75 billion years or so the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are set to fatally collide.

Although the concept of time is basically a human construct, you could say that emotionally this latest creative release of Garnett’s has been twenty years in the making but spiritually speaking hasn’t come a moment too soon.

Check out the official video for ‘Her Tears’ from the recording session.



Catch Alex and the band on their UK tour (more tour dates to be confirmed check our events page for more).

Friday  9th  Jan 2015
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 4 “Andromeda Quartet”
VENUE NAME -Fleece Jazz @ Stoke by Nayland Hotel
STREET -Keepers Lane, Leavenheath
PRICE – £15

Sat 17th Jan 2015 Tbc

Sunday 18th Jan 2015
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5
VENUE NAME-Herts Jazz @ Campus West
STREET-The Campus
TOWN-Welwyn  Garden City
TELEPHONE- 01707 357117
PRICE – £10-£12

Monday 19th  2015
* Official Album launch venue*
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5
STREET- 90  Lots Rd
TOWN- Chelsea ,London
TELEPHONE- 0207 3525953
START TIME- 8.30pm
PRICE – £10- £12

Tuesday 20th Jan  2015
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5
STREET- 5 Upper Kincraig St
TOWN-Cardiff ,Wales
TELEPHONE-029 20496802
PRICE – £7-£10

Wednesday  21st Jan 2015
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5
VENUE NAME-St James Social Club- Swansea Jazzland
STREET- St James Crescent,Uplands
TELEPHONE-07802 912789
START TIME- 8.30pm
PRICE – £10

Thursday 22nd Jan 2015
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5
VENUE NAME- The Coronation Tap
STREET-8 Sion Place, Clifton
PRICE – £10

Friday 23rd Jan 2015
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5
VENUE NAME-Wakefield Jazz club
STREET- Eastmoor Rd
TOWN – Wakefield
START TIME- 8.30pm
PRICE – £10-£15

Saturday 24th Jan 2015 (tbc)

Friday  6th  Feb 2015
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5
VENUE NAME-The Cube Deda
STREET- Chapel St
TOWN- Derby
TELEPHONE-01332 370911
PRICE – £10

Thursday April 2nd 2015
Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5’s
VENUE NAME-The Progress Theatre
STREET-The Mount, Christchurch Road
TELEPHONE-0811 384 2195
START TIME- 7.30pm
PRICE – £13 -£10.50 conc

Highlights of reviews in from for Jochen Rueckert’s ‘We make the Rules’ from UK Vibe, Jazz Thing & Blue Rhythm and other European publications plus…interviews with Jochen.


We Make The Rules is the debut WWR release from the multifaceted drummer & composer Jochen Rueckert, a German native who’s been based in NYC since 1995, where he’s become one of the preeminent artists of his generation known for his work with Marc Copland, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nils Wogram’s Root 70, Sam Yahel, Will Vinson and Seamus Blake. Jochen is also renowned for his work in electronic music under the alias “Wolff Parkinson White” as well as his long running book series “Read the Rueckert- travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms”.
One of Jochen’s catch phrases is the ability to “have many moods to choose from” and as a composer he succeeds greatly at presenting an album that reflects this notion as well as tackling the great challenge of coalescing life’s concepts and feelings with instrumental music.


As the reviews for We Make The Rules continue to come in, we reproduce the highlights here:

“This is music that’s contemporary – in the best sense of the word”
Bebop Spoken Here (Full Review)

“There is a melodic sensibility to this album that is positively magnetic… Just outstanding. Highly Recommended.”
Wondering Sound​ (Full Review)

“The musicianship is excellent.”
UK Vibe (Full Review)

“At first listen, the music is subtle, gentle and more and more it reveals the artful cooperation of all. This music does not impose itself and is amazingly beautiful. An excellent quartet.”
Leipzig Volkszeitung

“There is a deep mutual understanding that the four luminaries share.”
Jazz Thing & Blue Rhythm

“The whole thing swings unobtrusively, full of virtuosity without anything to prove to anyone.”
Freie Presse Daily (Chemnitz)

Jochen Rueckert talks with Josh Jackson about his CD “We Make The Rules” and the life of his alter ego Wolf Parkinson White, a composer and producer of electronica. (Listen Here)

Here, Jochen gives an interview (in french) about his music: Interview.

Four star reviews from DownBeat Magazine, The Scotsman, UK Vibe and The Observer for Cloudmakers Trio’s ‘Abstract Forces’. Plus, four star review and full feature from Jazzwise.

Amongst the hotbed of talent on the London post-jazz improv scene there is one band that stands out from the crowd for their no-gimmick & uncompromising approach to music making, that effortlessly marries the complex with accessibility.
Under the leadership of the award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jim Hart, the Cloudmakers Trio represents the culmination of over a decade of musical growth between three of the finest London-based musicians currently working on the international jazz, improvised, and alternative music scenes.
The album is a powerful mix of strong grooves, catchy hooks and, as the title suggests, very open improvising.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 11.22.15Abstract Forces has received another wave of four star reviews from the UK and Europe. Read the highlights here including this one from Downbeat Magazine on the right, and see the full feature in Jazzwise below.

“It is a powerful combination, and the inventive soloing and intricate interplay between the three instruments is both absorbing and consistently engaging.”
4 Stars, The Scotsman​

What Jim Hart demonstrates above all else on this latest album is just how much space the vibraphone can fill, both as a lead and comping instrument, creating an other world feel that even an acoustic piano may struggle to replicate.”
4 Stars, UK Vibe​ (Full Review)

Hart has a positive genius for rhythmic hide-and-seek. His improvised lines grab your attention and won’t let go, no matter how many tricky corners he gets into. There’s no mistaking the musicianship and phenomenal togetherness of all three.”
​​4 Stars, The Observer​ (Full Review)

“In addition to creative work he does with rhythm and soloing, Hart also uses the vibraphone to create soundscapes and atmospheres like a painter.”
Musik an Sich (DE)

“Abstract Forces is the the true culmination and the essence of Jim Hart’s more than ten year career as a vibraphonist, band leader and composer.”
Rhein Main Magazine (DE)

“Jim Hart is the master of the vibraphones metal bars, and conjures from it the most colorful of sound waves. The album is sophisticated and dynamic and although extremely energetic and rhythmically tricky, there is never a lyrical moment missing on this CD in anyway. Both poetry and power are elegantly balanced.”
Sound and Image (DE)

“Smith’s skittering drums, Hart’s strange augmented, almost theramin-like responses and the moody lines that Janisch pulls out speak volumes of their patient, attentive approach to building space and adventure into their music: it’s all utterly bewitching. The definition of a top-drawer trio to my mind is one where each plays an equal role in performance, introducing ideas and leading the music into new places. This is certainly true of Abstract Forces.”
London Jazz​ (Full Review)

“It’s one of the most exciting and persuasive jazz albums to have come out of the UK’s recording studios so far this year.”
4 Stars, Jazzwise

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‘First Meeting – Live in London, Volume 1’, brings more great reviews from Jazz Journal, Jazz Times, Musikheaven and more for Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer, Michael Janisch and Jeff Williams.

Konitz is “one of the most consistently brilliant, adventurous and original improvisers in the jazz tradition” (John Zorn). His recorded legacy is massive and uniquely influential, stretching back to his recordings in the late 1940s with the Claude Thornhill Band, Lennie Tristano and Miles Davis, and his debut as leader in 1949.
First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1, made six decades after those first outings, still portrays a great master with the determination and the means to continue to explore and to break new ground. Although the four individual co-leaders of this collaborative album, Konitz, bassist Michael Janisch, pianist Dan Tepfer and drummer Jeff Williams, have a web of cross-connections going back in some cases several decades, this is their first appearance on the same stage as a quartet. Konitz’s recordings in London are rarities; just a handful of dates from the 1970s and 1980s exist along with a recent date with the great bassist Peter Ind. It is also a very rare outing for Lee Konitz on soprano saxophone, which he plays on three tracks here.

Here are some of the highlights from the latest reviews in from the European music press:

“It’s a superb band, one of the finest Konitz has been involved with in recent decades – I say “involved with” rather than “led”, because he doesn’t relish the role of bandleader, and this band is presented as a collective.”
4 Stars, Jazz Journal

“Here are four freedom-bound explorers, meeting and melding yet compromising neither their identity nor their independence, creating music that both manifests and transcends their individual gifts.”
Jazz Times Magazine (Full Review)

“What the indestructible Lee Konitz – who played in the late 1940s with Miles Davis – elicits here with his saxophones is incredible… Jeff Williams (drums), Michael Janisch (bass) and Dan Tepfer (piano) create a fine foundation for the so intense and always refreshingly unassuming excursions of the aged master.”
Sol (DE)

“The 82-year-old jazz legend Lee Konitz’s playing still has its appeal, no question.”
Skug (Austria)

“Konitz is exceptionally influential, and on First Meeting he still portrays himself as a master with all the intensity and determination to continue to explore and conquer new ground in jazz.”
Rhein Main Magazine

“The results are moments of close connection; the master Konitz displaying the art of improvisation.”
Sound & Image

“At the age of 82 years, Konitz displays his highly original type of improvisation and proves it has deepened and developed over the years.”
CD Aktuell

“An album full of freshness & vitality… the four musicians act quite obviously on the same wavelength and exhibit both musicality and technically to the highest standards… inspired music and an exciting listening experience.”
Musik an Sich (DE)

Musikheaven (DE) (Full Review)

“A thrilling concert recording with an amazingly well-attuned and yet daring quartet line up and any repeat recording is wholly necessary.”
Musik Reviews (DE) (Full Review)

“A lesson in timeless jazz improvisation.”
Leipziger Volkszeitung

“Stunning… Konitz still plays on that lonely level and pretends to be neither a star nor a living legend, he makes old songs sound fresh and devoid of routine interpretation. Here is a great master at work with a co-equal crew.”
Jazz ’n’ More

“Extraordinary creativity and high level of abstraction.”
Jazz Podium

“Konitz moves with mastery, adequately supported by his three partners who also have personal statements that speak for themselves.”
All About Jazz Italy (Full Review)

“In some ways, this group sounds like they’re getting to know each other for the first time as they play, testing the waters as they go. But the fact that they can strike up a non-verbal kinship and develop deep discussions are qualities that speak to the power of these players.”
Shanley on Music (Full Review)



Prior to his European tour starting on December 2nd, more reviews in for Bobby Avey’s ‘Authority Melts From Me’: 5 Stars from All About Jazz, Concerto Magazine and more…



Authority Melts from Me is the fascinating new album from Bobby Avey, praised by the New Yorker magazine as “A young pianist of invention and refinement.” Winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition for composition, Avey also received the 2011 “New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Grant” from Chamber Music America, which enabled Avey to travel to Haiti to record a Vodou Ceremony in the small village of Soukri and subsequently create an hour-long suite grounded in rhythms found in Haitian Vodou drumming. This compelling suite of new music pays homage to the Haitian Revolution.  Bobby Avey starts his tour in London on December 2nd featuring Miguel Zenon (alto sax), Ben Monder (guitars), Michael Janisch (double bass),and Jordan Perlson (drums).


Read the highlights from the latest reviews;

Composer and pianist Bobby Avey, the young native of Pennsylvania, uses music to make an important statement about the socio political history of the people of Haiti and pours his views into a tense suite under the meaningful title Authority Melts From Me.’”
Concerto Magazine

“A powerful work.”

“With Authority Melts From Me, pianist Bobby Avey, armed with a sense of inter-cultural understanding that may actually be more keen than his mind-boggling musical skills, has forged a defining statement; one that captures many aspects of the life and times of the Haitian people past and present. He and his musical compatriots tell these stories unflichingly; without resorting to cliché or grandstanding. The history of Haiti, like Avey’s music, is rife with visceral raw emotion and life-and-death struggles. It’s as if the dark complexity, urgency and breakneck pace of Authority Melts From Me comes directly from Avey’s sense of the plight, and the fight, of a nation and its people.”
5 Stars, All About Jazz (Full Review)


Bobby Avey Online Poster