Ivo Neame’s Strata is Hi-Fi News’ ‘Album Choice’ for September.

“A unified set of pieces in contrasting moods and styles… which aims to engage the listener throughout… and it succeeds.”
Hi-Fi News “Album Choice” for September (2015) (website)
 

Ivo Neame, takes a side step from his octet and other projects to release this exciting new quintet title Strata. Collaborating again with UK luminaries (including three fellow Whirlwind artists) Tori Freestone (saxes/flutes), Jim Hart (vibraphone), Tom Farmer (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums), this collection of eight Neame originals gyrates energetically with complex written grooves and varying instrumental colors to spark opportunities for venturous, improvised blowing.

August edition of Jazzwise Magazine includes features on Ivo Neame and Ant Law.

August’s edition of Jazzwise Magazine includes features on pianist Ivo Neame and guitarist Ant Law. Visit Jazzwise to see the articles in full and scroll down to hear a full length track from Strata and Zero Sum World.

The Ivo Neame Quintet (Strata) has performed to enthusiastic audiences up and down the country and beyond, serving the general public with their unique style of original music. Ivo’s music is a living, breathing contradiction – complex yet accesible, considered yet spontaneous, traditional yet forward-thinking.

Guitarist and composer Ant Law (Zero Sum World), a resident in London since 2008, regularly performs with Tim Garland, Jason Rebello, Mica Paris, Gwilym Simcock, Leon Ware, Asaf Sirkis, Koby Israelite, Camille O’ Sullivan and is known as a pioneer in the ’Perfect Fourths’ tuning system for guitarists. He is a published author on the subject.

 

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‘Strata’ from Strata

 

 

 

 

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‘Mishra Jathi’ from Zero Sum World

 

Matthew Stevens talks to JazzTimes about recent release ‘Woodwork’

JazzTimes has published a feature on guitarist Matthew Stevens who has recently released his debut album as leader, Woodwork with Grammy-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, drummer Eric Doob and percussionist Paulo Stagnaro.

 

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Read more at JazzTimes…

 

 

 

Official launch party for Joel Harrison’s ‘Spirit House’ in New York this weekend feat: Brian Blade, Kermit Driscoll, Peter Apfelbaum and Ralph Alessi plus 5* from All About Jazz and 4* from The Financial Times amongst latest reviews.

Joel Harrison officially launches Spirit House with shows at New York’s Cornelia Street Café this weekend. Performances are 9pm and 10.30pm on Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st August. With Joel will be Brian Blade, Ralph Alessi, Kermit Driscoll and Peter Apfelbaum.
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Says Harrison,
“The new recording came about after a fruitful west coast tour about 18 months back. I kept the composing fairly simple, leaning on the remarkable intuitive skills of the players, seeking openness, soul, and spirit, while maintaining (I hope) compositional surprise. It’s a mixture of groove music, chamber sounds, psychedelia, and jazz/rock, driven by texture and melody. The name Spirit House comes from miniature structures used in East Asian societies as a shelter for the deities, a home of sorts for those invisible forces that guide the visible world. That idea seemed the very definition of an empathetic music ensemble. I am very pleased to bring Brian Blade in for this one-time appearance, as his contributions to the record were significant.”

Since it’s release, Spirit House has received an impressive collection of reviews from the UK, Europe and the US including these reproduced below and Joel has been featured in The Jazz Times Magazine (read).

 

“This is a refreshingly transparent performance… Spirit House blends the then and now but the music is always present.”
The New York City Jazz Record

“Spirit House is a Joel Harrison original! Original compositions, ideas, instrumentations, and grooves. While jazz sometimes repeats itself (in style, instrumentation, or choice of songs etc.), Harrison creates completely new music worth listening to, repeatedly.”
5 Stars, All About Jazz (full review)

“One of the most interesting voices in contemporary American music.”
5 Stars, The Irish Times (full review)

“Though comprised primarily of challenging yet engaging modern jazz compositions, Spirit House finds Harrison briefly crossing over into sensitive sing-songwriter territory, buttressed by a phenomenal group of sympathetic musicians. As unique as this record is in his eclectic discography, nothing in Harrison’s remarkable oeuvre could be considered conservative or conventional. ”
4 Stars, All About Jazz (full review)

“US guitarist Joel Harrison has forged resonant Americana, raw-edged rock and a rich jazz palette into densely textured originality. And with Brian Blade on drums and Paul Hanson’s bassoon in the front line, his quintet has the sonic resources to match.”
4 Stars, The Financial Times

Recommended new release – Drummer Magazine

“This new release release presents a fascinating quintet line-up – guitar, trumpet, bassoon, bass and drums – in an improvisationally-heavy exploration of originals by Harrison, plus one arrangement… Spirit House offers a real sense of discovery.”
AP Reviews (full review)

“Among that vast and eclectic back catalogue Spirit House already sounds like it will have a prominent place as one of Harrison’s most cohesive packages so far.”
The Jazz Breakfast (full review)

“…solemn, playful, wistful, impressionistic… Joel Harrison never lets technique get in the way of melody, even when the music takes a turn for the noisy (the close of the trumpet and bassoon solos on “Left Hook”, for instance). Give a close listen and you will be pleased, even moved.”
Step Tempest (full review)

“The ensemble encompases a sense of spirituality, emphasizing the melodic decorations of the compositions.”
Vinylmine (Greece) (full review)

 

Here’s ‘An Elephant in Igor’s Backyard’

 

DownBeat Magazine features Matthew Stevens and album ‘Woodwork’.

Matthew Stevens talks to DownBeat Magazine about recent release Woodwork.

 

This feature appears in the Players section of the September edition

 

DownBeat Magazine September 2015

DownBeat Magazine September 2015

 

Here’s a live recording of ‘Processional’ from Woodwork

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: New York guitarist Pete McCann to release ‘Range’ ft: John O’Gallagher, Henry Hey, Matt Clohesy and Mark Ferber September 18th 2015

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Enjoying some 25 years as a highly respected sideman on the New York circuit, and a regular performer at Greenwich Village’s popular 55 Bar, multi-faceted jazz guitarist Pete McCann brings his fifth solo album to Whirlwind Recordings – a quintet recording of all-new material which distills his vast experience of working alongside some of jazz’s greatest artists, including Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, David Liebman and Pete Erskine.

With an eclectic approach to his music-making (previous projects have encompassed straight-ahead jazz, Latin, fusion and contemporary classical), McCann now presents jazz/rock cornucopia Range, (scroll down for full length track), its title a metaphor for the breadth of his colorful musical career as well as the diversity of the sounds expressed so eloquently here with longstanding personnel of choice – John O’Gallagher (sax), Henry Hey (keys), Matt Clohesy (basses) and Mark Ferber (drums).

The ebullient grooves and staggering improvisational proficiency contained within McCann’s peppy output point to a lifelong appreciation of guitar luminaries such as Wes Montgomery, Bill Frisell and John Scofield – yet he also reveals a no-holes-barred enthusiasm for the heavier, solid-body jazz/rock influence of Mike Stern, Allan Holdsworth and especially John McLaughlin (Pete was guitarist in convincing US tribute band The Mahavishnu Project, endorsed by the great man). Here, with his four trusted colleagues, McCann produces a compelling, immaculately-produced programme that radiates a passion for today’s thriving, progressive jazz scene.

Opener “Kenny” recalls the melodic and harmonic invention of the late, great Canadian trumpeter; and “Realm” (a nod to NYC pianist Richie Beirach) resounds to O’Gallagher’s elaborate alto pyrotechnics. As hot as jalapeño, “Mustard” roars to heady sax-led motifs, wailing Hammond B-3 and gritty American-rock guitar; abstractly mysterious “Numinous” echoes McCann’s involvement in O’Gallagher’s exploration of 12-tonism (The Anton Webern Project, also recorded on Whirlwind), while the guitarist pays homage to the fluidity of Lee Konitz’s writing in “Rumble”. And for possibly the wildest jazz rock-out of the year – referencing the angst of New Jersey’s infamous lane closure debacle – “Bridge Scandal” becomes characterized by the leader’s audacious fretboard velocity, and is quite simply a show-stealer…

In this most absorbing of releases, Pete McCann’s unerring artistry is equalled only by his vehement personality: “It feels really exciting to be working with Whirlwind, and in Europe, for the first time. I hope that audiences will be pleasantly surprised by what they hear and will recognise my influences as a player and writer.”

 

Pete McCann

 

Here’s  a full length version of ‘Mustard’ from Range:

 

Two Whirlwind performances at London’s Cockpit Theatre’s ‘Jazz In The Round’ this month.

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Alex Garnett and George Crowley will be appearing at this month’s Jazz in The Round at London’s Cockpit Theatre.

 

The Cockpit continues to support ‘Jazz In The Round’, their monthly Monday night of live Jazz hosted by Jez Nelson. On July 27 a trio of cutting edge acts is bolstered by a cool double for Whirlwind Recordings.

Headlining this event is Alex Garnett and his Bunch of Five showcasing his recent Whirlwind release Andromeda.
Bunch of Five is a twin tenor saxophone outfit led by Alex alongside American Tim Armacost with Liam Noble on piano, James Maddren on drums and Whirlwind Recordings supremo Michael Janisch on bass.
Strongly rooted in groove and swing, compositions leave plenty of freedom and room for unexpected twists and improvisation from all ensemble members. 

The opening act is the innovative young composer and saxophonist George Crowley, a prominent new voice among the sea of burgeoning creative musicians living in London. Crowley will be opening his Can Of Worms, his second recording for Whirlwind and another twin saxophone front line with Tom Challenger leading a brilliant young band including Dan Nicholls on piano, Sam Lasserson on bass and Jon Scott on drums.

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Matt Ridley to release second album ‘Mettã’ early next year featuring Jason Yarde

Bassist and composer Matt Ridley will release his new album Mettã in February of next year. The follow up to his debut solo recording Thymos, the album will feature Ridley’s longstanding trio (George Hart – drums and John Turville – piano) as well as saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde, who has become a core member of Ridley’s band since the release of Thymos.

Here’s a sneak preview from the session on the left, ‘Ebb and Flow’

 

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Look out for Matt’s upcoming concert dates (full details)

 Marlborough Jazz Festival  July 17th 2015

Hastings Jazz August 4th 2015

NC Jazz October 22nd 2015

Album launch: 22nd Feb at Pizza Express Dean Street 2016

Fleece Jazz March 4th 2016

Birmingham Jazz April 15th 2016

 

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Joel Harrison: “One of the most interesting voices in contemporary American music.” 5* from The Irish Times for ‘Spirit House’ plus 7 page feature in Jazz Times.

 

“This is a project that mixes heart, soul, intellect and wit to create music that might move in different ways… to open a door inside the listener that helps to experience something which takes them on a journey.”
– Joel Harrison

 

 

 

 

Spirit House has received rave reviews since it’s recent release. Here are the highlights and scroll down for a seven page feature from The Jazz Times reproduced in full:

“One of the most interesting voices in contemporary American music.”
5 Stars, The Irish Times (full review)

“Spirit House reaches out far beyond any notion of jazz parameters. Those prepared to listen beyond the jazz spectrum will be richly rewarded.”
Bebop Spoken Here (full review)

 

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Jeff Williams and his UK Quintet is to release ‘Outlier’ in March 2016 plus live performance at CBSO, videos available to view.

We are pleased to bring you news of the release of Jeff Williams’ album ‘Outlier‘ in March of next year featuring: Phil Robson, Josh Arcoleo, Sam Lasserson and Kit Downes.

OUTLIER: Something (or someone) that lies outside the main body or group of which it is a part.

“That’s a rough approximation of the position I’ve always seemed to occupy…”

– Jeff Williams


In a career spanning four decades 
on the New York jazz scene Jeff Williams’ musical associates have included Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman and Lookout Farm, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley and many more.

Since making a second home in London, following marriage to novelist Lionel Shriver, Jeff Williams has performed in the UK with Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and has toured with McHenry, Konitz, the Phil Robson/Dave Liebman Quartet, and Martin Speake’s Change of Heart (with Bobo Stenson) while also collaborating with Hans Koller, Mike Gibbs, Nikki Iles and many others.

“Over the last decade that I have been living for much of each year in London I have been fortunate to be able to hand pick some of the city’s finest musicians for my UK-based group. Our performances have been revelatory, if infrequent–a situation I hope to improve upon with the release of our upcoming album ‘Outlier‘.

My first studio recording as a leader on Whirlwind since 2011’s Another Time  (with my American quartet), Outlier features both new and never-before-recorded original compositions played magnificently by Josh Arcoleo-tenor saxophone, Phil Robson-guitar, Kit Downes-piano and Sam Lasserson-bass. I am the drummer, of course, but I also manage to sneak in on some other instruments on one selection.

The program is a journey through some of the different aspects of my musical life, going from the title track’s mysterious nature to the Monkishly playful second track, ‘The Interloper’, and on to ”Dream Visitor’, a slice of pre-fusion jazz-rock. Continuing with the balladic ‘Meeting a Stranger’ (first heard on my 90’s release Jazzblues), then a dedication to Hermeto Pascoal, followed by the briskly swinging ‘Oddity’.

I am thrilled to have this recording coming out on Whirlwind next March.”

 

Jeff has the following upcoming performances with his UK ensembles. 

 

24th Sept: Jeff Williams Quartet w/Phil Robson, Josh Arcoleo, Sam Lasserson, NC Jazz, Northampton, UK. (details)

10th Nov. Jeff Williams Trio w/Josh Arcoleo, Sam Lasserson, Spotted Dog, Birmingham, UK (details)

18th March 2016: Jeff Williams Quartet w/Josh Arcoleo, KIt Downes, Sam Lasserson, Sheffield, UK (website)

 

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