Whirlwind Mini Fest at Stereo, Glasgow, Scotland 28th and 29th September 2015.

Announcing the “Whirlwind Mini Fest” on the 28th and 29th of September 2015, at Stereo in Glasgow, Scotland

Three bands per night comprised of four Scottish-based WWR Artists (Konrad Wiszniewski, Rachael Cohen, Tom Gibbs and Ryan Quigley) and Whirlwind’s own Michael Janisch presenting his new band Paradigm Shift.  Each artist will be presenting musical selections from their previous or upcoming releases on Whirlwind.  A FREE 15-Track sampler album will be handed out to everyone who purchases a ticket on the night. Shows start each night at 7 pm.

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Here’s the schedule and a little bit about each band:

Monday 28th September 2015

Konrad Wizniewski Quartet

Konrad Wiszniewski is a Glasgow based saxophonist, composer, and educator.  He initially studied music at Strathclyde University, and after gaining much acclaim in his homeland, accepted a scholarship to study at the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Since then he has worked extensively with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and has been part of the renowned Scottish Brass Quartet ‘Brass Jaw’ since 2006. 

Konrad was awarded an Edinburgh Jazz Festival commission in 2011 to compose a new work along with pianist Euan Stevenson entitled New Focus, which features the Glasgow String Quartet and was a hit on Whirlwind.  He’ll be premiering a new program of music at the Mini Fest.

Line-up: Konrad Wizniewski – saxophones, Cedric Hanriot – piano, Michael Janisch – double bass and Colin Stranahan – drums.


“Wiszniewski brings world-class fire and spontaneous creativity.”
5 Stars, The Herald.



Rachael Cohen Quartet


Originally from the Shetland Islands and now based in London, Rachael Cohen is an alto saxophonist and composer on the rise with an infectious tone and an uncanny ability for storytelling. One of Cohen’s strongest attributes is her lyrical and controlled phrasing when improvising which she delivers with the ease and sophistication of someone twice her age.
Over the past few years, her live performances and composing skills have caught the attention of the UK Jazz scene, as well as Whirlwind’s own Michael Janisch who produced her debut album Halftime, which was in MOJO Magazines top ten of the year for jazz as well as multiple other international acclaim and accolades.

Line-up: Rachael Cohen – alto sax, Tom Gibbs – piano,
Mark Lewandowski – double bass and Doug Hough – drums.


“A promising new talent… [Cohen is] a player who’s not afraid to leave her sound exposed and who’s aware of the importance of space and emotion.”
All About Jazz



Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift

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American bassist, composer, producer and record label owner Michael Janisch is one of the preeminent bassist/bandleaders of his generation working in jazz and experimental musics.  On October 2 he releases his second solo recording Paradigm Shift and debuts his new sextet of the same name.  Paradigm Shift is a double disc album featuring new original material (including disc one that is solely comprised of the ‘Paradigm Shift Suite’) composed by the leader with some choice originals by his bandmates.  The music was initially recorded live by his acoustic quintet after a two-week European tour and was subsequently taken into the studio for post production augmentation by Janisch and electronics wizard Alex Bonney.  Janisch’s new band Paradigm Shift will include Bonney on the live shows thus pairing the acoustic quintet with real-time electronic manipulation, presenting an engaging sonic program of music that mixes contemporary jazz, electronica, funk, rock, punk and free improv alongside anthemic themes, otherworldly sounds and infectious grooves.
Line-up: Michael Janisch – double and electric basses,
Cedric Hanriot – pianos and keys, Alex Bonney – electronics and trumpet, Paul Booth – saxophones, flutes and didgeridoo and Colin Stranahan – drums.

“Janisch seizes the instrument with a blend of speed and energy as if he wants to be melody, harmony and rhythm all at once.”
The Telegraph


Tuesday 29th September 2015

Tom Gibbs Quartet

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Pianist, composer and University Lecturer Tom Gibbs is one of The UK’s rising stars in contemporary improvised music. His debut solo album on Whirlwind Fear of Flying was named one of MOJO magazine’s jazz albums of the year and sparkles with the kind of musical character that establishes a new artist as a voice worth noticing.
Tom will be playing a mixture of music from Fear of Flying and new material.

Line-up: Tom Gibbs – piano, Adam Jackson – alto saxophone,
Michael Janisch – double bass and  Doug Hough – drums.

“Tom is a very great talent indeed, go along and be amazed.”
BBC Radio




Ryan Quigley Quintet


Ryan Quigley is one of the UK’s most versatile trumpeters known internationally for his lead playing and improvising virtuoisity.  He’s also an award-winning composer, arranger and bandleader​ writing and performing with his own quartet, quintet, sextet and big band. He is the recipient of several awards, including both the Scottish and Parliamentary Jazz Awards for best trumpeter and ensemble respectively. He’ll be playing all new music from his forthcoming Whirlwind release to hit the streets sometime in 2016.

Line-up: Ryan Quigley – trumpet, Paul Booth – tenor sax, Steven Hamilton – piano / keys Michael Janisch – double bass and Alyn Cosker – drums.

“…bright, bursting trumpet breaks and poised construction…world-class…”
The Guardian



Michael Janisch – Paradigm Shift
(details as above)

BIG NEWS: WWR’s Michael Janisch to release solo double disc ‘Paradigm Shift’ + launch tour + new website (s) and more October 2 2015


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Some four years in gestation, the ambitious new double-disc project Paradigm Shift from London-based US bassist, composer and producer Michael Janisch sees the Whirlwind Recordings founder enter the spotlight with his multi-level approach to composition and performance. Janisch continues to garner enthusiastic press for his mastery of both double and electric bass, having released his solo album, Purpose Built in 2010 and co-led three further recordings to date – The TransAtlantic Collective’s Traveling Song with Patrick Cornelius; the live quintet album Banned in London with pianist Aruán Ortiz; and First Meeting with the iconic Lee Konitz. Increasingly growing in stature as a creative artist, with this expansive new album he strengthens his already budding reputation as one of the preeminent bassist/bandleaders of his generation working in contemporary, improvised music.

On Paradigm Shift Janisch has taken as its basis a live quintet recording across two nights at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho (London), crafting and honing it into an absorbing 90-minute blend of live and post-processed electro-acoustic music. It’s a particularly creative compositional vision which strongly reflects the bassist’s personality, hewn from years of improvisational development and based on his own life-changing experiences, in particular the recent birth of his two daughters and sudden death of his older brother Joseph. The soundscapes he creates, moreover, evolve directly from his responses to issues such as globalization, corporate wealth/rule, racism and religious fanaticism, while uncompromisingly melding electronica, free improve, rock, punk and funk ​while​ retaining experimental and improvisational integrity throughout. And the conceptual and dialogical coalescence of all fourteen tracks here clearly comes from within, influenced by a vivid synaesthetic awareness – “It’s been much more organic on a compositional level to just allow these new experiences to guide the writing process” – hence the fascinating, modulating moods and styles.

Predominantly a quintet album with engaging solo and duo interludes and segues, Janisch could hardly have selected a more cohesive and eclectic personnel to realise his artistic intentions: versatile British saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist (including didgeridoo) Paul Booth; leading US trumpeter Jason Palmer (from Janisch’s 2010 solo debut, Purpose Built); free-spirited Argentinian piano/keyboard whizzLeonardo Genovese; and the sensitive precision of US drummer Colin Stranahan. Plus, the impulsive electronics of the London- basedAlex Bonney feature on interludial tracks and post production effects​ (​he ​​performs with ​the band on tour to contribute these particularly effective manipulations).

Disc One houses Janisch’s Paradigm Shift Suite – a live thirty-minute expedition without boundaries which, following an effects-laden electric bass and digeridoo intro, burst into an effusive, almost raga-like “Paradigm Shift Dance Party”, resounding to Jason Palmer’s high trumpet; and “Celestial Dictator” hits an infectious, multi-metered Hammond groove, prompting the hard-edged tenor of Paul Booth (​his solo an album highlight in itself​). Dissonant, screeching horns characterise the breathless rage of “Movement III’s Bailout”, eventually quelled by the relative flute-becalmed “Spring” and “Inner Sanctum”, whilst “Liza-Flo” reprises earlier themes with impudent percussion until the quietly confident, solo electric bass outro “Be Free” pictorializes Janisch’s ethos of entitlement to liberty.

Disc Two invites extended compositional contributions from the band, with Leonardo Genovese’s “Chacaraca” displaying South American hues; and “Mike’s Mosey” finds the bassist’s colleagues responding to his scampering free double bass improvisation in a cascade of moody electronic soundscapes​ and unpredictable ​​​​​twists and turns. Echoic, chordal bass in “The JJ I Knew” meditates through electronic colorwashes before hitting the fifteen-minute, playfully fast swing of Jason Palmer’s “Crash”. Leonardo Genovese’s “One-Eyed Calf” has to be one of the most extraordinarily unpredictable keyboard interludes out there, leading to Paul Booth’s epic “Awakening” which closes the set anthemically amidst a raft of deft soloing.

Janisch has become one of the foremost and​ genuine​ ​bassist-bandleaders o​f his generation, and it’s testament to the invention of this strong sextet that the essence of this uncompromising double album was captured over just two straight nights of live performance. The combined interaction of these musically strong personalities paired with the creative post-production electronics surely provides the catalytic spark for infinite live and recorded freedom to follow – both musically and intellectually, the Paradigm Shift starts h​ere.​

 New Websites:

Check out Michael’s new website here where you can link to his new facebook, soundcloud and youtube channel: www.michaeljanisch.com



Check out the tour poster for MJ’s upcoming Autumn  tour which takes in a slew of dates from Spain to the Shetland Islands to promote the new album.

The official album launch party show is at MJ’s old stomping ground the Pizza Express Jazz Club on October 6th.  For Bookings (recommended as tickets will go fast) please click here

For bookings, check Michael’s new website or visit our EVENTS page for all MJ’s upcoming show links.


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Alice Zawadzki live at Manchester Jazz Festival video plus details of very special show at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford September 4th 2015.

On September 4th 2015, Alice will be performing at The Quarry Theatre at St Lukes, Bedford as part of the ‘A Song For You’ series of concerts. (See details)

In ‘I Chew Thorns With Roses’, Alice relates the story of her grandmother, Irena, drawing upon Irena’s memoirs and the extensive research of Alice’s father, celebrated historian, Hubert Zawadzki.  The evening begins with Hubert’s live multimedia narration – an informative and compelling history of Central and Eastern Europe unfolding through Irena’s journey. Hubert is joined by choreographer and dancer Katarzyna Witek, guitarist Alex Roth, and Alice on vocals and violin.

The second part of the evening is Alice’s own story, as showcased in her latest album, China Lane.

This video of ‘Low Sun; Lovely Pink Light’ from the album was recorded at Alice’s appearance at this years Manchester Jazz Festival.


Announcing “Whirlwind Nights @ the 606” – a new monthly residency for Whirlwind artists starting on September 1 at the 606 Club in London

We’re pleased to announce a new monthly residency at the 606 Club in Chelsea, London that features Whirlwind artists fronting their own bands for the first set (with special guests from time to time) and an invite-only jam session for the second set*.  The nights will be curated and presented by WWR founder Michael Janisch as well as long-standing musical colleague Zhenya Strigalev (when not on tour).  The first night of the residency is on September 1st and will kick things off with Janisch and Strigalev as well as WWR Artist Dave Hamblett on drums and guest pianist Rick Simpson.  We’ll have more information on our October residency soon which will feature Tam de Villiers’ and George Crowley’s groups in a special double billing.  For timings and up to date information, please visit the 606 Club homepage.

All ticket buyers will receive our 15-Track Whirlwind Recordings sampler album (for FREE) upon arrival!!


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*some months will feature two WWR bands and no jam session, check back for details.

Partikel’s ‘String Theory’ and Joel Harrison’s ‘Spirit House’ make The Telegraph’s list of ‘Best Jazz Albums of 2015’

Two recent Whirlwind releases String Theory from Partikel and Spirit House from Joel Harrison have made The Telegraph’s ‘Best Jazz Albums of 2015’ list. (full article)

Spirit House was also reviewed on Radio Cardiff’s ‘Jazz Breakfast’ at the weekend. (listen again)
Here are the promotional videos for both albums:


The approach to String Theory differs to Partikel’s previous albums where fine-tuning and non-stop rehearsing of arrangements characterized the lead up to the studio recordings. Eagles describes the process: “With this album the charts I wrote for the trio were purposefully more open and melodic than previous material and the arrangements were developed through touring with the band— rather than all the rehearsing— which I think gives the trio performance on this album a much more natural and spontaneous dynamic.”




Harrison uses the album title Spirit House as an appropriate metaphor for the musical ‘sacred space’ this accomplished ensemble occupied to magically fashion an hour of inspired music greater than the sum of its parts. Amongst the leader’s ambitions for this album is the hope that its musical accessibility, including a peppering of song-based tracks, might reach still farther than the complexity of some of his previous releases:

Pete McCann supports launch of ‘Range’ (out 18th September 2015) with 12 date US/Canada tour.

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, 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).November

Pete will launch Range with his quintet at Bar 55 in New York on September 27th 2015. (details)

Later in the year he will follow up with 11 dates across the US and Canada. For full details click here


3rd: Marshall University, WV
4th: Denison University, OH
5th: BluJazz, Akron, OH
6th: Clinic at Kent State University, OH
7th: (TBC)
7th: Natalie’s, Columbus, OH
8th: Bungalo Jazz, Columbus, OH


9th the Rex, Toronto, Ontario
10th the Rex, Toronto, Ontario
11th (TBC)


Alt Jazz Guitar Festival, NYC (TBC)

“One of this year’s most celebrated five star releases.” Jazz Views reviews Samuel Blaser’s ‘Spring Rain’

“One of this year’s most celebrated five star releases.”
Jazz Views (full review)

Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser made his Whirlwind debut with his new quartet album Spring Rain earlier this year, a tribute to US clarinettist and composer Jimmy Giuffre. Intentionally blurring the boundaries between jazz, blues, free improvisation and contemporary classical, along with an ear for strong melody, Blaser is a musician who seeks to widen the musical scope of his instrument while retaining its tonal identity.

Julian Argüelles, ‘Tetra’ album launch tour dates.

Fresh from the weekend appearance at Brecon Jazz Festival, here are the launch tour dates for
Julian Argüelles and ‘Tetra‘ featuring Kit Downes-piano, Sam Lasserson – bass and James Maddren – drums
(release date Oct 12th 2015, more info here).
The tour will take in ten dates across the UK and starts Oct 26th 2015.
For full details including ticket information, click here.


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“An album brimful of exciting playing and solos… a stimulating and varied set that shows that there is a lot more to come from Phil Robson…” Jazz Views on ‘The Cut Off Point’

From the swinging ebullience of Herbie Hancock-styled “Thief” to the lofty spaciality of “Astral” (dedicated to Kenny Wheeler), the mercurial moods of “Second Thoughts” to the quirky, almost ‘60s sci-fi feel of “Dimi and the Blue Men” and effervescent angularity of title track “The Cut Off Point”, here is a recording that takes the organ trio format into fresh spheres, and the groove is irresistible.




Here are the highlights from the latest press received for The Cut Off Point:

“An album brimful of exciting playing and solos… a stimulating and varied set that shows that there is a lot more to come from Phil Robson…”
Jazz Views (full review)

Phil also took part in Jazz Views’ Take 5 interview and you can read it here: (feature)

Julian Argüelles to release ‘Tetra’ Oct 16, 2015 plus UK Tour & new album trailer

DSC_3048-3It gives us great pleasure to announce the debut Whirlwind release Tetra from saxophonist and composer Julian Argüelles on October 12th 2015 with his new band of the same name featuring Kit Downes (piano), Sam Lasserson (double bass) and James Maddren (drums).

From his beginnings with the legendary Loose Tubes, through his worldwide collaborations, to his searching solo projects, UK composer / saxophonist, bandleader and educator Julian Argüelles has always spoken with a unique voice and is hugely influential to a new generation of British jazz musicians. His music has been described as supremely lyrical, with beautiful melodies while staying cliche free.  He was nominated for Best CD in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for Circularity (Cam Jazz label) and his quartet composition “Hocus Pocus” was shorlisted for a BASCA in 2014. He continues to be one of the most in demand musicians, composers and educators in Europe and in recent years, internationally.

Born near Birmingham, UK, Julian moved to London at the age of 18 where he gained recognition as a creative and original musician. At 20 he joined the much acclaimed band Loose Tubes. Over the past 30 years, he has toured and recorded throughout the world with leading musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Holland, Django Bates, John Scoffield, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, and Bill Frisell. Tetra will be Julian’s thirteenth solo album.

The compositions for Tetra are amongst the most intricate I’ve written for a small group. Kit, Sam and James rise to the challenge of playing elaborately written music with an emotional depth.”  – Julian Argüelles

Watch the album trailer for Tetra below



Julian Argüelles Tetra Tour

October 26 – The Sage Gateshead
October 27 – Spotted Dog, Birmingham (+ Jazzlines master class)
October 28 – University of York Workshop
October 29 – Arthur Sykes Rymer Auditorium, University of York
October 30 – RWCMD, Cardiff (+ master class)
October 31 – Turner Sims, Southampton (+ workshop)
November 3 – East Hastings Sea Angling Association, Hastings
November 4 – Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
November 5 – Bonnington Theatre, Nottingham
November 6 – The Verdict, Brighton
November 7 – The Vortex, London