Paul Jackson and ‘Groove Or Die’ featured in Echoes Magazine.

PJ-Front-Cover-V2Despite all its technical wizardry Groove or Die is a highly accessible album for anyone who loves the craft of songwriting. Paul’s lyrics reflect many of life’s ups and downs and his vocal delivery is as heartfelt and nuanced as his bass playing. After countless years on the road performing to millions of fans Jackson sincerely believes there are only two choices in life: groove or die. To that, as Xantone Blacq appropriately exclaims in the liner notes, “there can be only one response: Groove on Paul, groove on.”

In a recent issue of Echoes Magazine (website), Paul talked to Kevin LeGendre about his musical career and Groove Or Die (click to enlarge)




Untitled design (3)


Listen to a full length version of ‘Everything’ from the album:


UK/Europe press round-up for Partikel Trio’s ‘String Theory’. China tour, UK tour dates + new video release.

String Theory is the third release from London-based Partikel (Duncan Eagles, Max Luthert and Eric Ford), a group that has maintained a feverish live schedule the past few years and is heralded as a significant new band on the European scene. With String Theory, a string quartet has been integrated seamlessly into Partikel’s trademark style of raw emotion and fiercely interactive improvisations, striking a balance between intensity and rich harmony.

Here’s a newly released video of ‘Seeking Shadows’ from the album.


Partikel leave for an extensive 30 day tour of China on Sunday delivering a mixture of workshops at universities and performances across the country.

Recently, Duncan and Max spoke to Jazzwise Magazine in depth about the upcoming tour of China and  String Theory. Here’s a link to the full feature: (read) 

Scroll down for all Partikel’s tour dates including their appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival on 15th November. (details).

Here are the highlights of the latest reviews from the UK and European music publications:

“A dynamic London-based trio.”
Record Collector Magazine (scroll down for image) (website)

​”One of the contenders for jazz album of the year… interesting and unique.”
Musik an Sich (website)

​”Exciting… a very interesting album.”​
Sound and Image (full review)

“A step change for Partikel, String Theory is an intriguing insight into the depths of their resources.”
The Guardian (full review)

“Another intriguing step in the evolution of this talented outfit.”
4 Stars, BBC Music Magazine (scroll down for image) (website)

“A triumphant third album… increasingly adventurous, playful writing and road-matured rhythm section work, the strings are beautifully integrated.”
4 Stars, MOJO Magazine (website)

“String Theory manages to be both accessible and innovative at the same time.”
Sandy Brown Jazz (full review)

“The group have taken a giant leap forward with their latest offering String Theory.”
4 Stars, The Jazz Mann (full review)

​”One of the most exciting new formations in improvised music.”​
Medien Info (website)

​”Partikel offer an excellent virtuosity mixed with playfulness​.”
Nachrichten (website)

“Imaginative, original and at times deeply poignant, this is a big step forward by a group intent on walking down a road less traveled.”
4 Stars, Echoes Magazine, Album Of The Month (scroll down for image) (website)


Partikel Tour Dates




 26th Sep 2015 – Jazz Cafe Posk (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)
27th Sep 2015 – 28th Oct 2015 – Partikel China Tour
15th Nov 2015 – EFG London Jazz Fest – The Bulls Head (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)
20th Nov 2015 – Cambridge Jazz Festival. (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)




 9th Jan – Shrewsbury Jazz Network (full lineup)
16th Jan – Union Chapel (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)
17th Feb, Garrick Theatre, London (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)
24th March – NC Jazz (full lineup)
3rd April – Milestones Jazz Club, Lowestoft (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)
10th April – Southampton Modern Jazz Club (full lineup)
12th April – Dempseys (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)
13th April – Queens Head, Monmouth (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)
26th April – Parr Jazz, Liverpool (full lineup)
28th April – The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (full lineup)
30th April – Tolbooth Centre, Kirkcudbright Scotland  (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)
29th April, Carnegie Hall, Portmahomack, Scotland  (Partikel + Benet McLean Violin)



Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 09.18.26
Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 09.18.01

Echoes Aug 15 (1)

BIG NEWS: Kora Band to release ‘New Cities’ 23rd October 2015 plus new video, launch tour details + full length track.

Kora Band FB


The Kora Band, an ensemble which integrates the uniquely entrancing timbre of the kora — a traditional 21-string harp from West Africa — into a jazz context, present their third release New Cities and first for Whirlwind. The new album showcases a suite composed by pianist and bandleader Andrew Oliver commissioned by the 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works program. The material explores the intersection between contemporary jazz and one of its main ancestors in west African Mandinka music, exploring the boundaries between these two musical cultures and honoring the jazz tradition of combining disparate musical elements into a vibrant and coherent whole. After premiering the material at the Earshot Jazz Festival in 2013, the band spent a week at Kung Fu Bakery studios in Portland with engineer Bob Stark working on the new album.

New Cities presents a suite of compositions constructed on the foundations of traditional west African Mandinka music. Each song takes an element from a traditional piece, deconstructs it, and uses the resulting material as the basis for a new composition. The original pieces range from common tunes such as “Kaira,” made popular in the 1950’s and dedicated to an important religious teacher whose work involved mass prayers for peace and “Mami Wata,” originally a highlife guitar piece from Ghana which entered the Malian and Guinean repertoire in the post-colonial era, to obscure tunes such as “Fayinkunko,” dedicated to a mostly forgotten Gambian patron. With this approach the music retains the exciting and visceral grooves of both musics with strong melodies reminiscent of rhapsodic Mandinka vocal styles. At the same time the jazz backgrounds and improvisational skills of the band members are highlighted, resulting in a contemporary reflection of the globalized music world of the 21st century.

The Kora Band was formed in 2008 by Andrew Oliver after a tour in West Africa with the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” program. A chance encounter with a kora player at a club in Dakar, Senegal inspired Andrew to seek out Kane Mathis, one of America’s foremost kora players and an expert in the intricacies and history of Mandinka music. The group was rounded out with drummer Mark DiFlorio, also present on the State Department tour, bassist Brady Millard-Kish, and trumpeter Chad McCullough. The group’s first album Just 4 U “…blends the swing and intellect of American jazz with the divine poetry of West African music.” (The Oregonian). Their 2010 follow-up, Cascades (OA2 Records) reached #12 on the U.S. World Music Airplay charts as well as winning 2010 Northwest Jazz Album of the Year from Earshot Jazz in Seattle. Jazziz Magazine wrote: “Whether carrying the band through streams of African or Caribbean music, or jazz homegrown in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in the United States, Cascades proceeds in a manner that’s unhurried and consistently inviting, in refreshing contrast to other genre-straddling projects of its general type.”


UK New Cities CD Release Tour:

October 14, 2015
The Jazz Bar

1a Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1HR

October 16, 2015
9:00 PM
The Jazz Cafe
25-27 Pink Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DW

October 17, 2015
12:00 PM
Whitby Musicport Festival
Whitby Pavilion
North Yorkshire

October 20, 2015
9:00 PM
15 Castle Street
Cardiff, CF10 1BS

October 22, 2015
9:00 PM
Jazz re:freshed
Mau Mau Bar
265 Portobello Road
London, W11 1LR

October 23, 2015
8:00 PM
Harrow Arts Centre
171 Uxbridge Road,
Hatch End, London HA5 4EA




Ivo Neame’s ‘Strata’ featured in Rhythm Magazine plus latest press round up including 4 stars from The Guardian, The Irish Times, Jazzwise and All About Jazz.

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.


Here are the highlights from the latest round of reviews for Strata. Scroll down for the feature on Ivo in a recent issue of Rhythm Magazine.

“Future jazz stars on the rise.”
Rhythm Magazine (website)

“A singular voice and a communal effort from a group of musicians who are shaping the future of British jazz.”
4 Stars, Irish Times (full review) 

“Superb new quintet release signals the emergence of a UK-based jazz artist of international quality… Ivo Neame continues on Strata to set new standards for lyrical contemporary jazz in the UK.”
4 Stars, Jazzwise (website)

“Strata is the gifted Neame’s best effort yet to balance the rhythmic back-doubles of latter day jazz composition with the freedoms of improvisation.”
4 Stars, The Guardian (full review)

“What is remarkable about the album is the way that the breadth of influences has been both accommodated and blended to feel natural rather than capricious stylistic shifts.”
4 Stars, All About Jazz (full review)

“This is a fine and varied selection, all thoughtfully played.”
Northern Echo (website)

“A towering statement from a venturesome British team… Ivo Neame is, without doubt, an effulgent beacon amongst British contemporary jazz pianists.”
AP Reviews (full review)

“This is a complex and interesting album which rewards repeated listening to discover its depth and subtleties.”
Sandy Brown Jazz (full review)

“There is great subtlety in the combined use of piano, vibes and, on occasion, flute and this is wonderfully illustrated on ‘Folk Song’ with shimmering effect from vibraphonist Jim Hart.”
UK Vibe (full review)


Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 14.10.57


Big News: Pete Mcann’s Range ft: John O’Gallagher, Henry Hey, Matt Clohesy and Mark Ferber released today! Early press highlights, tour dates and full length track.

Peter McCann FB

Click here for a CD or digital albums (ALAC, FLAC, MP3s and more)


“Those perfectly acceptable opening tracks are more than the stuff of just-another-jazz-guitar-recording… now they’re the lead-up to liftoff, when the musicians let loose, and technical precision transforms into a wild energy unleashed.”
Bird Is The Worm (recommended) (full review)

​”​McCann’s versatility proves that he is capable of both composing and playing in a range of styles, from languid sensitivity to raw full-on power.​”
4 Stars, All About Jazz (full review)


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


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



Pete McCann

Jazz FM and Jazzwise preview Michael Janisch’s ‘Paradigm Shift’ as launch tour continues this week + recent tour photos


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.

With the extensive launch tour currently underway, taking in Cardiff, Dorking, Derby and Dublin this week, both Jazzwise magazine and Jazz FM have featured the album and the show:

“Janisch’s virtuosity is unquestioned. On ‘Paradigm Shift’ he shows his own broad compositional soundscape and thematic grooves.”
Jazz FM (full preview)

Here’s a link to the preview in Jazzwise Magazine which includes two full length tracks: here

For all the very latest updates on the tour visit our events page here or

Here are the first set of photos from the road:

4U7A7654 4U7A7655 4U7A7656 11999064_973945739295628_4154484804794290016_n 12006152_973945922628943_5790480442489316723_n 12006259_973945615962307_3307380703533760147_n 12011203_973945992628936_1124218684268577470_n Band COff78BWwAAEa0P IMG_3993 IMG_4714 Photo 09-09-2015 07 36 19 Photo 09-09-2015 12 13 46 Photo 09-09-2015 14 00 41 Photo 09-09-2015 15 43 06 Photo 10-09-2015 20 55 57





4 stars from All About Jazz for Pete McCann prior to release of ‘Range’ this week.

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.

Here, with his four trusted colleagues, John O’Gallagher (sax), Henry Hey (keys), Matt Clohesy (basses) and Mark Ferber (drums), McCann produces a compelling, immaculately-produced programme that radiates a passion for today’s thriving, progressive jazz scene.

Prior to it’s release on 18th September, here are some highlights from early reviews of Range:

“The album is an object lesson in chiaroscuro invention, naturally inviting frequent replays.”
4 Stars, All About Jazz (full review)

“Switching from cerebral, passive engagement to supercharged emotional connectivity.”
Bird Is The Worm (recommended) (full review)

“A tasty set that let’s the chops fly with that kind of flow that makes it sound easier than it is.”
Midwest Record (full review)

“Those perfectly acceptable opening tracks are more than the stuff of just-another-jazz-guitar-recording… now they’re the lead-up to liftoff, when the musicians let loose, and technical precision transforms into a wild energy unleashed.”
Bird Is The Worm (recommended) (full review)

​”​McCann’s versatility proves that he is capable of both composing and playing in a range of styles, from languid sensitivity to raw full-on power.​”
4 Stars, All About Jazz (full review)

“A winning combination.” Hi-Fi news and Record Review on Jochen Rueckert’s ‘We Make The Rules’

We Make The Rules is the debut Whirlwind 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. We Make The Rules features all original music written by Rueckert and subsequently toured internationally before going into the studio to record. The music on the album was recorded in only seven hours and six of the tracks are first takes, the rest second takes. The album features a standout sound quality, the result of post production work carried out by one of NY’s all-time sonic gurus James Farber.

Jochen is currently busy planning a tour for the Spring of 2016 and will be performing at The ZigZag Club, Berlin (website) at the end of this month.

Here’s a review for We Make The Rules, published in a recent issue of Hi-Fi News & Record Review magazine (website):


Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 13.34.37

‘Prologue’: Live video recording of Nick Vayenas 5tet ft: Patrick Cornelius.

Recorded live, earlier this Summer, this video shows Nick Vayenas and his 5tet featuring Patrick Cornelius performing ‘Prologue’, written by the New York based trumpet player, trombonist and composer for his debut Whirlwind release
Nick Vayenas
Seamlessly straddling the commercial music industry and the improvised music world through his work with international pop superstars Michael Buble and Josh Groban, and with American jazz artists of note including Kendrick Scott and Patrick Cornelius, on this album Nick frames his talents more solidly within the jazz and American songbook traditions.

‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’ – New York Standards Quartet release new live video.

The New York Standards Quartet (NYSQ) is pianist David Berkman, drummer Gene Jackson, saxophonist Tim Armacost, and bassist Daiki Yasukagawa. This New York-based unit have developed a near telepathic relationship playing together since 2006.

Conceptually, the NYSQ strives to develop its own language within the tradition of performing standard jazz repertoire as showcased in recent release The New Straight Ahead.  

Left: NYSQ performing ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’, recorded live at the Athenaeum, La Jolla.