Latest reviews for Ivo Neame and ‘Strata’ plus hear him in session on BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum show.

Known widely for his linchpin roles with Phronesis and Marius Neset, effulgent beacon of contemporary jazz piano, 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.

Recently, Ivo along with his quinted visited the BBC’s Maida Vale studios to record an ‘In Session’ piece for BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum show: Listen (from 27:50)

Here are the highlights from a range of reviews that continue to come in for Strata:

“[Neame’s]​​ pieces are remarkable, his piano solos are pure joy, especially those thoughtful yet purposeful single-note runs​:​ brave, patient and adventurous.”
Jazzthetik (website)

“Sound images that are full of details and surprises…Fine modern jazz from England.”
Concerto (website)

“An incredible intensity of sound to enjoy again and again.​”
Jazz Zeitung (website)

“A work that rewards more than one listen as it gradually reveals all it’s nuances.”
Hörspiegel (website)

Here’s the title track from Strata:

★★★★1/2 from DownBeat Magazine amongst latest reviews for Pete McCann’s ‘Range’ ft: John O’Gallagher, Henry Hey, Matt Clohesy and Mark Ferber.

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, jazz/rock cornucopia Range, to Whirlwind Recordings – a quintet recording of all-new material which distills his vast experience of working alongside some of jazz’s greatest artists.
The title is a metaphor for the breadth of his colorful musical career as well as the diversity of the sounds expressed so eloquently here with John O’Gallagher (sax), Henry Hey (keys), Matt Clohesy (basses) and Mark Ferber (drums).


Range
continues to pull in rave reviews from the UK, US and Europe including ★★★★½ from DownBeat Magazine. Here are the highlights:

“A formidable, flexible outfit with a built-in chemistry and an audacious streak.​..A remarkable post-Pat Metheny contemporary jazz guitarist​.”​
★★★★½, DownBeat Magazine (website) 

“It’s both a wide range of stylistic influences and a demonstration of the broad creative nature and harmonic inquisitiveness of Pete McCann’s artistry.​”
NYC Jazz Record​ (website)

“Deft and clever, the title reflects well the width and breadth of this creative guitarist and composer.”
Jazz Weekly (full review)

“Lyrically spun, tight swinging tunes and powerful fusion-like composition.”
Jazz Thing (website)

“Predominantly modern jazz that moves between tradition and modernity with a short stopover in the jazz-rock of the seventies.”
Musik an Sich (website)

It’s high time for Pete McCann to finally gain a foothold in Europe. “Range” may just be the breakthrough!”
Musik Reviews (website)

“Breathtaking improvisation.”
Medien Info (website)

 

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

 

 

NYJO with guest soloists Mark Nightingale, Gareth Lockrane, Julian Siegel and Zoe Rahman releases new video for NYJO FIFTY and receives ★★★★ from The Financial Times

NYJO FIFTY celebrates the 50th anniversary of a British institution, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who have recorded well over 40 albums to date with this their first release for Whirlwind. Recorded at Air Studios in London, the album reflects the wide range in repertoire, style and musical colors for which NYJO has become known, with a look at new repertoire and some of the band’s past favorites to celebrate 50 years as the UK’s premier youth big band.

The album features special guest soloists in Mark Nightingale (trombone), Gareth Lockrane (flute), saxophonist Julian Siegel and pianist Zoe Rahman.

NYJO have released this video (above) to accompany the launch of the album and scroll down to hear a full length track; ‘Red Squirrel’.

NYJO FIFTY has already received a ★★★★ review from The Financial Times and been suggested as a contender for the ‘big band album of the year’ (details below)

“It takes only two tracks of this celebratory double album to establish the breadth, maturity and technical excellence of this long-established proving ground of UK jazz talent.”
★★★★ Financial Times (full review)

“Surely the big band album of the year.”
Bebop Spoken Here (full review)

“Music of the very highest quality.”
London Jazz (full review)

 

Reviews for ‘Tetra’ by Julian Argüelles with Kit Downes, Sam Lasserson and James Maddren include 4 Stars from Jazzwise Magazine, The Irish Times, The Scotsman and The Guardian.

Esteemed British saxophonist Julian Argüelles brings his working quartet, Tetra, to Whirlwind in an immersive, hour-long sequence of material written specifically with his colleagues in mind: Kit Downes (piano), Sam Lasserson (bass) and James Maddren (drums).

In this new release, his respect for, and collaboration with, today’s eclectic strain of younger jazz musicians kindles a mutually imaginative spark with an equal emphasis on composition and freedom of improvisation, often melodically or texturally blurring those divisions.

 

Here are the highlights of the first round of reviews received for Tetra:

“Julian Argüelles reminds us just how much he can shine in smaller settings. In the fine company of pianist Kit Downes, Sam Lasserson on double bass and James Maddren on drums, his playing is purposeful yet lyrical.”
4 Stars, The Scotsman (full review)

​”​[Argüelles] is constantly pushing himself, searching for new melodies, new ideas, new paths to the harmonic waterfall.​”​
4 Stars, The Irish Times (full review)

“Freewheeling jazz ventures packed with striking compositions…vibrant…”
4 Stars, The Guardian (full review)

“It’s all really rather splendid.”
4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine (website)​

“​It’s a very fine album indeed, characterised by sophisticated and heartfelt compositions which then urge similarly energised playing.”​
Jazz Breakfast​ (full review)

…​Argüelles unfurls supple and shifting melodic contours that never quite follow expectations
Jazz Views (full review)

“Four consummate musicians… Tetra is a burst of golden sunshine.”

Bebop spoken Here (full review)

“Argüelles presents as an innovative and expressive saxophonist who knows his game and how to grab the attention of the listener.”
Musik an Sich (website)

 

Here’s Yada Yada from Tetra:

 

 

Big News: ‘NYJO FIFTY’ by The National Youth Jazz Orchestra feat. Zoe Rahman, Gareth Lockrane, Mark Nightingale and Julian Siegel released today!

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

 

Jazz Fm (here) and Jazzwise Magazine (here) preview the album and appearance at EFG London Jazz Festival (details)

 

NYJO FIFTY celebrates the 50th anniversary of a British institution, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who have recorded well over 40 albums to date with this their first release for Whirlwind. Recorded at Air Studios in London, the album reflects the wide range in repertoire, style and musical colors for which NYJO has become known, with a look at new repertoire and some of the band’s past favorites to celebrate 50 years as the UK’s premier youth big band. A double-disc album, the band’s contemporary material makes up Disc 1 with more traditional material on Disc 2. It has always been NYJO’s belief that in order to create a firm foundation for progression in the music, a clear sense of the legacy of jazz and in particular the great lexicon that makes up the big band style is needed. FIFTY accomplishes this and more with a program of varied arrangements reflecting trends in both historical and contemporary large ensemble jazz bands.

The album features special guest soloists in Mark Nightingale (trombone) and Gareth Lockrane (flute), arguably two of the best-known NYJO alumni who have contributed a great deal to the ensemble over the years as members and, in Mark’s case, also as a writer. Mark’s “He’s Just My Bill” has been a stalwart, and as yet unrecorded, selection in NYJO’s live concerts for many years. Gareth is featured on the Yellowjackets’ number “Rush Hour”. The album also features saxophonist Julian Siegel and his “Mama Badgers” (originally written for The Voice of The North Jazz Orchestra) while guest pianist Zoe Rahman’s “Red Squirrel” gets a reworking from its original piano-trio version into a full-scale big band arrangement by NYJO Artistic & Music Director Mark Armstrong.

Since 2010 NYJO has commissioned new music from leading UK jazz composers. Some of this was featured on their 2012 release The Change and this time includes “Wintermute” by Kit Downes, “No Man Is An Island” by Laura Jurd and “Sub Hub Hubbub” by Jason Yarde. As usual, there is music written and arranged by current or recent band members – Laura Jurd has a foot in both camps as an alumna too; additionally Callum Au, Chris Whiter, Nick Dewhurst, Tom Walsh and Owen Dawson are spotlighted as current writers and arrangers for the band. The album also remembers the great Stan Tracey in ex-NYJO pianist Steve Melling’s arrangement of “Ballad for Loos”, taken from Stan’s final release The Flying Pig.

There is a substantial legacy of compositions that have been generated by the band over the 50 years of its existence and two “instrumental battles” are chosen in the spirit of the traditional big band sound to do this: Matt Wates’s “Never The Twain” pits the alto saxophones against each other and Chris Smith’s “Going Dutch” takes us into the heavyweight category with the tenors. Additionally Josh Daniel’s groove-inspired take on “A Foggy Day” gives Sam Glaser further space to stretch. “St Louis Blues” is a reduction of a double-big-band arrangement written for NYJO’s collaboration with the German BuJazzO in autumn 2014. NYJO’s vocalist Jessica Radcliffe is featured on “No Man Is An Island” in a setting of the John Donne poem. She also sings arrangements by Mark Armstrong and Callum Au, and an original song by founder Bill Ashton OBE, newly arranged by Paul Hart — one of many written by Bill for the band over the years. This recording is a reflection of what NYJO has done, what it will continue to do, and where it may go in the future.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is Britain’s longest-running ensemble for young people under 25 playing big-band jazz. Founded by Bill Ashton OBE in 1965, the orchestra offered aspiring young musicians the opportunity to rehearse, write and gain experience in live performance at a time when UK jazz education was in its infancy. Since then the orchestra and the junior bands of the NYJO Academy have met to rehearse almost every Saturday morning to deliver a creatively challenging experience within an informal environment. NYJO features 23 musicians and vocalists from around the country, most of whom go on to become professional musicians. Alumni include Guy Barker, Mark Nightingale, Gerard Presencer, Pete Long, Dennis and Winston Rollins and Amy Winehouse.

 

 

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Big News: New York Standards Quartet ft: David Berkman, Tim Armacost, Gene Jackson and Michael Janisch to release ‘Power of 10’ on 4th December 2015.

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click here to listen to excerpts from the album

 

new_york_standards_920_550shar-20_s_c1NYSQ‘s latest recording, Power of 10 is their second release for Whirlwind and a tribute to their ten years of performing together. The band came together when three of New York’s busiest jazz players noticed they had one thing in common: Japan. Tim Armacost is a grammy nominated tenor saxophonist who has performed with Kenny Barron, Bob Hurst and Ray Drummond among many others, and is the group’s founder. He had lived in Tokyo several times and performed there for years. Gene Jackson, a drumming powerhouse well-known from his nine years in the Herbie Hancock trio as well as his performances with Dave Holland, the Mingus Band and Wayne Shorter, had recently married a Japanese woman and was splitting his time between New York and Tokyo. David Berkman, a fiery pianist who is both rooted in the jazz tradition and a harmonically adventurous improviser and composer, is a 30+ year NYC veteran of many bands including Tom Harrell, The Vanguard Orchestra and countless others. Berkman, also married to a Japanese woman, was traveling to Japan with increasing frequency.

Of course, it turns out they had a lot more in common than a love of Japanese culture. They had an approach to playing standards honed by their years on the NY Jazz scene, leading their own bands of original music and playing with jazz legends. Berkman, who writes much of the band’s repertoire, has a distinctive flair for re-casting well-known jazz standards in new and unexpected settings. ​On Power of 10, ​ Songs like “Deep High Wide Sky” and “Hidden Fondness” are melodies based on the chord progressions of “How Deep is the Ocean” and a reharmonized, “Secret Love”. In the band’s hands, his arrangement of the well worn standard “All of Me” becomes a daring, harmonically tense vehicle for Armacost’s mighty soprano playing and Jackson’s powerful drumming. Armacost’s arrangement of “Lush Life” brings a new perspective to this classic Strayhorn ballad and his “Green Doll’s Phone” is a playful treatment of “On Green Dolphin Street” written to showcase the brilliant technical prowess of bassist Michael Janisch who joined them for this recording. Gene Jackson, the band’s rhythmic center who drives the music forward with fire and infectious good spirits, is much in evidence throughout the session and contributes his arrangement of Elvin Jones’ “Three Card Molly.”

What began as a happy coincidence of three friends in a foreign land has grown into a mature collective that is more than the sum of its impressive parts. The band has toured extensively in Japan, the U.K., around Europe and the United States for ​t​en​ years. These days, that is an extremely rare accomplishment in the jazz world, where economic pressures work against band longevity. The close connection between the members is evident throughout this recording: an idea starts with one player and is picked up and developed by another​ ​risk taking and improvisation abound, but there’s a sense of warmth, enjoyment and shared purpose that permeates all of these performances.

This has become the hallmark of this group’s playing: an easy rapport with one another developed through ten years of playing together and interpreting jazz classics in a highly engaging and personal way. The audience response has been phenomenal, in part because they give the listener something familiar to grab on to, before throwing in the bends and quirks that NYSQ has become known for, creating modern shapes and visions of these well-known ​songs​. Or to quote John Fordham ​from The Guardian ​in his rave review ​from a recent UK tour:

“The exciting New York Standards Quartet, a group devoted to the radical reinvention of famous pop songs and Broadway show tunes…(is) a collective class act, and a delightful surprise…​ ​Playing jazz standards their way.”

To mark the launch of Power of 10, New York Standards Quartet will be starting a tour tomorrow at Sheffield Jazz and finishing at Pizza Express on 22nd November as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Here are the dates and for further details including ticket links, visit our events page: here

November 13:  Sheffield Jazz

 

November 16-17: Lemmens Institute

 

November 18: Jazz Podium De Werf

 

November 19: Cambridge Jazz

 

November 20: Hull Jazz Festival, University of Hull

 

November 22: EFG London Jazz Festival, Pizza Express

 

Here’s a full length version of Deep High Wide Sky from the album:

EFG London Jazz Festival 13th – 22nd Nov 2015 – Whirlwind Artist shows include Partisans at Cadogan Hall, Ollie Howell at Jazz In The Round and special double bill of NYSQ and Alex Garnett at Pizza Express.

We’re pleased to announce that nine artists that have released albums on the Whirlwind label will be featured acts at this month’s EFG London Jazz Festival produced by Serious, with many other label artists performing as sidemen/women across the capital.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store with links to recent album information and detailed show listings including booking link:

Friday 13th November – Partisans at Cadogan Hall  SOLD OUT

Monday 15th November – Samuel Blaser at Club Inégales

Sunday 15th November – Partikel at The Bull’s Head Barnes

Monday 16th November – Ollie Howell at Jazz In The Round

Wednesday 18th November – Alice Zawadzki at The 606 Club

Friday 20th November – George Crowley at Con Cellar Bar

Sunday 22nd November – New York Standards Quartet and Alex Garnett’s Bunch Of Five at Pizza Express 

Sunday 22nd November – Gareth Lockrane at The Spice Of Life

Sunday 22nd November – Nia Lynn at The Barbican

 

 

Big News: The National Youth Jazz Orchestra to release ‘NYJO FIFTY’ 13th Nov 2015 feat. Zoe Rahman, Gareth Lockrane, Mark Nightingale, Julian Siegel

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click here to listen to excerpts from the double disc set

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NYJO FIFTY celebrates the 50th anniversary of a British institution, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who have recorded well over 40 albums to date with this their first release for Whirlwind. Recorded at Air Studios in London, the album reflects the wide range in repertoire, style and musical colors for which NYJO has become known, with a look at new repertoire and some of the band’s past favorites to celebrate 50 years as the UK’s premier youth big band. A double-disc album, the band’s contemporary material makes up Disc 1 with more traditional material on Disc 2. It has always been NYJO’s belief that in order to create a firm foundation for progression in the music, a clear sense of the legacy of jazz and in particular the great lexicon that makes up the big band style is needed. FIFTY accomplishes this and more with a program of varied arrangements reflecting trends in both historical and contemporary large ensemble jazz bands.

The album features special guest soloists in Mark Nightingale (trombone) and Gareth Lockrane (flute), arguably two of the best-known NYJO alumni who have contributed a great deal to the ensemble over the years as members and, in Mark’s case, also as a writer. Mark’s “He’s Just My Bill” has been a stalwart, and as yet unrecorded, selection in NYJO’s live concerts for many years. Gareth is featured on the Yellowjackets’ number “Rush Hour”. The album also features saxophonist Julian Siegel and his “Mama Badgers” (originally written for The Voice of The North Jazz Orchestra) while guest pianist Zoe Rahman’s “Red Squirrel” gets a reworking from its original piano-trio version into a full-scale big band arrangement by NYJO Artistic & Music Director Mark Armstrong.

Since 2010 NYJO has commissioned new music from leading UK jazz composers. Some of this was featured on their 2012 release The Change and this time includes “Wintermute” by Kit Downes, “No Man Is An Island” by Laura Jurd and “Sub Hub Hubbub” by Jason Yarde. As usual, there is music written and arranged by current or recent band members – Laura Jurd has a foot in both camps as an alumna too; additionally Callum Au, Chris Whiter, Nick Dewhurst, Tom Walsh and Owen Dawson are spotlighted as current writers and arrangers for the band. The album also remembers the great Stan Tracey in ex-NYJO pianist Steve Melling’s arrangement of “Ballad for Loos”, taken from Stan’s final release The Flying Pig.

There is a substantial legacy of compositions that have been generated by the band over the 50 years of its existence and two “instrumental battles” are chosen in the spirit of the traditional big band sound to do this: Matt Wates’s “Never The Twain” pits the alto saxophones against each other and Chris Smith’s “Going Dutch” takes us into the heavyweight category with the tenors. Additionally Josh Daniel’s groove-inspired take on “A Foggy Day” gives Sam Glaser further space to stretch. “St Louis Blues” is a reduction of a double-big-band arrangement written for NYJO’s collaboration with the German BuJazzO in autumn 2014. NYJO’s vocalist Jessica Radcliffe is featured on “No Man Is An Island” in a setting of the John Donne poem. She also sings arrangements by Mark Armstrong and Callum Au, and an original song by founder Bill Ashton OBE, newly arranged by Paul Hart — one of many written by Bill for the band over the years. This recording is a reflection of what NYJO has done, what it will continue to do, and where it may go in the future.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is Britain’s longest-running ensemble for young people under 25 playing big-band jazz. Founded by Bill Ashton OBE in 1965, the orchestra offered aspiring young musicians the opportunity to rehearse, write and gain experience in live performance at a time when UK jazz education was in its infancy. Since then the orchestra and the junior bands of the NYJO Academy have met to rehearse almost every Saturday morning to deliver a creatively challenging experience within an informal environment. NYJO features 23 musicians and vocalists from around the country, most of whom go on to become professional musicians. Alumni include Guy Barker, Mark Nightingale, Gerard Presencer, Pete Long, Dennis and Winston Rollins and Amy Winehouse.

 

 

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Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift back on the road this week with special 10th December show at Manchester’s Band On The Wall + 4 stars from Jazzwise Magazine, All About Jazz, The Jazz Mann and The Herald Scotland.

Michael Janisch’s extensive  Paradigm Shift  Euro tour continues this week and there is a special upcoming show on December 10th at Manchester’s Band On The Wall. (Tickets). All ticket holders will receive a free 15-Track Whirlwind Recordings sampler album upon arrival.

So far the tour has covered more than 30 dates and has included workshops and performances in Shetland Islands, Wales as well as the sold out launch party at Pizza Express, London, and Seville Jazz Festival (See video) and a two day ‘Whirlwind Mini Fest’ in Glasgow.

 

To see some ‘tour’ photos and read tour news visit: here and here.

Both the album and the live shows have been received with great interest and excitement. Here are just a few of the highlights to date: 

“A highlight of Janisch’s eventful career to date… the centerpiece of the album is the lengthy suite of the title track, which gives full vent to Janisch’s ability as a writer who creates from the stance of a bold improviser, so much so that the music feels entirely ‘lived in’ and visceral…”
4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine (scroll down for full feature)

“Sheer dynamism… both discs indubitably demonstrate just how brilliant Janisch’s band sounds.”
4 Stars, All About Jazz (full review)

“An astonishingly invigorating listen… The results – the half-hour Janisch-written ‘Paradigm Shift Suite’ – not only has great variety, from full-on quintet to individual and duet interludes, but it also has a remarkable cohesion, a tribute to Janisch’s over-arching vision as a composer and band leader.”
The Jazz Breakfast (full review)

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

“Paradigm Shift is bursting with ideas and potential directions and a powerful music statement from Janisch and his quintet.”
London Jazz News (full review)

“The music was surging, searching, with marvellous honking, free-flowing soprano saxophone from Jason Yarde, and hugely descriptive, not least on Janisch’s almost filmic, carousal-inspired Mike’s Mosey.”
4 Stars, Herald Scotland (live review)

“A stellar international sextet… The performance of the suite was dazzling in terms of its power, precision and intensity, music that was visceral and uncompromising yet ultimately energising, enjoyable and invigorating for band members and audience alike. Catch the Paradigm Shift tour if you can.”
4 Stars, The Jazz Mann (live/album review)

“​Michael Janisch is simply a monster player. His bass skills on both electric and acoustic seem monumental and at the same time, effortless. He obviously loves a groove, though his grooves are more complex than your average funk/R&B bassist. His soloing is thematic and takes in the entire range of the instrument, often contrasting high note melodic statement with low note grooves.​”​
What’s On​ (live review)

“​As a player, [Janisch] sits front and centre of the tradition, incorporating all kinds of European textural and harmonic innovations into the muscular, blues-to-bop language of contemporary America. The suite progresses through a parade of unexpected developments, from Sun Ra-style creaking clavinet to a stunning drum solo with vocal chorus interjections.”
Jazzwise Magazine (live review)

“A wealth of imaginative, engaging jazz has been produced by bands that expertly bridge the styles of free-flowing acoustic jazz and electronic styles, but Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift must surely be one of the most accomplished.”
The Jazz Breakfast (live review)

“Brilliant… but infuriating.”
The Guardian

“Hard-edged, electronica-enhanced contemporary modern jazz quintet… richly textured four-movement Paradigm Shift suite… delivers powerhouse grooves, shifting rhythms and the muscular Anglo/US sax and trumpet front line of Paul Booth and Jason Palmer.”
The Financial Times

“Bassist Michael Janisch’s new live double album, Paradigm Shift, is a groove-centric ride in a souped-up engine. Its moving parts are clearly in all working order, shifting and flowing like they were built that way. The rhythm section of Janisch, drummer Colin Stranahan, and pianist Leo Genovese is outstanding.”
NextBop

“At the epicentre is a four piece movement with the first movement noticeable for the use of repeated electric piano vamps and some hard-hitting trumpet that recalls the young Freddie Hubbard and overall comes across as similar in tone and multi-layering to Miles’ ‘Bitches Brew’ era.”
UK Vibe

“Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift is one monster album. The movements, or sections, feature some of the best ‘on-the-bandstand’ improvisations committed to disc in recent times.”
Bebop Spoken Here

“Paradigm Shift finished off the night with a tour de force display of instrumental firepower that ranks alongside any jazz gig I’ve been to in the past and I’m including some very big names in that list.”
Mumble Music (Scotland, live review)

“Edgy, post-millennium melodic and rhythmic devices, and the 2011 live recording at its core is tweaked by state-of-the-art studio effects. Overdubbed electric basses and didgeridoos merge and spin in echoing space; and contemporary Latin grooves carry bright, tightly wound themes like 1960s Blue Note sessions stretched into Steve Coleman-esque melody-mazes.”
The Guardian

“An expansive and ceaselessly shifting affair, ranging through muscular ensemble playing and horn statements punctuated by solo electric or double bass interludes over a susurrus of electronics.”
The Scotsman

“[Janisch’s] talented group, in particular saxophonist Paul Booth and keyboardist Leo Genovese, find plenty to say on the subject of the bassist’s involved and involving tunes.”
The Irish Times

“Janisch continues to prove himself to be one of the most forward looking bandleaders around and a major stimulating presence.”
Marlbank

“Paradigm Shift is an electro-acoustic mix of dazzling improvisations, post-processed electronics, with unique and creative compositions.”
URB (LA -based radio station)

 

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“If music is a language, then guitarist Joel Harrison is a polyglot.” 4 Stars from DownBeat Magazine for ‘Spirit House’ ft: Cuong Vu, Paul Hanson, Kermit Driscoll and Brian Blade plus latest review round-up.

A broad-thinking musician with a prolific and extensive back catalog of releases – from duo and chamber to big band formats, from West African to North Indian collaborations – renowned Washington DC-born guitarist and composer Joel Harrison now turns his attention to a quintet recording featuring the intriguing front line of trumpet (Cuong Vu) and bassoon (Paul Hanson). Completed by NYC bassist Kermit Driscoll (bass) and the influential eminence of drummer Brian Blade, Harrison has created a genuine improvisers’ record on Spirit House with a conceptual focus very much on the intuitive skills of these specific players.

Reproduced below is a selection of highlights from the latest round of reviews received for Spirit House and you can read the full version of the review in Jazzwise Magazine of the CD launch show at London’s Pizza Express: (here)

“If music is a language, then guitarist Joel Harrison is a polyglot.”
DownBeat Magazine (digital edition) (scroll down to see full review)

​”Expressive and yet subtle music… rich contrast… highly recommended.” ​
Drums and Percussion (website)

“​Interesting variations of rhythm, inspired soloing and plenty of improvisation.​.. A great recording.​”
Concerto

“​Joel Harrison is one of the most discreetly active guitarists who deserves open ears and concentrated listening.”
HiFi & Records (website)

“The American guitarist Joel Harrison feels very comfortable in many musical varieties from jazz to rock and country as well as from West African to North Indian soundscapes; he understands very well their worlds and the intention behind his music​.”
Musikreviews (website)

“Joel Harrison has a distinctive expressiveness as both a guitarist and singer.”
Medien Info (website)

​”An amazement of unpredictability.”
Saarbrücker Zeitung (website)

“​Spirit House is Joel Harrison’s magum opus, as you would rarely find such a fine line between so many styles and genres drawn.”​
Jazz Podium (website)

​”Captures wonderfully the improvisational nature of the musicians.”​
Rheinmain Magazine

“[Spirit House] fascinates, captures and takes the listener on a journey.”
Nachrichten

“A wild roller coaster between modern, freestyle, improvisations and ambience.”
In Music

“​Interesting variations of rhythm, inspired soloing and plenty of improvisation.​.. A great recording.​”
Concerto (website)

           

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