Patrick Cornelius Quartet: Live tonight at The Kitano NYC with Aaron Parks, Matt Brewer and Clarence Penn

Patrick Cornelius Special Quartet Live at The Kitano NYC, August 31st.

Patrick Cornelius – saxophone

Aaron Parks – piano

Matt Brewer  bass

Clarence Penn  drums

More info and tickets: here

Patrick Cornelius will be playing tunes from all his albums including the highly acclaimed While We’re Still Young Featured alongside Patrick on this album is Jason Palmer – trumpet, John Ellis – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, Nick Vayenas – trombone, Miles Okazaki – guitar, Gerald Clayton – piano, Peter Slavov – bass and Kendrick Scott – drums.  A commission from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program, and a grant from The Doris Duke Foundation helped realise Patrick’s ambition to create a suite of new original music inspired by the universally-treasured poetry of English literary icon A. A. Milne.

 

Latest press for While We’re Still Young

“Lovely ensemble writing.”
Hi-Fi News and Record Review (website)

“Patrick Cornelius creates a unique sound through his choice of musicians and instrumentation… a stylish album.”
Hörspiegel (website)

‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ – London Jazz premiers official album trailer for Ryan Quigley’s upcoming release + Sept 5 launch Pizza Express

On 14th October Ryan Quigley unveils his ten-track album What Doesn’t Kill You – a quintet release with Paul Booth (tenor sax, flutes), Steve Hamilton (piano, Fender Rhodes),Michael Janisch (double bass) and Clarence Penn (drums). This release – bookended by lyrical, echoic solo trumpet – finds Ryan Quigley delighting in the opportunity of working with good friends who share his innate desire for musical integrity, and whom he also counts amongst his musical heroes.

 

 

London Jazz (read feature) have premiered the brand new official album trailer (above) and previewed the supporting tour which starts Monday 5th September at Pizza Express (click for info & tickets).

Listen to a full length version of the title track below and for more tour details go: here

 

 

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Andre Canniere to release ‘The Darkening Blue’ October 14 feat. Brigitte Beraha, Tori Freestone, Michael Janisch, Ivo Neame & Ted Poor + Autumn tour dates + first single ‘Area Of Pause’

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Worldwide Release: October 14, 2016

“The sky puts on the darkening blue coat
held for it by a row of ancient trees;
you watch: and the lands grow distant in your sight,
one journeying to heaven, one that falls.”


For his third Whirlwind release, Pennsylvania-raised, London-based trumpeter Andre Canniere shifts in an oblique direction from previous albums Forward Space and Coalescence with original compositions inspired by the words of Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke and American author Charles Bukowski.

The Darkening Blue (click for sound samples) is a sextet project which reaches into the heart of Stephen Mitchell’s insightful translations of Rilke, some of which are conveyed by one of UK jazz’s most expressive vocalists, Brigitte Beraha. There are instrumentally diverse interpretations, too, of Bukowski’s writings, which are illuminated throughout by Tori Freestone (tenor sax), Ivo Neame (piano, keyboards, accordion), Michael Janisch (acoustic/electric bass) and Ted Poor (drums).

Combining Rilke’s mystical intensity with a reassuring wistfulness, Beraha delivers lyrical stanzas which rhythmically and organically enfold Canniere’s narrative arrangements to kindle rich, tumbling, connective improvisation – and that sense of engagement and craft flows throughout an album which is as forcefully dynamic as it is emotionally moving, frequently drawing out imaginative displays of virtuosity.

Yearning, waltzing ‘Autumn Day’ bids farewell to summer through Canniere’s lilting instrumental and vocal melodies which are contrastingly imbued with soft aromas and impending solitude; and Bukowski’s poem ‘Bluebird’ (reinterpreted through Monique Canniere’s words) is a sparkling first take whose songlike structure swings out to fluent trumpet and tenor sax improv, while the horns closely mesh with Beraha’s natural, pliant vocalisations (an especially appealing compositional quality here).

Ted Poor’s incisive drumming colorizes ‘Splash’, a buoyant, bass-and-piano-propelled episode which features Freestone’s elegant modal explorations; while the airy tranquillity of Ivo Neame’s electric piano and Canniere’s dreamy trumpet in ‘Area of Pause’ snap into pure energy, throwing caution to the wind in a rippling dash to the finish.

Perhaps a post-modernist theme for turbulent political times, Bukowski’s ‘Hug the Dark’ is menacingly pictorialized through an urgent, heavy-rock groove, with Freestone pushing hard at her tenor’s limits over jagged electric piano, ominous electronics and Michael Janisch’s distorted bass – and, as elsewhere in this hour’s homage to profoundly-communicated verse, Canniere’s own instrumental invention and technique reach new heights.

Creatively embracing the specific progression of Rilke’s poetry,Evening’ falls, rises and then unravels into spine-tingling, paroxysmal free jazz; ‘Going Blind’ finds Beraha’s spirited, precise voice tracing a weightless pathway to eventual freedom; and closing ‘Sunflower’ – a carefree dedication to the leader’s daughter, Emelie – eases out to blithe trumpet, unison horn phrases and Ivo Neame’s characteristically breezy piano.

Andre Canniere is thrilled by the way his new project, with its jazz, indie rock and songwriting influences, has come to fruition: “These are great musicians who intuitively ‘bring their thing’ to my compositions, which is what I love; and I’ve been crazy about the work of Rilke and Bukowski for some time – it can affect people in many different ways. So if I can turn listeners onto some great poetry, introducing them to something in addition to the music, then that’s great.”

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Check the upcoming tour dates below, and for links to bookings click here.

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ENDING SOON: Summer Sale – 25% off every purchase from our website + free copy of ‘City of Poets’ and Whirlwind sampler with every CD purchase until the end of August.

This month we release our 78th album since we began in early 2010.  Our catalog has become even more eclectic since we began and with our current and upcoming releases we’re more excited than ever with the scope and quality of our music.  We are proud that we have developed a worldwide following that supports and enables our efforts through attending our concerts and purchasing our music.

As a thank you for your ongoing support we’re offering 25% off every purchase from the Whirlwind Recordings Website from today until the end of August. 

 

Listen to a selection of tracks from our 2016 releases so far above. Playlists from previous years are available on our YouTube Channel alongside the very latest official album trailers for our most recent and upcoming releases.

Simply add the code AUGUSTSALE on the Checkout page (there’s a space provided that says ‘enter coupon code’) and your purchase price will be reduced by 25%. This discount applies on all site products: CDs, digital albums and individual tracks.

AND there’s more:

With every CD purchase, you will not only receive our free 15-track Whirlwind sampler album, you’ll also receive a free copy of our recent release City of Poets.

This album features pianist Cedric Hanriot, trumpeter Jason Palmer, saxophonist Donny McCaslin, bassist Michael Janisch and drummer Clarence Penn and has become one of our most popular releases of 2016. Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

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Release day: Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson and ‘New Focus On Song’

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

 

“The balance between the jazz instruments and the string quartet is such that they reinforce each other rather than competing for attention… The album stands on the quality of the writing, musicianship and the relationship between the two principals.”
London Jazz

 

Scottish pianist/composer Euan Stevenson and saxophonist/composer Konrad Wiszniewski continue their musical collaboration New Focus with a second album New Focus On Song for Whirlwind Recordings. After the critical success of their first release which featured a unique blend of classical, jazz and Scottish Folk that was shortlisted for the 2012 Scottish Album of the Year Award, the pair have established themselves as leading lights on the burgeoning creative music scene in Scotland.

Much of the acclaim received to date for New Focus has centred on the pair’s ability to write beautiful, haunting melodies where every piece in the sequel balances emotional power with exquisite craftsmanship. Stevenson provides the majority of the compositions and orchestrations and largely employs the subtle palette of the first album (jazz quartet, string quartet and harp), further enriching these textures with the addition of woodwind. Wiszniewski solos on both tenor and soprano saxophones throughout, while on ensemble passages he and his wife Nicola Wiszniewska provide orchestral colour on clarinet and flute respectively with Alina Bzhezhinska once more featured on concert harp.

The resulting chamber music is rich and varied. Both composers pay tribute to their young daughters with heartfelt musical letters dedicated to each; but sensitivity and sweetness is balanced with hard edged improvising on the fast swinging ‘Corea Change’ and the angular and spiky ‘Fourths Ostinato’, whilst the folky ‘Green Park’ and ‘Sophia’s Song’ (with Wiszniewski on Celtic whistle) leave the listener in no doubt as to the composers’ heritage. That being said, the Gallic influence of Debussy, Satie and Ravel is never far away – tracks like ‘Ascension’ and ‘Braeside’ are a unique blend of French impressionism and jazz, a testament to Stevenson’s versatility as a composer/performer who is able to move seamlessly between idioms. This holistic approach is moreover exemplified in the two short improvised solo piano vignettes which appear as sparkling contrasts to the full ensemble dynamic.

Alive to every textural nuance is drummer/percussionist Alyn Cosker, hooking up splendidly with the ever supportive bassist Andrew Robb. Indeed, the Glasgow String Quartet, all members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, are used to working in perfect synergy, and from start to finish all the players on this genre-defying album appear to breathe joyfully as one, a powerful demonstration of accessible, creative music making in the 21st century.

 

Tour Dates (check back for more details)

20th August –  The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

28th August – The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

9th September – The Swallow Theatre, Wigton

16th September – Cupar Music Club

17th September – Craiglockhart Parish Hall, Edinburgh

8th October – Gartmore Music Club

3rd November – The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

4th November – The Tollbooth, Stirling

 

Here’s Green Park from New Focus On Song

 

Phil Robson: UK dates this autumn with organ trio and EFG London Jazz Festival show with Partisans.

The ever-searching, eclectic guitarist Phil Robson has released four contrasting solo records to date and is known throughout the world for his contribution to the long-running quartet Partisans (their release Swamp won Album Of The Year in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards). As a sideman he’s performed with Kenny Wheeler, Mark Turner, Billy Hart, Barbara Streisand, Django Bates, Christine Tobin, among others and recently, with his newly established organ trio, he released The Cut Off Point.

 

 

Phil will be returning to the UK this autumn for live dates with his organ trio featuring Ross Stanley and Gene Calderazzo and will be performing with Partisans as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

For full details of all Phil’s upcoming live dates here and in the US, go: here

 23rd Sept – Partisans – Limerick Jazz Festival

11th November – Partisans – The Bear Club, Luton

12th November – Partisans – Pizza Express, London

13th November – Organ Trio – Fleece Jazz

14th November – Royal Academy of Music, London

17th November – Organ Trio – Jazz Steps

18th November – Organ Trio – Red Lion – Birmingham

Partikel to tour China later this year ahead of spring release of new album ‘Counteraction’ plus EFG London Jazz Festival date, London and Germany dates

Partikel are to release Counteraction the follow up to String Theory and Cohesion in the spring of 2017. Prior to this, they have a busy season of tours and live dates.

Partikel are three London-based musicians with very different musical backgrounds who make music that mixes their favorite influences in a melodic, coherent and accurate way.  With Duncan Eagles on saxophones, Max Luthert on double bass and Eric Ford on drums, they’ve received much critical acclaim since their formation in 2009 and Jazzwise Magazine asserts the band is “one of the hottest young bands on the UK scene.”

Here’s Duncan talking about the upcoming tour of China this autumn.

All upcoming tour dates: details

-LONDON-

7th Sep – Old Street Records, London

13th Oct – The Ram Jam Club, Kingston

-CHINA TOUR-

25th Oct – Quingdao Grand Theatre, China

27th Oct – Jilin Grand Theatre, Jilin Province, China

29th Oct – Shenyang Concert Hall, Liaoning Province, China

31st Oct – Concert Hall, Sichuan Conservatory of Muisc, China

2nd Nov – Yunnan Grand Theatre, Kunming, China

4th Nov – China Drum Summit Festival, Beijing, China

13th Nov – EFG London Jazz Festival, Pizza Express Jazz Club 1.00pm

-GERMANY TOUR-

1st December – Bb Jazz Club, Berlin, Germany

4th December – Jazz Im Bruckenstern, Hamburg, Germany

5th December – Club Moments, Bremen, Germany

 

Hear a full length version of ‘Shimmer’ from ‘String Theory’ below:

 

Jeff Williams: Autumn tour dates and latest reviews for recent release ‘Outlier’ ft. Josh Arcoleo, Phil Robson, Kit Downes and Sam Lasserson

Drummer Jeff Williams has graced innumerable New York and London stages over the years, making frequent Atlantic crossings between the two cities. With Outlier, his latest solo project, the accomplished band leader and composer collaborates with both seasoned and up-and-coming colleagues from the UK: Josh Arcoleo (tenor saxophone), Phil Robson (guitar), Kit Downes (keys) and Sam Lasserson (basses).

For details of upcoming dates later this autumn with John O’Gallagher, Josh Arcoleo, Kit Downes and Sam Lasserson, click: here

 

Here are the highlights from the latest reviews received for Outlier from the European music press:

“Harmonious interactions between the new and the experienced… An album of remarkable versatility.”
Musik Reviews (website)

“A showcase for William’ skills as a composer and bandleader… An album that delivers new impressions with each listen.”
Hörspiegel (website)

Listen to the title track from Outlier

 

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“The Live Show should be riveting.” Jazz Views on Tori Freestone’s ‘El Barranco’ + ★★★★ review from The Jazz Mann.

“Freestone has established a remarkable mastery over the border territory where composition meets improvisation and her trio’s collective sound is consistently intelligent and increasingly unique.”
★★★★ – The Jazz Mann (full review)

“This music is finely pitched between the accessible and the challenging, as the instinctive empathy between the players allows them to veer in and out of groove and harmony at will… The live show should be riveting.”
Jazz Views (full review)

“Thoughtful writing and arranging, adventurous collective improvising and a well balanced trio sound with some superb interaction between the players.”
★★★★ – The Jazz Mann (full review)

Reaching into the heart of improvised music has become second nature to British tenor saxophonist Tori Freestone and perennial colleagues Dave Manington (double bass) and Tim Giles (drums) on their latest Whirlwind release El Barranco. Following their warmly-received 2014 release In the Chop House and subsequent live appearances, the trio have relished the opportunity to reconvene in the studio to record this collection of intuitive explorations (often first takes) of predominantly original compositions, including a pair of London Jazz Festival commissions.

The challenge of the wide-open chordless format is enthusiastically embraced by this trio, offering an improvisational prospect which constantly evolves, thanks to their innate ability to share ideas and spontaneously flex in new directions. Tori Freestone’s characteristically voluble tenor delivery is a key factor in this artistic process: a continuous channel of flowing, tumbling lines arriving from a seemingly limitless, spring-like source; and the quicksilver responses and diversions of both Manington and Giles are so genuinely realised. All of this combines in creating delightful group unpredictability, via a mutual, carefully crafted musical vocabulary, which happily hovers on the periphery of delineated structure.

Freestone clearly revels in the recording aspect: “Whenever we go back into the studio, it’s so great to have a couple of days enjoying making music together. The more we tour in the UK and internationally the more the new ideas start to flow and develop, taking us up onto another level to where we can’t wait to put this down on a new album.”

The concept of creative spaciality is reflected in the saxophonist’s album title and own sleeve illustrations, referencing the beautiful, mountainous terrain of Tenerife – in particular, El Barranco de Masca – which, for many years, has remained especially close to her heart. Thus, the inspiration for opening title track ‘El Barranco’ arrived almost instantaneously, its airy nonchalance a perfect vehicle for the liquid, intertwined phrasing of tenor and bass, buoyed by an expressive lightness of touch from drummer Tim Giles. The first of two commissions, ‘The Press Gang’ echoes Freestone’s musical roots with a suitably dark interpretation of the gloomy folk-tune tale (later reprised in more traditional guise); and the full-tilt exuberance of contrasting partner piece ‘Identity Protection’ further reveals the trio’s enthusiastic abandon.

Elsewhere, Dave Manington makes two compositional contributions, the thrummed, ‘60s soul bass riff of his ‘Challenger Deep’ setting up a distinctively alternative groove; and ‘Quetz Alcoatlus’ (purportedly the largest prehistoric flying animal that ever lived) becomes increasingly wild, jagged and audaciously airborne. Arthur Attman’s familiar standard, ‘All Or Nothing At All’, is skilfully threaded between the players, Freestone’s mellow tenor fluidity as heartfelt as ever; and the snappy, complex, changeable moods and rhythms of ‘Cross Wired’ speak volumes about a trio whose creative understanding (contrary to its title) is so impressively fine-tuned.

Expounding on their now-established approach, Tori says, “We love that the freedom we enjoy creating in our playing can reach people in so many different ways. At one concert, someone who was new to jazz expressed to me that our music had taken them on a journey they never knew they could experience; so it’s lovely that somehow we have formed a language which, rather than being intellectual or inaccessible, can be both contemporary and relevant – and we really look forward to engaging audiences with the new material on this album.”

 

El Barranco – Album Launch Tour (details)

4 September – Milestones Jazz Club, Lowestoft

8 September – The Vortex, Dalston

27 September – Ashburton Live, Ashburton, Devon

28 September – Dempseys Jazz Club, Cardiff

7 October – The Bebop Club @ The Bear, Hotwell, Bristol

9 October – Marsden Jazz Festival

3 November – Trinity Theatre, Tonbridge

31 Jan 2017 – Oxford Jazz Society

5 Feb 2017 – Colchester Jazz

 

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★★★★ review from BBC Music Magazine for Donna Lewis’ ‘Brand New Day’ plus reviews from Jazzwise Magazine, London Jazz News and live show review.

‘I Love You Always Forever’ was such a huge hit for the multi-platinum artist Donna Lewis; a #1 chart hit / dance-pop classic for which people around the globe still have boundless affection – the 1996 song will always be the one for which many fans know her. But the Welsh native is an artist of many dimension. Produced by her longtime friend and collaborator David Torn, who arranged all the songs, Brand New Day redefines her as an artist while maintaining the wonderful open qualities her fans love. Lewis’ fifth studio recording is an intimate, jazz-inflected covers/original album and explores a much more stripped-down acoustic sound. Lewis has toured often in a duo setting, accompanying herself on piano with a bassist at her side; here, however, she pares down her focus even further by handling only the vocals, leaving all instrumental duties with the capable trio featuring pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King, who are perfectly suited to back Lewis on this project.

Donna recently toured the UK with her British based band (Steve Hamilton-piano, Alex Garnett-saxophone, Michael Janisch-bass and Andrew Bain – drums. This video is from the sound check at The Convent on the opening night which was also streamed live. Scroll down for a photo of the same event.

Here are the highlights from the latest press reviews including a review of the official album launch event at London’s Pizza Express.

“Her vocal style (Lewis’) is lilting and deeply reflective… A refreshing batch of cover versions.”
★ BBC Music Magazine (website)

“A noble attempt at something new.”
Jazzwise Magazine (website)

Live review
London Jazz (Full review)

“An inspired partnership… her (Lewis’) emotive voice with the modern architecture of the jazz piano trio.”
London Jazz (full review)

 

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