New album trailer for Oli Rockberger’s ‘Sovereign’ – now available for Pre-Order (Out OCT 20) + Links for launch concerts @ Pizza Express Holborn

Check the new album trailer for Oli Rockberger’s forthcoming release Sovereign which drops on OCT 20 – AND – you can now pre-order the album and get 2 instant gratification tracks.  Click here for more info.

Also – Oli will be touring to support the release in OCT – here’s a link for tickets to his launch concerts at Pizza Express Holborn on OCT 19/20.

 

DownBeat Magazine features NYSQ and latest release ‘Sleight of Hand’

The new release from NYSQ Sleight of Hand builds on their catalog of five previous album recordings (most recently, The New Straight Ahead and Power of 10, on Whirlwind).

Tim Armacost – saxophone

David Berkman – piano

Gene Jackson – drums

Daiki Yasukagawa – double bass

 

 

“NYSQ creates a dialogue with tradition through their inquisitive and inventive interpretations of standard tunes.”
Era Jazzu (full review)

DownBeat Magazine feature (September Edition) website

‘Ask, Seek, Knock’ by Samuel Eagles’ SPIRIT ★★★★ review from The Jazz Mann + London Jazz feature interview

Increasingly incandescent across the London jazz, funk and world music scenes, alto saxophonist and composer Samuel Eagles’ SPIRIT (saxophonist Duncan Eagles, pianist Sam Leak, vibraphonist Ralph Wyld, double bassist Max Luthert and drummer Dave Hamblett) present their debut Whirlwind release  Ask, Seek, Knock.

 

 

 

 

Latest press highlights:

“A collection of pieces that are richly inventive in terms of colour, texture, harmony and rhythm. But alongside the complexity there is also a strong melodic sense… All of the album personnel play superbly and engineer Tyler McDiarmid’s mix (working in conjunction with producer Eagles) captures every nuance and subtlety of the music with pinpoint precision.
★★★★ The Jazz Mann (review)

London Jazz Feature: here

★★★★ from All About Jazz amongst latest reviews from Jazzwise Magazine, Jazz Views, Bebop Spoken Here, Step Tempest and Stereo Gum for ‘Quinsin Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio’

An album which blends through-composition and improvisation, each piece having its own plot and internal logic.

Quinsin Nachoff – saxophone

Mark Helias double bass

Dan Weiss  – drums

Quinsin Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio

 

 

Press highlights for Quinsin Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio:

“Improvisational masterworks… Impeccable but not pristine… Highly recommended.”
★★★★ All About Jazz (full review)

“The instrumental mastery of all three players is beyond doubt.”
Jazzwise Magazine (website)

“Divine orchestrations further enhanced by a sparkling energy… An exciting project.”
Radio REC (FR)

“This recording stands out from a crowded field by virtue of the exceptional skill of the players… Ambitious but rewarding music.”
Jazz Views (full review)

“A ​perfect balance between Nachoff’s wistful tenor and Mark Helias’ rich, resonant pizzicato bass, adorned by Dan Weiss’ unobtrusive yet apposite drumming.​”
★★★★​ ​All About Jazz​ (full review)

​”The interplay​ – ​sometimes solo, other times in duo—is simply astonishing.​”​
Art Music Lounge (full review)

“Magic – Give it a listen.”
Bebop Spoken Here (full review)​

“You really get to know what these guys are about straight out of the gate, as the album-opening “Clairvoyant Jest” struts and capers, stops and starts so everybody gets a moment (or three or four) in the spotlight, and generally lets you know that for the next 43 minutes, attention must be paid.”
Stereo Gum (full review

“A joy to listen to.”
Step Tempest (blog) (full review)

“Their notes melt together, like a constellation of beauty.”
Musical Memoirs (blog) (full review)

 

 

 

“Freestone’s improvisations are a real treat.” Read press highlight from Europe for ‘El Barranco’

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.

Latest press highlights from the European music press:

“Freestone’s improvisations are a real treat and the album is a true pleasure for the listener.”
Hörspiegel

“El Barranco” is an authentic recording, jazz, with charm and a wonderful tenor saxophone sound.”
Melodiva

“A blend of jazz and folk with much improvisational freedom.”
Musik Reviews

“A powerful set of immaculate performances.” Latest press highlights for Kenny Warren’s ‘Thank You For Coming To Life’

Thank You for Coming to Life

Kenny Warren – trumpet, compositions

 JP Schlegelmilch – piano

Noah Garabedian – bass

Satoshi Takeishi – drums

 

 

 

Latest press highlights:

“Every thing about this music is real, honest, and enjoyable.​”
Step Tempest (full review)

“​This is a powerful set of immaculate performances displaying real integrity, good humour and muscular imagination​.”
Jazz Views (full review)

 

Mike Gibbs Big Band – 80th Birthday Celebration English Tour – Sept 24 – 29

We’re happy to share the news that revered composer, conductor, producer and arranger Mike Gibbs is set to celebrate his 80th birthday with a number of celebrations in Europe, UK and the USA and we’re producing his 6-date English tour with full big band and  live video recording planned for September 29th in Southampton. During his career spanning more than four decades Gibbs’ work has included projects with Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston, John Schofield and Peter Gabriel.  Click here to learn more about Mike’s release on Whirlwind from a few years back.

 

CONFIRMED LINE UP

Trumpets: Ryan Quigley, Henry Lowther, Percy Pursglove, Nick Smart

Trombones: Mark Bassey, Jeremy Price, Rory Ingham, Richard Henry (bass trombone)

Saxophones: Jason Yarde (alto/soprano), John O’Gallagher (alto), Julian Siegel (tenor/bass clarinet), Alex Garnett (tenor/baritone)

French horn & accordion: Jim Rattigan

Guitar: Mike Walker

Bass: Michael Janisch

Piano: Hans Koller

Drums: Andrew Bain

 

CONCERT DATES

24 Sep –  Scarborough Jazz Festival
25 Sep –  Vortex London
26 Sep –  Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking
27 Sep –  Vortex, London
28 Sep –  CBSO Centre, Birmingham
29 Sep –  Turner Sims Concert Hall, S’hampton

 

★★★★★ from In Musik amongst the latest reviews for Henry’ Spencer’s ‘The Reasons Don’t Change’ follow up

The Reasons Don’t Change  the debut album from up-and-coming trumpet player and composer Henry Spencer.

Henry Spencer – trumpet

Nick Costley-White – guitar

Matt Robinson – piano, keyboards

Andrew Robb – double bass

David Ingamells – drums

 

“His [Spencer’s] great talent lies in his emotive, fluid and poetic sonority.”
★★★★★ In Musik (DE)

“Dense music, full of energy, elaborate and technically proficient still leaves beautiful spaces for expression from the soloists… A musician to discover!”
Culture Jazz (FR) (full review)

“Up and coming talent Henry Spencer displays considerable technical prowess.”
Concerto Magazine (website)

 “Fresh, joyful and simply beautiful… promises to become one of the highlights of the genre this year.”
Musik an Sich (website)

“A blend of masterful lyrical tones and contrasting textures and styles.”
Jazz Thing (website)

“Wildly moving pieces tinged with melancholy… an impressive statement and one for the top ten of 2017
Musik Reviews (DE) (website)

“The compositions are compelling… a thoroughly recommended album.”
Hi-Fi Forum

“Full of rich sound, technical skill and energy”
Jazz Zeitung (DE) (website)

Spencer balances contemporary, improvisational jazz sounds with comprehensible melody… an authentic and emotive album.”
Soultrain Online (DE) (website)

“Solid, yet dreamy and tinged with melancholy.”
Westzeit (DE) (website)

“Dynamic, energetic and original compositions.”
Radio Dreyeckland (website)

Review round up for Partikel’s Counteraction includes ★★★★★ from Jazzthetik, ★★★★1/2 from The Jazz Mann and ★★★★ from The Guardian, All About Jazz and Kind of Jazz

Partikel

Duncan Eagles – saxophones

Max Luthert – double bass

Eric Ford – drums and percussion

More info on Counteraction

Previous releases:

String Theory

Cohesion

 

Latest press highlights for Counteraction:

“A continuous flow of musical narrative… Incorporating elements of jazz, prog rock and chamber music… Constantly refreshing and extremely enriching.”
★★★★★ Jazzthetik (website)

“Richly textured and contrapuntal arrangements enhanced by the imaginative choice of instrumentation.​”
★★★★​ ​All About Jazz (full review)

“Free thinking, cinematic and orchestral stories… Full of tension, challenges and artistic integrity.”
Jazz Zeitung (website)

“Electronic elements yet organic development… The trio toys with the unexpected.”
Musik Reviews (website)

 “​Supple trio finds new warmth and appeal​.”
★★★★​ The Guardian (full review)

“An album that’s rich in ideas, atmosphere and textures. It will reward broad minds.”
Prog Magazine (website)

★★★★1/2 ‘Partikel
The Jazz Mann Live Review

“There’s a beautiful touch of blues and folk inspiration.”
★★★★ Kind Of Jazz (full review)

“A strong, cohesive band sound that fuses jazz with classical and electronic elements in an organic-homogeneous manner.”
Radio Dreyeckland (website)

 

 

Joel Harrison’s striking collection of original songs ‘The Other River’ released today

 

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“Mature, expressively executed songs blend together blues, jazz and country.”
Jazzwise Magazine

“A magnificent album… A fusion of jazz, folk and blues influences and an intense and emotional vocal delivery.”
Radio REC (FR)

 

The Other River is a personal and striking collection of original songs written, arranged and sung by veteran US guitarist and singer/songwriter Joel Harrison, and follows his acclaimed quintet release on Whirlwind – Spirit House. Whilst it bears some of Harrison’s trademark compositional moves, this latest album – his eighteenth – may come as something of a surprise to his many, established jazz followers. The project’s focus is very much its lyrical, unfettered storytelling conveyed through stripped-down music – unabashed Americana modelled on the work of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, and Robert Hunter – which reaches out to the heart in candidly dealing with mortality and loss, redemption and forgiveness.

“I came to this music because I had to”, says Harrison. “There were things I was going through that made me yearn for a new level of honesty and bare-bones truth-telling. Words seemed to be the way forward. Instrumental music couldn’t pierce these regions in the same way”. In fact, Harrison grew up with as much interest in writing songs as in exploring jazz. Since the age of sixteen, he’s written scores of songs, mostly unrecorded. Some appeared on 2007’s ‘Passing Train’ and 2005’s ‘So Long Second Street’, and his voice has been a part of several other of his jazz records, including ‘Free Country’ and ‘Harrison on Harrison’.

Joel Harrison’s core ensemble all share a love of jazz, country, R&B and gospel, which can be heard in the stylistic multiplicity of their approach to these eleven numbers. Pianist and keyboardist Glenn Patscha has added his master’s touch to the music of Roseanne Cash and Marc Cohen, and along with bassist Byron Isaacs was a founding member of seminal folk/gospel group Olabelle. Both Patscha and Isaacs also spent time with Levon Helm, whilst drummer Jordan Perlson (an ally from earlier jazz recordings) plays with many songwriters, including Kaki King and Becca Stevens. And Harrison also welcomes a handful of guests including previous collaborators Cuong Vu (trumpet) and Anupam Shobhakar (sarode), plus the vocal empathy of Fiona McBain.

The results are, by turns, gorgeous (‘All My Beautiful Enemies’), stark (‘Bus to Brighton’), psychedelic and bluesy (‘The Other River’), buoyant and funny (‘Chelsea Hotel’), moody and surreal (‘Made It Out Alive’). And in describing the flat-out heartbreak of ‘Yellow Socks’, Harrison reveals, “This is adult music befitting my age. It’s an unflinching description of standing by my father’s bedside as he lay dying. It may be painful to listen to, but I’m thirsty for this kind of intimacy in art”.

Lovingly-sculpted guitar parts, insightful lyrics, layered and nuanced keyboard motifs, world percussion and righteous background harmonies all contribute to The Other River – a recording which, through its sensitive musicality and poignant vocal expression, is poised to touch many listeners. Harrison concludes: “I just love great music, regardless of style, and am always striving for something new. To work with language in the context of a simple song is as great a challenge as any I’ve faced as a composer.”