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21st July 2016: Ivo Neame to tour UK this autumn with quintet ft.Tori Freestone, Jim Hart, Huw Williams and Dave Hamblett.

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 Ivo Neame originals gyrates energetically with complex written grooves and varying instrumental colors to spark opportunities for venturous, improvised blowing.  A player whose

20th July 2016: “A sublime listening experience.” More reviews for Sam Crockatt’s Mells Bells ft’ Kit Downes, Oli Hayhurst and James Maddren.

British tenorist Sam Crockatt brings the energy and immediacy of his quartet to Whirlwind on Mells Bells, an album of eight original compositions from the leader. Crockatt (a member of London-based Loop Collective) collaborates with many of today’s increasingly successful contemporary jazz and improvisational artists, particularly revelling in the focus

19th July 2016: “Just damn fine music.” ★★★★ from Jazzwise Magazine for Preston – Glasgowe – Lowe debut album

Preston Glasgow Lowe is the eponymous debut album from London-based trio David Preston (guitar), Kevin Glasgow (six-string electric bass) and Laurie Lowe (drums). The sheer, virtuosic rapidity of the playing found within these 65 minutes is striking – from the tumultuous, firecracker synchronicity of ‘C:\>PU’ and ‘Colour Possesses’ to the melodic

15th July 2016: Release day: Tori Freestone Trio and ‘El Barranco’ ft Dave Manington and Tim Giles + ★★★★ review from All About Jazz and The Guardian.

  Click here for a CD, digital albums, ALAC, FLAC, MP3s and more    A formidable improvisers’ showcase of reflectiveness and fierce intensity.” ★★★★ The Guardian (full review) “The three musicians gel together perfectly, exuding skill and harmony within an all-too-rarely heard chordless formation.” ★★★★ All About Jazz (full review)   2016

14th July 2016: Ant Law’s Vortex Show reviewed plus live performance videos released.

Zero Sum World  is the second solo release from guitarist and composer Ant Law and his first for Whirlwind Recordings. The album features four guiding lights in British contemporary music: Ivo Neame (piano), James Maddren (drums), Michael Chillingworth (multiple reeds) and Tom Farmer (bass). Zero Sum World showcases an eclectic mish-mash

12th July 2016: “A disc filled with robust, daring, colourful music.” The Ottawa Citizen on Pete McCann’s ‘Range’.

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

11th July 2016: “Appealing freshness through harmonic, rhythmic and melodic makeovers.” Reviews from Canada and Japan for New York Standards Quartet and ‘Power of 10’.

NYSQ’s latest recording, Power of 10 is their second release for Whirlwind and a tribute to their ten years of performing together. Comprising David Berkman (piano), Tim Armacost (sax), Gene Jackson (drums) and Michael Janisch (bass), the hallmark of the group’s playing is an easy rapport with one another developed through ten

8th July 2016: ★★★★½ from The Jazz Mann and ★★★★ from All About Jazz among first reviews for Jason Palmer & Cedric Hanriot’s ‘City of Poets’ ft. Donny McCaslin, Michael Janisch and Clarence Penn

American trumpeter Jason Palmer and French pianist/composer Cédric Hanriot’s improvisational concept City Of Poets – centers around Olivier Messiaen’s 7 Modes of Limited Transportation and US author Dan Simmons’ acclaimed, four-novel science fiction series Hyperion Cantos. The recording, captured before a receptive, live audience at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club,

7th July 2016: Jeff Williams plays Smalls Jazz Club NYC on July 28th plus latest reviews for ‘Outlier’ including ★★★★ from Jazz Journal

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 presents an engaging album of originals. On July 28th, Jeff is at Smalls Jazz Club, New York,

6th July 2016: Tori Freestone to perform with Hermeto Pascoal at The Barbican 9th July + hear Tori interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz Now’

Tori Freestone is to perform with Hermeto Pascoal as part of a specially assembled all-star British big band. Bringing together successive generations from the UK’s Jazz scene, the ensemble will augment his free-wheeling touring band on July 9th at The Barbican Centre. A towering figure in Brazilian music, this show is