Latest Whirlwind News

20th December 2017: Walter Smith III Euro Tour 2018 for ‘Twio’ – dates & guests confirmed

Here are the confirmed dates for the Walter Smith Twio Euro tour coming in FEB 2018 – plus a list of all the special guests joining on selected shows.  Twio drops FEB 9 and you can pre-order now.                        

19th December 2017: “A genre-bending work of uncommon originality.” ★★★★ Jazz Journal – world-wide review round up for Rez Abbasi’s ‘Unfiltered Universe’ ft Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Johannes Weidenmueller, Dan Weiss and guest Elizabeth Mikhael

Completing a trilogy of albums whose compositions are infused with the various, colorful strands of traditional music from his Pakistani/Indian homeland, New York guitarist Rez Abbasi’s Unfiltered Universe presents the line-up of pianist Vijay Iyer, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and drummer Dan Weiss, plus guest appearances from renowned

12th December 2017: Walter Smith III ‘Twio’ now availble for pre-order (Out Feb 9) + two instant gratification tracks + correct pronunciation help…

  PRE ORDER ‘TWIO’ NOW (CLICK HERE) AND RECEIVE 2 INSTANT GRAT TRACKS LEARN HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE ALBUM BELOW  A few days back we announced the release Twio from tenor saxophonist and composer Walter Smith III for February 9 2018 (vinyl release date tbc, check back for more

11th December 2017: “Polished, inventive stuff.” ★★★★ The Evening Standard – Latest press highlights for Oli Rockberger’s Sovereign

Pianist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Oli Rockberger’s fourth studio release, Sovereign takes its title from the viewpoints of transition, growth and independence. These ten, intelligently-crafted songs are grounded in a love of soul, jazz, gospel and R&B. Working closely as a trio with drummer Jordan Perlson and bassist Jordan Scannella, the

8th December 2017: Chicago Reader feature included in recent press highlights for Hayden Prosser’s ‘Tether’ + Finnish dates start tomorrow

The searching, cyclical aura of double bassist and composer Hayden Prosser’s debut acoustic album Tether fascinatingly finds its roots in electronic and process music. Hailing from Somerset, England, and now based in Berlin, Prosser met up with New York pianist Elias Stemeseder – the starting point for this quartet’s sound

8th December 2017: “A really irresistible set.” ★★★★ from All About Jazz as Tony Tixier’s ‘Life of Sensitive Creatures’ ft Karl McComas-Reichl and Tommy Crane releases today

  “Tixier evinces his own musical vocabulary and florid style and in conjunction with his talented sidemen has produced a really irresistible set.” ★★★★ All About Jazz   Order ‘Life of Sensitive Creatures’ CDS and downloads: here   Radiating a venturesome singularity inspired as much by Maurice Ravel and Art Tatum

7th December 2017: “Powerful, atmospheric and full of subtle details.” Euro press round up for Joel Harrison’s ‘The Other River’ + ‘Behind the track’ video

he Other River is a personal and striking collection of original songs written, arranged and sung by veteran US guitarist and singer/songwriter Joel Harrison which reaches out to the heart in candidly dealing with mortality and loss, redemption and forgiveness. Watch the video (left) to hear the story behind the

6th December 2017: Announcing the February 2nd release of ‘VISTA’ by Julian Siegel Quartet ft Liam Noble, Oli Hayhurst and Gene Calderazzo

VISTA Available for Pre-Order: here   Some nine years since saxophonist Julian Siegel began collectively bouncing ideas off pianist Liam Noble, double bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo, the Julian Siegel Quartet release another absorbing and intrinsically crackling set of mostly original compositions in Vista. 2011’s Urban Theme Park

4th December 2017: Walter Smith III to release ‘Twio’ featuring Harish Raghavan & Eric Harland Feb 9 2018 with guests Joshua Redman & Christian McBride + FEB Euro Launch Tour

  With great pleasure we announce the release Twio from tenor saxophonist and composer Walter Smith III for February 9 2018 (vinyl release date tbc, check back for more info). The album features longstanding musical partners Harish Raghavan on double bass and Eric Harland on drums, with guests Joshua Redman

28th November 2017: Cloudmakers Five to release debut album ‘Traveling Pulse’ Feb 23rd with Euro tour in England, Scotland, Norway and Ireland

Announcing the debut release from Cloudmakers Five – Traveling Pulse – for February 23rd, 2018   Under the leadership of vibraphonist Jim Hart, Cloudmakers Five is the new band grown from his long-standing Cloudmakers Trio with Michael Janisch and David Smith, now augmented with Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler and French-based alto