Whirlwind Recordings http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:38:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 4 star review from Marlbank for Ant Law’s upcoming ‘Zero Sum World’ plus tour dates.http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/4-star-review-from-marlbank-for-ant-laws-upcoming-zero-sum-world-plus-tour-dates/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/4-star-review-from-marlbank-for-ant-laws-upcoming-zero-sum-world-plus-tour-dates/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:00:47 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=15097 Read More]]>

Zero Sum World
is the second solo release from guitarist and composer Ant Law and launches in February of this year.
The music was recorded immediately after an extensive 29 date UK tour and a brief sojourn to Brazil where Law finished the writing in two parts. His band features Ivo Neame (piano), James Maddren (drums), Michael Chillingworth (​multiple reeds​) and Tom Farmer (bass).


We’ve just received this 4 star review from Marlbank:

“Law surfaced first in 2013 with Entanglement, an album that certainly made scene-watchers at the time sit up and take note of the hitherto little known guitarist. Zero Sum World is even more accomplished, particularly in the writing department. 2015 augurs well if the imaginative essentially acoustic jazz sounds found here are at all representative of what’s in store.”
4 Stars, Marlbank​ (Read full review)

The Zero Sum World tour starts in February and is at Pizza Express Soho on 16th and 17th Feb. Tour Dates

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Two great reviews in for Alex Garnett’s Bunch of 5’s upcoming release ‘Andromeda’ including 4 stars from Marlbank plus track from the album.http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/two-great-reviews-in-for-alex-garnetts-bunch-of-5s-upcoming-release-andromeda-including-4-stars-from-marlbank-plus-track-from-the-album/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/two-great-reviews-in-for-alex-garnetts-bunch-of-5s-upcoming-release-andromeda-including-4-stars-from-marlbank-plus-track-from-the-album/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:00:16 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=15049 Read More]]> a1860697519_10



Alex Garnett will be releasing his second album as a leader, Andromeda, with his new band ‘Bunch of Five’ on January 26 2015.  The group features long time musical associate and fellow tenor saxophonist Tim Armacost, pianist Liam Noble, bassist Michael Janisch and drummer James Maddren.



Here are two early reviews in for Andromeda:

“The writing throughout (mostly Garnett’s) is very convincing… Garnett and Tim Armacost bounding around like labradors.”
4 Stars, Marlbank (Full Review)

“The two tenor front line has long been a classic combo format – Think Sonny Stiit/Gene Ammons; Teddy Edwards/Dexter Gordon; Gordon/Wardell Gray; Zoot Sims/Al Cohn; Lockjaw Davis/Johnny Griffin and, of course, the Jazz Couriers in the form of Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes. However, comparisons are odious or, in this case, melodious, and this quintet can stand up and be counted alongside any of their predecessors.”
Bebop Spoken Here (Full Review)

Have a listen to ‘Her Tears’ from the album here:

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Marlbank reviews Zhenya Strigalev’s Smiling Organizm’s ‘Robin Goodie’http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/marlbank-reviews-zhenya-strigalevs-smiling-organizms-robin-goodie/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/marlbank-reviews-zhenya-strigalevs-smiling-organizms-robin-goodie/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:00:21 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=15034 Read More]]> zhenya

Russian alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev returns with his acclaimed fusion-edged six-piece Smiling Organizm and their second album, Robin Goodie (click here), his second release for Whirlwind Recordings to be released next month on Feb 2. Following their much-praised debut – described as having “all the knife-edge momentum and skilled improvisatory abandon of its leader” by Jazzwise Magazine and “a real sense of a band in the making” by the Financial Times – Strigalev’s band includes Blue Note-signed trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, double bassist Larry Grenadier (known for his work with Brad Mehldau and Pat Metheny), electric bassist Tim Lefebvre (sideman to Wayne Krantz and Michael Wollny), pianist Taylor Eigsti (whose many credits include Joshua Redman and Christian McBride) and high-profile drummer Eric Harland (whose recent work includes being a member of bassist Dave Holland’s band Prism, as well as work with Charles Lloyd and McCoy Tyner).


We’ve started getting some great press in for the album and the first review so far is from Marlbank, the highlight below:

“An album that has its rollercoaster qualities but surprising amounts of tenderness stitched in there too, Strigalev on a roll.”
Marlbank (Read full review)

Find details for Zhenya Strigalev’s Smiling Organizm’s Robin Goodie European tour here: Tour Dates

And listen to the title track from the album below:

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Jochen Rueckert’s ‘We Make The Rules’ featured in November issue of Jazzthetikhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/jochen-rueckerts-we-make-the-rules-featured-in-november-issue-of-jazzthetik/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/jochen-rueckerts-we-make-the-rules-featured-in-november-issue-of-jazzthetik/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:02:13 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=14977 Read More]]>

We Make The Rules is the debut Whirlwind release from the multifaceted drummer & composer Jochen Rueckert, a German native who’s been based in NYC since 1995, where he’s become one of the preeminent artists of his generation known for his work with Marc Copland, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nils Wogram’s Root 70, Sam Yahel, Will Vinson and Seamus Blake.

The album features Reuckert’s quartet, a stellar cast of players which has been together since 2009, featuring long standing musical cohorts Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Lage Lund on guitar and Matt Penman on double bass; all three guiding lights of their generation.


Here’s a highlight from the recent feature in German Magazine Jazzthetik:

“Possibly only someone like Billy Hart can succeed at channeling the enormous force of such a band as discreetly and effectively as Rueckert. In this setting of unlimited freedom of movement and empathy, Mark Turner’ s shimmering sound, weaved into a spiderweb of Lund’s lines, even works a tad better. In between, Rueckert stays constant: a magician of moods, whose rules should absolutely be common knowledge.”

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Zhenya Strigalev ‘Robin Goodie’ Album trailer video, ft Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, Tim Lefebvre, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harlandhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/zhenya-strigalev-robin-goodie-album-trailer-video-ft-ambrose-akinmusire-taylor-eigsti-tim-lefebvre-larry-grenadier-eric-harland/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/zhenya-strigalev-robin-goodie-album-trailer-video-ft-ambrose-akinmusire-taylor-eigsti-tim-lefebvre-larry-grenadier-eric-harland/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:35:49 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=15199  


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Here’s the new album trailer for our upcoming Feb 2 release from Zhenya Strigalev, Robin Goodie ….


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More reviews for Andy Milne & Dapp Theory – ‘Forward In All Directions’ from Jazz Thing, Westzeit, Jazz Podium and more…http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/more-reviews-for-andy-milne-dapp-theory-forward-in-all-directions-from-jazz-thing-westzeit-jazz-podium-and-more/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/more-reviews-for-andy-milne-dapp-theory-forward-in-all-directions-from-jazz-thing-westzeit-jazz-podium-and-more/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:30:21 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=14970 Read More]]> andy


Forward In All Directions is the new album from Andy Milne & Dapp Theory.
The title and the music reflect Milne’s diverse artistic vision.

The album chronicles the journey Dapp Theory has taken in its 15 years.
“It’s a milestone, a celebration, and a reflection of the changing times for artists. My life as an artist, entrepreneur, and educator requires me to move in all directions at all times and I derive joy in meeting this challenge.”
Andy Milne



We bring you highlights from the latest reviews from across Europe:

“A work that places traditional jazz virtues next to a modern focus… dreamlike, space-creating interaction.”
Sol (DE) (Read Review)

“With illustrious guests as Ben Monder and Gretchen Parlato [Andy Milne’s] album features intricate jazz with rock, funk and Spoken Word Poetry to thrilling sound patterns that recall many a time spent in Steve Coleman’s sound world.”
Zeitungshaus Bauer

“Andy Milne state the intentions of his new album perfectly with the title ‘Forward In All Directions’.”
Saarbrücker-Zeitung (Read Review)

“His apprenticeship with Steve Coleman shimmers and is also heard in his openness to diverse styles from classic modern jazz to hip-hop to even distant folklore and rock. The ten compositions are like chapters in a book, logically sequential, multi-dimensional, deep in focus with sensual intensity. The vocal texts increase the urgency of the auditory image and recalls today’s urban metropolises. This is music of great relevance with guitarist Ben Monder and vocalists Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato as guests.”
Jazz Thing (Read Review)

“timeless… elegant melodies…”
Westzeit (Read Review)

“Andy Milne plays voltage-rich piano playing and sometimes ecstatic improvisation spirals… Milne’s compositions feature lively dynamic changes.”
Jazz Podium (Read Review)

Watch the promo video for the album here:

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Partisans make ‘Top 10 Albums of the Year list’ in both MOJO and Jazzwise Magazine plus ‘Swamp’ played by Jamie Cullum on his Radio 2 show.http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/partisans-make-top-10-albums-of-the-year-list-in-both-mojo-and-jazzwise-magazine-plus-swamp-played-by-jamie-cullum-on-his-radio-2-show/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/partisans-make-top-10-albums-of-the-year-list-in-both-mojo-and-jazzwise-magazine-plus-swamp-played-by-jamie-cullum-on-his-radio-2-show/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:00:52 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=14979 Read More]]> swamp

Partisans have, since their formation in 1996, been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously energetic performances of tightly knit themes and the great freedom coming from their years of playing together. They’ve been credited with bridging the gap between New York swing, European improv and UK jam, where the combination of each member’s influences feeds a genuine creative spark generating excitement and energy.  Co-led by two of the pre-eminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson (guitars) and Julian Siegel (tenor sax & bass clarinet), the quartet line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).



Swamp has made the ‘top ten jazz album list’ for both MOJO and Jazzwise Magazine and received airplay on Jamie Cullum’s Radio 2 show.

“Partisans have been making great albums for years and this one is no exception.”
BBC Radio 2 Jamie Cullum Show (Listen Here)

“Eighteen years on from their debut, this melange of mischievous stylistic mash-up and virtuosic synergy doesn’t get old. If anything Juian Siegel, Phil Robson, Thaddeus Kelly & Gene Calderazzo are reaching new heights.”
4 Stars, MOJO Magazine

Listen to ‘Flip The Sneck’ from Swamp below:

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Paul Jackson Trio with features for ‘Groove or Die’ from Jazzwise Magazine, Jazz Podium, Soul Train, Jazzthetik and more…http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/paul-jackson-trio-with-features-for-groove-or-die-from-jazzwise-magazine-jazz-podium-soul-train-jazzthetik-and-more/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/paul-jackson-trio-with-features-for-groove-or-die-from-jazzwise-magazine-jazz-podium-soul-train-jazzthetik-and-more/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:29:09 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=14973 Read More]]>


Bassist, vocalist, composer-arranger, producer and educator Paul Jackson is known as a “Musician’s Musician.” A founding member of Herbie Hancock’s The Headhunters, Paul’s creative output has shaped a new direction in contemporary music. He is one of the world’s most important and influential electric bassists – certainly one of the most studied and copied – and generations of bass players around the globe have been inspired by his signature infectious grooves.


Read some of the highlights from the latest round of reviews for Groove or Die:

“Highly recommended.”
Funk Blog (Netherlands) (Read )

“Jackson is forever a hero… few bass men have dug that jazz funk groove so deep.”
Jazzwise Magazine (Read)

Radio Okerwelle CD of the Week (Read)

“Black music entertainment at its finest!… a very unique sound.”
Soul Train Online (Read Review)

“What a title- what a life moto! Jackson’s manifesto underpins the album with an irresistible groove that is built from the compact trio playing.”
Tongebiet (Read Review)

“The sounds are soul; it’s groove at its best”.

“The founding member of the legendary Headhunters presents his new trio with a loads of soul, funy, groove, and jazz virtuosity.”
Medien-Info (Read Review)

“When I received my disc I thought the title looked a little threatening. I thought, ‘Will it groove me?’ The pillar of ‘The Headhunters’ succeeded… very funky, with a trace of gospel.”
Musik an Sich (Read)

“We had William Shakespeare’s dictum “To be or not to be” (from “Hamlet”); from then the bebop master Dizzy Gillespie gave us “To Be or Not to Bop.” And now from the Paul Jackson Trio it is “Groove or Die.”
Jazz Podium (Read)

“The massive, funky bass meets spacey synth-sounds and a stoic acting percussion; soulful, funky and flashy… excellent.”
Jazz Thing (Read Review)

“Virtuoso bass lines and intricate grooves.”
Jazzthetik (Read)

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Max Luthert continues ‘Orbital’ UK tour 18th January, preview in Jazzwise Magazinehttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/max-lutherts-continues-orbital-uk-tour-18th-january/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/max-lutherts-continues-orbital-uk-tour-18th-january/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:43:39 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=15176 Read More]]>

Orbital is the debut album from double bassist and composer Max Luthert, a London-based musician currently known for his work as a sideman in the bands of recent MOBO Jazz Act winner Zara McFarlane, Whirlwind-signed Partikel and Benet McLean. His debut was launched in October and features long-standing musical collaborators in fellow Partikel leader Duncan Eagles (tenor saxophone), Gareth Lockrane (flute), Dave Hamblett (drums), Matt Robinson (piano) and Séb Pipe (alto saxophone).

Max is about to hit the road for another leg of his ongoing ‘Orbital Tour’ check the flyer below and for full details of all tour dates (including booking links) visit our Events page by clicking here where you’ll also find dozens of other Whirlwind artist concerts.  Here’s a nice preview from Jazzwise Magazine.


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Big News: Announcing the release of ‘Zero Sum World’ by Ant Law, February 16, 2015 + UK Tourhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/big-news-announcing-the-release-of-zero-sum-world-by-ant-law-february-16-2015-uk-tour/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/big-news-announcing-the-release-of-zero-sum-world-by-ant-law-february-16-2015-uk-tour/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:13:19 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=15168 Read More]]> Ant Law FB


Zero Sum World is the second solo release from guitarist and composer Ant Law and his first for Whirlwind Recordings. A resident in London since 2008, Law regularly performs with Tim Garland, Jason Rebello, Mica Paris, Gwilym Simcock, Leon Ware, Asaf Sirkis, Koby Israelite, Camille O’ Sullivan and is known as a pioneer in the ’Perfect Fourths’ tuning system for guitarists. He is a published author on the subject and his book 3rd Millenium Guitar is currently available from Mel Bay.

The music on his new release was recorded immediately after an extensive 29 date UK tour and a brief sojourn to Brazil where Law finished the writing in two parts. After returning to the UK he received support from the Jazz Services touring scheme and embarked on yet another large tour (this time 27-dates) around the UK and went straight into the studio​ to record​. His band features four guiding lights in British contemporary music: Ivo Neame (piano), James Maddren (drums), Michael Chillingworth (​multiple reeds​) and Tom Farmer (bass). Each musician turns out stellar performances on the record and are given ample room within Law’s compositions to shine.

​​Zero Sum World ​showcases an ​eclectic mish-mash of influences from musics around the world, but it’s Law’s thematic writing and playing that binds its eleven tracks together into one uniform statement. No doubt the amount of touring the band has done over the last two years comes into play in the overall presentation and tightness of Ant’s often tricky and rhythmically shifting compositions. Both Neame and Chillingworth improvise with aplomb while Maddren’s considered touch flows like water through even the most complicated corners of Law’s tunes.

The title comes from the “Zero Sum Game” in mathematics (Law himself was a scholar in Physics at Edinburgh University): when the total number of points belonging to the winner added to that of the loser equals zero. As such in a zero sum world no one can profit without someone else’s loss. The first track on the album shares this title and is followed by “Waltz” which explores more joyful territory. “Mishra Jathi” is a South-Indian rhythm etude given a western feel while two of the pieces “Leafcutter” and “Symbiosis 14:21:34” were compositionally derived from multiple rhythms coexisting, as with symbiosis in biology. The longest piece “Monument” is Law’s tribute to the world renown guitarist Ben Monder with whom he has studied. “Triviophobia” is about taking things too seriously, in particular the arts, and especially music. The album closes out with a contemporary blues and some alternate tuning by Farmer (who turns out some spectacular bass work on the album). Every track features Law’s guitar tuned in perfect 4ths which lends itself to unique harmony.

Check out Ant’s upcoming UK tour below:

Ant Law  

15/02/15BristolHen and ChickenUK
Time: 8:15pm. Admission: £14/ 12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 210 North Street, Southville. Venue phone: 0117 966 3143.‘Zero Sum World’ Album Launch
16/02/15LondonPizza Express Jazz ClubUK
Time: 8:15pm. Admission: 17.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Dean Street, London W1V 5RL. Venue phone: 0845 6027017.‘Zero Sum World’ Album Launch

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17/02/15LondonPizza Express Jazz ClubUK
Time: 8:15pm. Admission: 17.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Dean Street, London W1V 5RL. Venue phone: 0845 6027017.‘Zero Sum World’ Album Launch

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18/02/15Cardiff, WalesDempsey’sUK
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: £7. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 15 Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BS. Venue phone: 029 2023 9253.‘Zero Sum World’ Album Launch
01/05/15Stoke-by-Nayland HotelFleece JazzUK
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex CO6 4PZ. Venue phone: 01206 262836.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour
08/05/15Bungay, SuffolkFisher Theatre (The)UK
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £12/ 15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Broad Street. Venue phone: 01896 897130.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour

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11/05/15KenilworthKenilworth Rugby ClubUK
Time: 7:45pm. Admission: £6. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Glasshouse Lane. Venue phone: 01926 853945.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour

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15/05/15BirminghamRed LionUK
Time: 7:45pm. Admission: £12/ 10/ 5. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Warstone Lane. Venue phone: 0121 2339144.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour

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20/05/15HexhamQueen’s Hall Art CentreUK
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Beaumont Street. Venue phone: 01434 652477.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour

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21/05/15NottinghamshireBonington TheatreUK
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £12/ 10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 0115 956 0733. Address: Arnold Leisure Centre, High St, Arnold, Nottinghamshire. Venue phone: 0115 967 0114.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour

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22/05/15LiverpoolCapstone TheatreUK
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10/ 8. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 17 Shaw Street. Venue phone: 0151 291 3578.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour

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23/05/15Ambleside, CumbriaZeffirellisUK
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Compston Road. Venue phone: 015394 33845.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour

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24/05/15Southport, MerseysideRoyal Clifton Hotel (The)UK
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 01704 541790. Address: The Promenade. Venue phone: 01704 533771.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour
28/05/15LondonMau Mau BarUK
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £5. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 265 Portobello Road. Venue phone: 0207 7229 8528.‘Zero Sum World’ Tour

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