Whirlwind Recordings http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:57:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 More estactic reviews for Alice Zawadzki’s ‘China Lane’ from The Guardian, Independent Radar, Jazzwise Magazine, The Jazz Mann + London Jazz interview & sold out launch concerts this weekhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/more-estactic-reviews-for-alice-zawadzkis-china-lane-from-the-guardian-independant-radar-jazzwise-magazine-the-jazz-mann-london-jazz-interview-sold-out-launch-concerts-this-week/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/more-estactic-reviews-for-alice-zawadzkis-china-lane-from-the-guardian-independant-radar-jazzwise-magazine-the-jazz-mann-london-jazz-interview-sold-out-launch-concerts-this-week/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:10:09 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13384 Read More]]> Alice A2 Poster copyAlice Zawadzki continues to receive rave reviews for her debut album China Lane in the press ahead of her launch shows at the Pizza Express — see the poster left (a few tickets will be made available on the door the night of the 16th but the 15th is sold out.)  Here are some of the highlights:

“A genuine original.”
4 Stars, The Guardian

“This debut album from singer-songwriter, violinist and pianist Alice Zawadzki is a many-splendoured collection that pulls you in a myriad of emotional directions. It would be difficult to imagine a finer introduction to Zawadzki’s music.”
4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine

“China Lane confirms Zawadzki’s status as a major vocal, instrumental and song-writing talent.”
4 Stars, The Jazz Mann

“Beguiling, unorthodox tunes and pure vocals.”
Highlight of the Week, Independent Radar

Time Out London


Also check out a great interview Alice did for London Jazz. 

See you at the launch shows where all ticket buyers will receive a free download card that features a big sampling of music from our catalog.

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Review from The Jazz Breakfast for Bobby Avey’s ‘Authority Melts from Me’http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/review-from-the-jazz-breakfast-for-bobby-aveys-authority-melts-from-me-2/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/review-from-the-jazz-breakfast-for-bobby-aveys-authority-melts-from-me-2/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:47:13 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13376 Read More]]> Authority-Melts-from-MeIn today we have a review from The Jazz Breakfast for Bobby Avey’s recent release Authority Melts from Me. The album has already gained 4.5 stars from Downbeat and 4 stars from the Irish Times and has received rave reviews including one from Something Else Reviews who say that “you can’t help but wonder where the last hour went. As you restart the recording, you realize that you just don’t care. Some masterful ensemble work.”avey-articleInline

The Jazz Breakfast states “It’s a thrilling ride from the off” and that “all the music is subtly linked and feels very much of a piece, with the emotional depth and intensity flowing, ebbing, and then flowing ever stronger”. The review rounds up by announcing “he certainly sounds like he has made a valuable contribution with this album.”

To purchase please check out the album page and featured below we have the promo video that accompanies the release. Enjoy!

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RELEASE DAY for Marko Churnchetz’s ‘Devotion’ featuring Mark Shim, Chris Tordini and Justin Brownhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/release-day-for-marko-churnchetzs-devotion-featuring-mark-shim-chris-tordini-and-justin-brown/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/release-day-for-marko-churnchetzs-devotion-featuring-mark-shim-chris-tordini-and-justin-brown/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:04:47 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13342 Read More]]> Marko Churnchetz FB

Announcing the release day for Slovenian pianist Marko Churnchetz’s ‘Devotion’ Check the Devotion page to hear sound samples and pick up your copy!



Devotion is the debut WWR release from pianist and composer Marko Churnchetz (Črnčec), one of Slovenia’s brightest young stars who currently spends time living between his home country and New York City. Still in his twenties, he’s building a strong reputation as a formidable multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer who easily works across genres.

Devotion is a shining example of how many contemporary musicians are throwing genre restrictions out the window. Boasting an exciting stew of influences, the album features a no-holds-barred program of skillfully written music from Churnchetz, performed by some of New York’s finest younger generation improvisers in saxophonist Mark Shim, bassist Chris Tordini and first call drummer Justin Brown. The music races across an eclectic sonic landscape featuring intricate rhythms, virtuosic passages, introspective ballads and free improvisations.

The writing on Devotion is seeded in the influence of Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew’, Herbie Hancock’s ‘Headhunters’, Joe Zawinul’s ‘Weather Report’ and Chick Corea’s ‘Return to Forever’; however, the album is thoroughly contemporary in its delivery, with nods to the latest in rock, soul, hip hop and drum ‘n bass, as well as an appreciation for the contemporary bands fronted by Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Steve Lehman. Marko’s writing is also highly personal (the album is a dedication to his Mother, recently deceased) offering the listener strong anthem-like melodies alongside an attention to deep groove and pulse, ranging from breakbeat to hard swing.

Marko explains some of the concepts behind the songs on the album:

“I consider myself to be a composer who aspires to balance intellect with emotion, while never forgetting that music can make people move, dance, and smile. I try to explore many different moods within a piece that directly translates my musical tastes. For example, ‘Schizo’ is a tune that features a flamenco intro with modern classical style technique and phrasing mixed with a rhythmical approach that was influenced from Indian Classical Music as a result of my studies with the great Guru Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. It also features Mark on the electric midi controller which offers some different sounds compared to the traditional saxophone. For me it is about coming up with the most accurate representation of where I am as a person who loves and has studied a great deal of music.”


Marko Churnchetz (Slovenian spelling Črnčec) is one of Slovenia’s most heralded contemporary musicians and renowned exports, currently spending time living between his home country and New York City. On the international scene he is known as a formidable young multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer who easily works across genres and in particular jazz and popular music.

Churnchetz was born May 15, 1986 in Maribor, Slovenia and by the age of age six his musical path began by studying
 classical music on accordion and then piano at the age of ten. A prodigious talent, by his teens he was a multiple award-winner in both national and international competitions, and he earned a classical piano degree in 2005 as well as jazz piano degree at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria in 2009.

Churnchetz has released two albums as a leader, Signature and Moral Interchange (both released in 2010 on B.A.S.E.). His third album, Devotion, featuring Mark Shim (saxophone), Chris Tordini (double bass) and Justin Brown (drums) is due for release on Whirlwind Recordings, the prolific London-based imprint.

Marko has performed or recorded with the following notable musicians: Bob Mintzer, Don Menza, Michael Phillip Mossman, Ron McClure, Luis Bonilla, Gary Chaffee, Damion Reid, Mark Shim, Chris Tordini, Justin Brown, Marco Minnemann, Stjepko Gut, Marcus Gilmore, Armando Gola, Suresh Talwalkar, Jonathan Powell, John Thomas, Chris Jennings, Kenny Grohowski, Gwen Hughes, Stefan Milenkovich, Boško Petrovic, Martin Belic, Andy Hunter, Karmina Silec, Sharat Shrivastava, Gyan Syngh, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Karlheinz Miklin, Ewald Oberleitner, Bajsa Arifovska, Stanko Arnold.

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‘Points of View’ from Nia Lynn’s Bannau Trio reviewed by The Jazz Mannhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/points-of-view-from-nia-lynns-bannau-trio-reviewed-by-the-jazz-mann/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/points-of-view-from-nia-lynns-bannau-trio-reviewed-by-the-jazz-mann/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:24:18 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13277 Welsh singer-songwriter Nia Lynn’s latest release Points of View has received a glowing review from The Jazz Mann.  Check out the promo video below to learn more.


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Michael Janisch @ 606 Club July 15: ‘First Meeting’ London release + free music + 4 Star Guardian, The Jazz Mann, NYC Record, Wondering Soundhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/michael-janisch-606-club-july-15-first-meeting-london-release-free-music-4-star-guardian-the-jazz-mann-nyc-record-wondering-sound/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/michael-janisch-606-club-july-15-first-meeting-london-release-free-music-4-star-guardian-the-jazz-mann-nyc-record-wondering-sound/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:44:48 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13272 Read More]]> Whirlwind Festival Kings Place London 10 October 2013
Whirlwind Recordings founder and bassist/composer/producer Michael Janisch’s star continues to rise with the recent release of his First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1, a special collaboration with the legendary Lee Konitz, pianist Dan Tepfer and WWR artist and veteran drummer Jeff Williams.   The album was recorded during Janisch’s Pizza Express Jazz Club residency a few years back and has been received with big accolades in the press from around the world since it’s release in early June.  MJ will be celebrating the release of the album at the 606 club on the 15th of July with a special band featuring Zhenya Strigalev on alto saxophone, Phil Robson on guitar and over from NYC guest drummer Colin Stranahan.  We’re running a special on the night as well– anyone who purchases a copy of First Meeting will receive a FREE download card of two of Janisch’s previous releases with us: Purpose Built and Banned in London.

We’ve also had some great press come in for the record including a 4 star review from The Guardian, 4 Star from JazzMann, and great mentions in both the NYC Jazz Record & Wondering Sound.  After the promo video, we’ve copied the highlights to date.

4 Stars, The Guardian

“This is a live recording that captures the essence of improvisational musical dialogue. Half the fun is guessing the response to various musical gambits and where the conversation will lead next.”
4 Stars, Downbeat Magazine

“This is a collaborative success, but the presence of Konitz will be the main attraction for many listeners, and he makes all the difference to this wonderful album. His mode of expression is remarkably resistant to the passing of the years, and more importantly, no-one in the world sounds remotely like him.”
London Jazz News

“This is the sound of four musicians at the top of their game. Don’t be fooled by the choices of material, this is far more than a routine standards session. There’s a genuine sense of adventure about this music with some of the pieces being altered almost beyond recognition – but in a good way. Individual and collaborative highlights abound with the audiences at the Pizza Express being treated to something out of the ordinary.”
4 Stars, The Jazz Mann

“The dimensions to his [Konitz's] lyricism continue to become increasingly nuanced and expressive. The set of standards is comprised of your usual suspects, but the unpredictability the quartet lends them in the live setting gives old songs a fresh breath of air.”
Wondering Sound

“A series of stimulating duos, trios and quartet.”
The Northern Echo

“Listen to this valuable album and you’ll want more of: the weariness (‘Billie’s Bounce’); the soliloquising in the jazz soloist’s sense (Konitz’s soprano solo at the beginning of ‘All The Things You Are’); the modernism (Tepfer’s beginning to ‘Stella By Starlight’); the Monkian dimension, again Tepfer setting things up on the intro to the off kilter swing of the trio take on ‘Giant Steps’; the spontaneity (there was no rehearsal or plan); and the tenderness and quietude with Konitz’s entry on ‘Body and Soul’ just beautiful.”
4 Stars, Marlbank

“The first thing that hits you on “Billie’s Bounce”, the opening track of First Meeting, is the provocative nature of the trio, challenging Konitz with a fusillade of rhythmic and chordal textures and clangor. Williams stirs up whirlwinds on his kit, coaxing Konitz into Ornette-like ravenous bluesy lines. Konitz’ lush-toned soprano work is a highlight of the album, featured on a suave “All the Things You Are” with just bass and drums. Compared to Standards Live [Lee's new live album out on Enja Records], Konitz seems more energized and engaged on First Meeting and the ensemble more adventurous.”
The New York City Jazz Record

“The luxuriously emphatic bass intro to Alone Together is a reminder of Janisch’s musicality and power, and Konitz’s signature song, Subconscious Lee, is a fast-moving and inventive ensemble conversation.”
4 Stars, The Guardian

“A glance at what compositions were played tells you nothing; being in the moment is everything. Among the most enticing moments here are the engaging interplay between pianist Dan Tepfer & Konitz on ‘Billie’s Bounce’ and a hard grooving Janisch solo on on ‘All The Things You Are’.
4 Stars, Downbeat Magazine

“Konitz, Tepfer and Williams are outstanding and Janisch, on whose Whirlwind label the album is being released, is his usual inventive tower of strength.”
Bebop Spoken Here

“Janisch’s breathtaking, unaccompanied introduction to Alone Together is another highlight. He bristles with energy, and seizes the opportunity to raise his game at this significant juncture in his distinguished career.”
London Jazz News





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Tori Freestone receives 4 star review plus Taking Off feature in Jazzwise Magazine, reviews from The Girls Are and Airplay by BBC Radio for her latest ‘In The Chop House’http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/4-star-review-plus-taking-off-contents-page-feature-in-jazzwise-magazine-reviews-from-the-girls-are-and-airplay-by-bbc-radio-for-the-tori-freestone-trios-in-the-chop-house/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/4-star-review-plus-taking-off-contents-page-feature-in-jazzwise-magazine-reviews-from-the-girls-are-and-airplay-by-bbc-radio-for-the-tori-freestone-trios-in-the-chop-house/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:03:51 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13114 Read More]]> TF-Front-CoverTori Freestone released her debut on Whirlwind Recordings earlier this year with In The Chop House which amassed a collection of rave reviews, including 4 stars from both The Guardian and Marlbank and with The Scotsman announcing that “Freestone’s boldness is amply rewarded. She brings a pleasing freshness and invention to the music.”

We’re happy to announce that she’s received a glowing 4 star review, a taking off feature (which contains a great interview with Tori) and a nice photo feature on the contents page, all in last month’s edition of Jazzwise MagazineScreen Shot 2014-06-27 at 13.24.09 Go Tori!

The album has also received a review from The Girls Are who announce that “In The Chop House is a noteworthy debut – technically impressive and delivered by a musician who’s voice is mature, beautiful, refined and solid from years of honing her craft. This record is a modern jazz treat that will surely keep the purists happy.”

Tracks from the album have also been aired on BBC Radio. To purchase please check out the album page and click here to hear a full length sample track from the release.

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Press Update for JC Sanford: Reviews from Irish Times, Critical Jazz, Avant Music News, All About Jazz, Jazz Inside Magazine, Step Tempest and Diskoryxeion for ‘Views from the Inside’http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/reviews-from-irish-times-critical-jazz-avant-music-news-all-about-jazz-jazz-inside-magazine-step-tempest-and-diskoryxeion-for-jc-sanfords-views-from-the-inside/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/reviews-from-irish-times-critical-jazz-avant-music-news-all-about-jazz-jazz-inside-magazine-step-tempest-and-diskoryxeion-for-jc-sanfords-views-from-the-inside/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:02:43 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13219 Read More]]> sanford_900px

American composer, trombonist, and new music conductor JC Sanford recently released his debut WWR album Views from the Inside which has gained 5 stars from Critical Jazz, 4 stars from Downbeat, The Observer and The Scotsman, and the Wondering Sound have stated it’s “a recording where Sanford’s reach was achieved by his grasp. Highly recommended.”  

In today we have a plethora of reviews including The Irish Times, Critical Jazz, Avant Music News, All About Jazz, Jazz Inside Magazine, Step Tempest and Diskoryxeion.

The release reached album of the week on Avant Music News, and All About Jazz say that “Views From The Inside is a study in contrasts and opposing forces. It’s a work of compression and expansion, sonic saturation and sparsity, and consonance and dissonance. It’s music that’s alternately grandiloquent and direct, pointing to a place where high art and simple emotional expression aren’t at odds with one another. In short, it’s everything that’s glorious and right about the state of the large ensemble in jazz.” There has also been a great review from Greece’s Diskoryxeion which you can view here.

Jazz Inside Magazine have created a 2nd-part interview in their June issue, and Step Tempest say that “Views From the Inside is truly a magnificent triumph but one that will take listeners time to appreciate. One hears a variety of melodies, imaginative arrangements, splendid musicianship, forceful and emotional solos, and ideas coming at one, seemingly, from all sides.  When all is said and done, I return to my initial response; wow!”

To purchase the release please follow on to the album page, and featured below we have a full length sample track from Views from the Inside.

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Jeff Williams plays Smalls Jazz Club in NYC tonight!http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/jeff-williams-plays-smalls-jazz-club-in-nyc-tonight/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/jeff-williams-plays-smalls-jazz-club-in-nyc-tonight/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:07:48 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13220 Read More]]> jeffwilliams8 copy

Legendary drummer Jeff Williams career has spanned over 40 years and is still going strong. His latest album The Listener was met with worldwide critical acclaim including multiple 5 star reviews. Jeff and his band will be performing at Small’s Jazz Club in New York on Wednesday the 2nd of July. For a glimpse of what might be in store, check out the promo video below.


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Bobby Avey’s ‘Authority Melts From Me’ gets more acclaim in the press from Buffalo News, Jazzwise Magazine, Step Tempest and morehttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/bobby-aveys-authority-melts-from-me-gets-more-acclaim-in-the-press-from-buffalo-news-jazzwise-magazine-step-tempest-and-more/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/bobby-aveys-authority-melts-from-me-gets-more-acclaim-in-the-press-from-buffalo-news-jazzwise-magazine-step-tempest-and-more/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:10:43 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13216 Read More]]> Bobby Avey FB

Bobby Avey released Authority Melts From Me with us in May and it’s been a hugely popular album for us so far from music fans and the press.  We’ve had some great reviews in from Step Tempest, Buffalo News, Jazzwise Magazine and Burning Ambulance.  Check the highlights below as well as Bobby’s great promo video.


“Authority Melts From Me is, indeed, powerful music with a message about the costs of freedom and the perils of foreign neglect and/or intervention. The music does not sweep away the misery but acts as a reminder of the power of native traditions in the time of upheaval.”
Step Tempest

“In addition to writing a musical piece dedicated to Haiti, a country, says Avey, whose government, aided by the U.S., “has presided over eight years of human rights abuses,” he is, in addition to making a political statement, hoping “to add something to the legacy of jazz that stays true to the aspirations of that music while incorporating a style that up to now has not been explored in this way.” A style hypnotic, percussive, slashingly dissonant and yet enormously disciplined.”
Buffalo News

“Authority Melts From Me is made up of three lengthy pieces—”Kalfou,” “Louverture,” and “Cost,” each running between 13 and 18 minutes—and two three-minute interstitial pieces, one for piano and one for drums. It plays out as a single seamless work, by a band made up of Miguel Zenón on saxophone, Ben Monder on guitar, Avey on piano, Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Jordan Perlson on drums. It shifts, moment by moment, from agitated bursts of counterpoint to spacious solos to almost orchestral swells, always moving forward, restless and impetuous.”
Burning Ambulance

“Avey has fluency to spare and a distinct sound that combines sparse, discordant voicings with a light touch. His ambitious new CD is based on transcriptions of the drumming patterns of Haitian Vodou ritual, but tight, choppy rhythms and an edgy front line give them a distantly Downtown twist.”
Jazzwise Magazine

Check the promo video below:

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Andre Canniere with rave review in the International Trumpet Guild Journal for his ‘Coalescence’http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/andre-canniere-with-rave-review-in-the-international-trumpet-guild-journal-for-his-coalescence/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/andre-canniere-with-rave-review-in-the-international-trumpet-guild-journal-for-his-coalescence/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:06:45 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=13209 Read More]]> The reviews keep coming for American-born, London-based trumpeter and skilled composer Andre Canniere, who has released 2 albums with us, his most recent Coalescence at the end of last year.  We reprint a rave review from the International Trumpet Guild Journal that just hit.  Check out the promo video and track below as well to learn more.


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