Whirlwind Recordings http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:19:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 RELEASE DAY: George Crowley releases ‘Can Of Worms’ (feat. Tom Challenger, Jon Scott, Dan Nicholls, Sam Lasserson) + 4 Stars from Music OMHhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/release-day-george-crowleys-releases-can-of-worms-4-stars-from-music-omh/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/release-day-george-crowleys-releases-can-of-worms-4-stars-from-music-omh/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:32:02 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16416 Read More]]>  

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Can of Worms releases today:  Click here for CDs and digital albums. 


Can of Worms explores that happy and unpredictable space where written and improvised worlds collide, diving deep into group improvisations and compositions featuring taut, tense grooves, wailing sax-confessionals and all-out glorious free-jazz. Formed on a whim for a pick-up gig in early 2013, the strong sense of fun, interaction and joyous anarchy quickly convinced saxophonist and composer George Crowley that this was a project which had to happen properly. Some 18 months later the band have recorded their first full-length record of Crowley’s original tunes and his second release for Whirlwind Recordings.

The album features a razor-sharp, interactive line-up of some of the most distinctive musicians on the burgeoning London scene. Crowley is joined by a fellow tenor saxophonist and close musical ally in the Loop Collective’s Tom Challenger (Brass Mask, Dice Factory), while the rhythm duties are performed by Dan Nicholls (Strobes, Vula Viel), Sam Lasserson (Jeff Williams, Julian Argüelles) and Jon Scott (Kairos Quartet, Mulatu Asktake) with an alluring combination of precision and flexibility, order and chaos.

The resulting music is uncompromising yet warm and playful. Following hot on the heels of Crowley’s quartet debut, Paper Universe (Whirlwind 2012), Can of Worms features seven colorful new originals which gives this impressive band— and its leader— ample room to shine. Crowley’s floating introduction cues up ‘The Opener’, leading to a coruscating group theme which gives way to the first of many purposeful and inventive solos from Dan Nicholls. Elsewhere ‘Ubiquitous Up Tune in 3’ explores more familiar melodic territory with passion and intensity; ‘Rum Paunch’ sees the group taking a delicate, fractured blues-like theme into searing improv while ‘Terminal’ has a glorious anthemic quality with searing solos from both tenor players and some hard grooving wurlitzer from Nicholls, underpinned by buoyant support from Lasserson and Scott. All of this takes the listener on a journey where unexpected delights litter the way.

If Crowley’s debut Paper Universe signaled his arrival as a performer and composer, Can of Worms represents a development, a shift in gears which is arresting and entertaining in equal measure.

Listen to a full track, ‘Terminal’ from the album

The site MUSIC OMH has just featured Can of Worms with an excellent 4 Star review:

“There’s something challenging and satisfying in the way Crowley’s compositions unfold, rarely predictably, with written passages jostling with fully improvised sections for attention. This is music that clearly seeks to avoid being pigeon-holed, wanting to splice elements from a variety of musical worlds and for the most part succeeding.”
4 Stars, Music OMH





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Partisans look to a busy future after winning Album of the Year at the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards with appearances at Love Supreme, Brecon, Norwich, EFG London Jazz Festivals and more.http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/partisans-look-to-a-busy-future-after-winning-album-of-the-year-at-the-2015-parliamentary-jazz-awards-with-appearances-at-love-supreme-brecon-norwich-efg-london-jazz-festivals-and-more/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/partisans-look-to-a-busy-future-after-winning-album-of-the-year-at-the-2015-parliamentary-jazz-awards-with-appearances-at-love-supreme-brecon-norwich-efg-london-jazz-festivals-and-more/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:29:07 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16356 Read More]]> IMG_1787


Congratulations to Partisans on their ‘Album of the Year’ win at the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. They also received nominations for ‘Jazz Ensemble Of The Year’ and  ‘Jazz Instrumentalist Of The Year’ (Phil Robson).

Partisans will be making appearances at a series of UK festivals  over the summer starting off at Love Supreme on July 4th (Phil is also appearing on the 5th with Christine Tobin), Brecon Jazz Festival on August 8th and Norwich Jazz Festival on August 30th. Other  dates will be announced shortly to coincide with the festival’s own news releases. Please check back here regularly for all the latest updates.

You can also visit Partisan’s website here at or at their new booking agent site Right Tempo Agency here

The band have shows at Birmingham’s Fleet Street Kitchen (date to be confirmed) and at The Crypt in London (31/07/15) before embarking on a major tour of the UK in November which will include a date (13/11/15) at Cadogan Hall, playing opposite ‘James Farm’ featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Partisans have received incredible feedback for both Swamp and for their recent shows even from luminaries such as Steve Swallow and have been enjoying airplay on all the major UK jazz radio programmes.  ‘Flip the Sneck’  from Swamp is featured on the Whirlwind Sampler album on the cover of  the April Issue of Jazzwise Magazine. (see feature)

You can follow the band on Facebook (here) and Twitter (here).



Swamp is the fifth studio album from Partisans, who since their formation in 1996 have been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously energetic performances. They’ve been credited with bridging the gap between New York swing, European improv and UK jam. 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).





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Matthew Stevens sound previews up for ‘Woodwork’ + Life and Times Interview, mentions from Bird Is The Worm, Revive Music, Greg Bryant iTunes podcast interview, out exclusively on iTunes until May 26http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/matthew-stevens-sound-previews-up-for-woodwork-life-and-times-interview-plus-mentions-from-bird-is-the-worm-revive-music-greg-bryant-itunes-podcast-interview-out-exclusively-on-itunes-till/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/matthew-stevens-sound-previews-up-for-woodwork-life-and-times-interview-plus-mentions-from-bird-is-the-worm-revive-music-greg-bryant-itunes-podcast-interview-out-exclusively-on-itunes-till/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:02:03 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16339 Read More]]> Matthew Stevens FB avaITUNES

Woodwork, the debut album from guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens is out now exclusively from iTunes ahead of it’s first street date of May 26, and is currently featured as ‘Editor’s Choice’.   We’ve now added sound previews for the record click the link above to hear more. No matter your locale, Click here to Order and you’ll be taken to your country’s iTunes store.

Matthew has also been featured on the Life & Times website (also featured on the Revive Music site) as well as Bird Is The Worm.  He’s also done a great interview with Greg Bryant on his popular iTunes ‘Jazzwatch’ podcast.

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4 stars from The Guardian, Telegraph & Arts Desk for Zhenya Strigalev’s ‘Robin Goodie’ + Ronnie Scott’s launch & album reviews from Jazzwise Magazine, London Jazz, Jazz Journal and iBass magazine.http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/4-stars-from-the-guardian-telegraph-arts-desk-for-zhenya-strigalevs-robin-goodie-ronnie-scotts-launch-album-reviews-from-jazzwise-magazine-london-jazz-jazz-journal-and-ibass-magazine/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/4-stars-from-the-guardian-telegraph-arts-desk-for-zhenya-strigalevs-robin-goodie-ronnie-scotts-launch-album-reviews-from-jazzwise-magazine-london-jazz-jazz-journal-and-ibass-magazine/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:44:30 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16304 Read More]]>


Russian alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev returns with his acclaimed fusion-edged six-piece Smiling Organizm and his second release for Whirlwind Recordings, Robin Goodie.

Robin Goodie finds the band stepping up a gear, increasingly comfortable as a unit, growing to become more than the sum of its considerably talented parts. Matching quirky humor with serious musical intent, delicate melodic hooks with heavyweight rhythmic muscle, this is a band and an album that leaves a vivid impression.


Zhenya launched Robin Goodie at Ronnie Scott’s and earned a 4 star review from The Telegraph.  You can read it along with more live reviews of the launch party below:


“Goofiness falls away and he becomes a musician of total concentration, eyes closed, his surroundings entirely forgotten. With so many players, a rise in physical excitement tends to go with a loss of musical focus. With Strigalev, it’s the other way about; he actually builds excitement by homing in inexorably on a phrase, pursuing it through every possible variation. As for his compositions, they fuse together straight-ahead jazz melodiousness, pithy funk bass motifs and a delightful eccentricity.”
4 stars, The Telegraph (live review)

Jazzwise Magazine (live review)

Jazz Journal (live review)


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Robin Goodie continues to receive much critical acclaim, including these 4 star reviews from The Guardian and The Arts Desk. Here they are along with a further review from London Jazz:


“The Russian has a refreshing indifference to what’s supposed to go with what in 21st-century jazz… he’s hired some of the classiest sidemen in the game… the music seems to draw out Akinmusire’s most impressionistic qualities, and Harland’s drumming is jaw-dropping throughout.”
4 stars, The Guardian (full review)

“Where Strigalev’s compositions really stand out is in the blending of tonal color, which is in most cases strikingly attractive.”
4 stars, The Arts Desk (full review)

“Robin Goodie is highly absorbing, and there is much magnificent music to savor.”
London Jazz
London Jazz (full review)


And this feature in iBass Magazine (website)


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Reviews for Cloudmakers Trio ‘Abstract Forces’ including 4 stars from Jazz Journal, Jazz Thing and morehttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/reviews-for-cloudmakers-trio-abstract-forces-including-4-stars-from-jazz-journal-jazz-thing-and-more/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/reviews-for-cloudmakers-trio-abstract-forces-including-4-stars-from-jazz-journal-jazz-thing-and-more/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:55:56 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16186 Read More]]>


Abstract Forces is the second release from Cloudmakers Trio, the brainchild of vibraphonist Jim Hart which features Whirlwind founder Michael Janisch on double bass and Dave Smith on drums. The album is a mix of strong grooves, catchy hooks and, as the title suggests, very open improvising. Hart’s writing explores different textures, moods and eclectic sound worlds, rendering the music unpredictable and exciting while at the same time beautifully accessible.


We have received a further round of reviews for Abstract Forces and bring you the highlights below.

 “British vibraphonist Jim Hart has lead a search for abstraction on his second trio album with bassist Michael Janisch and drummer Dave Smith. While on a structural level the album claims clarity, objectivity and independence, one can find on the album no melodies in the classical sense, no usual harmonies or linear rhythms. Cloudmakers Trio has found their own unified, introspective abstraction.”
Jazz Thing Magazine

“The dialogue is impressive producing auditory feast of contrasting sound effects that run the gamut of contemporary influences from post modern jazz assertiveness to world music diversity and trance like meditation… the music could reasonably be described as a concerto for three musicians.”
Jazz Views (full review)

“It’s an album of throbbing, contemporary grooves and punchy groove-melodies that see Hart play the roles of line player and rhythmically calculating percussionist all at once.”
4 Stars, Jazz Journal (website)

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Can of Worms explores that happy and unpredictable space where written and improvised worlds collide, diving deep into group improvisations and compositions featuring taut, tense grooves, wailing sax-confessionals and all-out glorious free-jazz. Formed on a whim for a pick-up gig in early 2013, the strong sense of fun, interaction and joyous anarchy quickly convinced saxophonist and composer George Crowley that this was a project which had to happen properly. Some 18 months later the band have recorded their first full-length record of Crowley’s original tunes and his second release for Whirlwind Recordings.


Can of Worms had a sell out live launch at The Vortex earlier this month. Take a look at some of the photos below:

Also just in is a review of the launch from Jazzwise magazine and an album review from London Jazz:

“Chattering free jazz-y horn dialogues and surging Afro-Cuban-edged themes gave way to cooler, wormier high-register unisons, with a gospel tinge at times that recalled something of Mingus… the thunderous applause and whoops at the end of the second set was thoroughly deserved.”
Jazzwise Magazine (live review feature)

“A satisfying melange of post bop, free-er sounds and rhythmic variety make this an interesting collection, rewarding repeated listening. ”
London Jazz (full review)


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Jochen Rueckert Quartet ‘We Make The Rules’ Euro March tour featuring Mark Turner, Lage Lund and Chris Smith + Step Tempest Reviewhttp://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/jochen-rueckert-quartet-we-make-the-rules-euro-march-tour-featuring-mark-turner-lage-lund-and-chris-smith-step-tempest-review/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/jochen-rueckert-quartet-we-make-the-rules-euro-march-tour-featuring-mark-turner-lage-lund-and-chris-smith-step-tempest-review/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:20:14 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16157 Read More]]>

We Make The Rules
is the debut Whirlwind release from the multifaceted drummer & composer Jochen Rueckert. The album features Rueckert’s quartet; Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Lage Lund on guitar and Matt Penman on double bass.  The album features all original music written by Rueckert around 2011 and subsequently toured internationally before going into the studio to record.
Jochen will be on tour with his Quartet later this month to promote the album and will be visiting Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France. For full tour details see here: (tour details)

Here’s a recent review from the great website Step Tempest that we’ve had in for We Make The Rules:

“Jochen Rueckert has created a mesmerizing collection of songs – real songs, not just riffs to “blow over” – that get lodged in your mind. You’ll want to explore these musical trails time and again.”
Step Tempest (full review)

Listen to ‘Eggshells’ from the album below:


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Gareth Lockrane Big Band at Ronnie Scott’s Sunday March 22nd. Stellar line-up plus London Jazz Interview.http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/gareth-lockrane-big-band-at-ronnie-scotts-sunday-march-22nd-stellar-line-up-plus-london-jazz-interview/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/gareth-lockrane-big-band-at-ronnie-scotts-sunday-march-22nd-stellar-line-up-plus-london-jazz-interview/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:37:18 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16258 Read More]]>

The Gareth Lockrane Big Band is appearing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club Sunday March 22nd.


Gareth Lockrane (flutes/ compositions), Sam Mayne, James Gardiner-Bateman, Julian Siegel, Graeme Blevins, Richard Shepherd (saxes/woodwinds) Mark Nightingale, Barnaby Dickinson, Trevor Mires, Lewis Edney (trombones/tuba) Andy Greenwood, Tom Walsh, Steve Fishwick, Robbie Robson (trumpets) Phil Robson (guitar) Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ) Ryan Trebilcock (bass) Matt Skelton (drums)

Gareth released The Strut with us and was named MOJO Magazine Jazz Album of the Year.  Here’s a bit about the album:

The Strut is the debut Whirlwind release from internationally-acclaimed flautist Gareth Lockrane (currently residing in London) and his Hammond Organ group ‘Grooveyard’. The Strut is the follow up to Lockrane’s 2003 album Put The Cat Out (winner of ‘Best European Jazz Group’ Granada Jazz Festival). This ambitious and stylistically wide-ranging record fuses the spirit of the historic soul-jazz groups of yesteryear alongside contemporary jazz fused with gospel, chamber music, cinematic rock, funk and even world music influences, showcasing the diverse compositional palette of the leader.

For all the details, including Gareth’s interview with London Jazz and information on how to book, click:  here

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RELEASE DAY for Tam de Villiers ‘Panacea’ + European tour continues…http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/release-day-for-tam-de-villiers-panacea-european-tour-continues/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/release-day-for-tam-de-villiers-panacea-european-tour-continues/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16253 Read More]]> Tam De Villiers FB.

Announcing the release day for Panacea (click here for CDs and digital albums).


For the the best part of a decade, the quartet of British-born guitarist Tam de Villiers (now firmly established in France) has been striving for musical authenticity, compositional originality and honest group interplay. Avoiding pastiche of the past and present, and deftly side-stepping the fleeting musical trends of the moment, their aim has been to explore a personal take on the human experience, defying genres and period.

Resolutely idiosyncratic, the music of Tam de Villiers surprises the listener with a melting pot of influences seamlessly combined into an original voice. What starts out as a jazz piece leads into a contrapuntal baroque fantasie, then veers off into abrasive progressive rock, skimming past rockabilly twangs before plunging into a trance inducing minimalist motif. Yet despite the apparent eclecticism, there is a carefully crafted archetypal balance underpinning the form that brings a sense of classical coherence to the notes, both written and improvised.
De Villiers continues working closely with this regular team of musicians, Karl Jannuska (drums), David Prez (tenor saxophone), and Frederic Chiffoleau (double bass), on Panacea, his debut for Whirlwind Recordings.

This new opus expands upon the quartet’s body of work following the critically acclaimed albums Alba Lux (2008) and Motion Unfolding (2011). Described as “amazing, acrobatic, mind-poetry” by Jazz Thing Magazine, song-writing was explored on his last album featuring singer David Linx. Now, with Panacea, de Villiers pushes the poetic song writing aspect of his music even further, this time inviting Hungarian singer Gabor Winand, whose baritone voice and unique approach to scat improvisation bring an exceptional lyricism to four tracks of the album.


Listen to the title track from the album here:

A core aim of Panacea was to build upon the long-standing musical relationship of de Villiers’ quartet and use this as a vehicle to exploit a new, challenging repertoire of compositions he wrote over the course of the previous two years. This repertoire explores many approaches to form and improvisation not regularly utilized in a jazz quartet context. Many compositions are through-composed, exploring motifs and melodic material in different ways and using them as a rhythmic and harmonic basis for improvisation. In order to develop melodic material, twelve-tone 20th century classical composition devices were used, notably in the suite “Totem Tona – Tona Totem”, and “Wolf” where trichords are used and inverted to form the themes and harmony. This focus on composition and structure (juxtaposed with the sounds of electric guitar and multiple effects), paired with a fluid, organic execution creates a unique combination of modern music styles and sounds mixed with the subtle melodic and rhythmic complexity that characterizes the quartet.

Listen to Panopticon from Panacea here:

In parallel to this, and in some ways as counter-balance, inviting the flexibility of Winand’s vocal technique into the mix brings a universal coherence to the auditor. de Villiers desired to continue his exploration of poetic song-writing (first started on the last album Motion Unfolding), using the consonants and syllables of the text as a rhythmic framework for the articulation and sound of the themes. The texts examine symbolic archetypes found in European esoterica, alchemy and Jungian writings. The literal concepts explored also lay the foundation of the song forms, using numerological figures as a basis for tempo, form and meter: notably in “Panacea” and “As Above, So Below”. In other songs, “Morse Code Fantasie” and “Freedom” (Winand’s own composition), the voice is instead used as an instrument in its own right, using scat syllables for articulation.

The end result is a collection of varying pieces, instrument and vocal, that takes the listener on both a cerebral and visceral voyage, where the natural feel and organic execution of the material draws the listener in while allowing appreciation of the band’s exuberant interactions without its compositional depth and complexity burying their musicality.

Tam is currently touring around Europe. Please see our events page for more details:

12/02/15 Bravo Brussels, Belgium

13/02/15 Jazzolder Mechelen

16/02/15 Hopper Antwerp

17/02/15 Liquid Luxembourg

20/02/15 B-Flat Berlin-Mitte

21/02/15 Club Hanseat Salzwedel

11/03/15 Swing Unlimited Jazz Club Alum Chine, Bournemouth UK

12/03/15 Sound Cellar Poole UK

13/03/15 Birmingham Jazz Birmingham UK

14/03/15 Shrewsbury Jazz Network Shrewsbury UK

15/03/15 Southampton Modern Jazz Club Southampton UK

17/03/15 Dempsey’s Cardiff, Wales UK

18/03/15 Leeds College of Music Leeds UK

18/03/15 Lescar Sheffield UK

20/03/15 Bebop Club Bristol UK

22/03/15 Splinter Jazz Newcastle upon Tyne UK

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Tam de Villiers ‘Panacea’ UK tour starts March 11th featuring David Prez, Frédéric Chiffoleau and Karl Jannuska + Promo Video and review from Jazz Breakfast.http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/tam-de-villiers-panacea-uk-tour-starts-march-11th-featuring-david-prez-frederic-chiffoleau-and-karl-jannuska-promo-video-and-review-from-jazz-breakfast/ http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/tam-de-villiers-panacea-uk-tour-starts-march-11th-featuring-david-prez-frederic-chiffoleau-and-karl-jannuska-promo-video-and-review-from-jazz-breakfast/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:50:52 +0000 http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/?p=16166 Read More]]>


For the the best part of a decade, the quartet of British-born guitarist Tam de Villiers has been striving for musical authenticity, compositional originality and honest group interplay. Panacea is a collection of varying pieces, instrumental and vocal, that takes the listener on both a cerebral and visceral voyage, where the natural feel and organic execution of the material draws the listener in while allowing appreciation of the band’s exuberant interactions without its compositional depth and complexity burying their musicality.


Tam de Villiers and his Quartet featuring David Prez-tenor saxophone, Frédéric Chiffoleau-double bass and Karl Jannuska-drums
start their Panacea tour tomorrow (dates below). For full details including how to buy tickets go: here

Prior to the start of the tour, we have just received this review:

” The fact that de Villiers, drummer Karl Jannuska, saxophonist David Prez and double and electric bassist Frédéric Chiffoleau have played an awful lot as a unit and that they have strong and characterful jazz chops means that the resulting sounds are full of lithe movement, energy and passion. The inclusion of guest vocalist Gabor Winand, who navigates, mostly wordlessly, some pretty unusual progressions, also leavens the mix.
Jazz Breakfast (full review)



11/03/15  Swing Unlimited Jazz Club Alum Chine, Bournemouth UK

12/03/15  Sound Cellar Poole UK

13/03/15  Birmingham Jazz Birmingham UK

14/03/15 Shrewsbury Jazz Network Shrewsbury UK

15/03/15  Southampton Modern Jazz Club Southampton UK

17/03/15 Dempsey’s Cardiff, Wales UK

18/03/15  Leeds College of Music Leeds UK

18/03/15  Lescar Sheffield UK

20/03/15  Bebop Club Bristol UK

22/03/15  Splinter Jazz Newcastle upon Tyne UK

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