1st October 2015: Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift album and live show reviews include 4* from Jazzwise, The Jazz Mann and Herald Scotland plus full feature in October’s issue of Jazzwise Magazine.

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Some four years in gestation, the ambitious new double-disc project Paradigm Shift from London-based US bassist, composer and producer Michael Janisch sees the Whirlwind Recordings founder enter the spotlight with his multi-level approach to composition and performance.

Currently midway through a 35 + date European launch tour (this week starting with the Whirlwind Mini Fest Glasgow and finishing at the UK’s most northerly music venue, Mareel in Shetland) Paradigm Shift will officially launch at Pizza Express Dean Street on Tuesday 6th October (booking info).

Both the album and the live shows have been enthusiastically received and some of the press highlights are reproduced below as is the full feature in October’s issue of Jazzwise. For full tour details see: www.michaeljanisch.com/live/

“A highlight of Janisch’s eventful career to date… the centerpiece of the album is the lengthy suite of the title track, which gives full vent to Janisch’s ability as a writer who creates from the stance of a bold improviser, so much so that the music feels entirely ‘lived in’ and visceral…”
4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine + feature article (scroll down to see in full)

“Janisch’s virtuosity is unquestioned. On ‘Paradigm Shift’ he shows his own broad compositional soundscape and thematic grooves.”
Jazz FM (read)

“A stellar international sextet… The performance of the suite was dazzling in terms of its power, precision and intensity, music that was visceral and uncompromising yet ultimately energising, enjoyable and invigorating for band members and audience alike. Catch the Paradigm Shift tour if you can.”
4 Stars, The Jazz Mann (live/album review)

“An expansive and ceaselessly shifting affair, ranging through muscular ensemble playing and horn statements punctuated by solo electric or double bass interludes over a susurrus of electronics.”
The Scotsman (full review)

“Bassist Michael Janisch’s new live double album, Paradigm Shift, is a groove-centric ride in a souped-up engine. Its moving parts are clearly in all working order, shifting and flowing like they were built that way. The rhythm section of Janisch, drummer Colin Stranahan, and pianist Leo Genovese are outstanding.”
NextBop (full review)

“The music was surging, searching, with marvellous honking, free-flowing soprano saxophone from Jason Yarde, and hugely descriptive, not least on Janisch’s almost filmic, carousal-inspired Mike’s Mosey.”
4 Stars, Herald Scotland (live review)

“Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift is one monster album. The movements, or sections, feature some of the best ‘on-the-bandstand’ improvisations committed to disc in recent times.”
Bebop Spoken Here (full review)

“Paradigm Shift finished off the night with a tour de force display of instrumental firepower that ranks alongside any jazz gig I’ve been to in the past and I’m including some very big names in that list.”
Mumble Music (Scotland, live review)

 

Jazzwise Feature (click to enlarge)

 

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