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January 2019 Whirlwind Recordings Rebrand Sale - Up To 50% Off Back Catalogue (CDs • LPs • DLs • Apparel) Until The End Of The Month!

January 2019 Whirlwind Recordings Rebrand Sale - Up To 50% Off Back Catalogue (CDs • LPs • DLs • Apparel) Until The End Of The Month!

Whirlwind Recordings, the London, UK-based imprint founded by Michael Janisch is celebrating a complete rebranding of the label’s logo and online look, complete with a website overhaul and migration of their old store to the new Bandcamp label page this month. To celebrate, and to say a massive thank you to all their fans for support ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jasper Blom Quartet: Polyphony

Read "Polyphony" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Saxophonist Jasper Blom's double album Polyphony, released on Whirlwind, centres around two key elements. Firstly, his long- standing penchant for adding a guest soloist to his quartet, reflected in each disc having its own additional musician. On the first CD there is trumpeter Bert Joris, with whom Blom and his quartet have played for several years, ...

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Preston Glasgow Lowe: Something About Rainbows

Read "Something About Rainbows" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Several points of note emanate from this second Preston Glasgow Lowe album which smartly follows-up their eponymous debut album (Whirlwind, 2016). The first is that David Preston still employs his trademark tintinnabulating guitar tone. Then there's Laurie Lowe's drumming which even on a quiet-ish number like “Fumes" is subtly spectacular.

“Beat 5" continues in ...

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Josephine Davies' Satori: In The Corners Of Clouds

Read "In The Corners Of Clouds" reviewed by Roger Farbey

It's interesting to compare In The Corners Of Clouds with Josephine Davies' previous album simply entitled Satori (Whirlwind, 2017). That live album was recorded at a gig in London in 2016, whereas In The Corners Of Clouds was recorded at Buffalo Studios, London in February 2018. The line-up has changed slightly too with Paul Clarvis replaced ...

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Ingrid Jensen and Steve Treseler: Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler

Read "Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The trumpeter Kenny Wheeler who died on 18 September 2014, aged 84, was one of the true greats of jazz but one who never quite attained the popular recognition that some of his contemporaries achieved. Nevertheless, to his peers and audiences around the world he was an international treasure. Born in Canada in 1930, Wheeler moved ...

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Walter Smith III / Matthew Stevens / Joel Ross / Harish Raghavan / Marcus Gilmore: In Common

Read "In Common" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Eschewing the traditional desire for their compositions to be individually attributed, this group of five virtuosos has instead determined to retain a collective responsibility for their music. This is a brave philosophy but it works remarkably well. In this spirit, “freefive" is a tentative improvised duet between Walter Smith III on tenor saxophone and Matthew Stevens ...

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New York Standards Quartet: Heaven Steps To Seven

Read "Heaven Steps To Seven" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The three constant principals in this remarkable quartet are joined for this album by NY-resident Ugonna Okegwo on double bass. The quartet has been in existence for over a decade now and their first album was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008. The punningly titled Heaven Steps To Seven is the quartet's seventh album to ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Two nearly simultaneous releases that shine an especially interesting light on the three players they have in common. In addition to leading the two dates, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and guitarist Rez Abbasi play prominent performance roles in both, and Dan Weiss provides drums (and tabla). Both projects mark the return of their respective bands: the ...

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New and Notable Releases

Read "New and Notable Releases" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Sometimes in summertime the living isn't quite so easy and life contrives to get in the way of finding and celebrating the great music that is out there waiting for us. This article is an attempt to distill personal favourites from the many releases that have crossed my path in the last few months--had time been ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Janisch: The Whirlwind, Paradigm Shift and London's Label of the Moment

Read "Michael Janisch: The Whirlwind, Paradigm Shift and London's Label of the Moment" reviewed by Phil Barnes

However you look at it Michael Janisch is an extraordinarily driven, highly motivated, success story. Not only has he been the founder, owner and force behind London's wonderful Whirlwind Recordings for the last five years, but he has also just released one of 2015's finest albums in the adventurous 2CD set Paradigm Shift. It's no coincidence ...