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Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)

Read "Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz in Poland has a courageous and artistically distinguished history--first in cultural opposition to Soviet-era dictatorship, later as a celebration of national and personal freedoms. Despite this, most Polish musicians remain little known beyond their own borders. The violinist Michal Urbaniak and the late pianist Krzysztof Komeda and trumpeter Tomasz Stańko are among a tiny handful ...

Jure Pukl: Doubtless

Read "Doubtless" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Melissa Aldana guested on two tracks featured on Jure Pukl's previous album Hybrid (Whirlwind, 2017), so it's no surprise that she's been recruited again for Pukl's follow-up recording. However, taking a slightly different tack, the saxophonist has dispensed with a piano or any chordal instrument for this set. But having two front line tenor saxophones isn't ...

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Tim Armacost: Time Being

Read "Time Being" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

La natura di un fenomeno è data dalla sommatoria di vari fattori, da una parte ci sono gli elementi che lo compongono, caratterizzandone i connotati, dall'altra il modo in cui quelli si combinano, e che ne costituiscono la forma. La capacità del demiurgo, dell'artista, si manifesta nell'abilità di manipolare la materia in modo che l'accostamento delle ...

Walter Smith III: Twio

Read "Twio" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The awareness of an audience or home listener is a key rite of passage in the creative development of an artist. Its something that usually becomes an issue as a performer moves beyond that initial creative surge of their early work, that build-up of compositions that led to initial success and attention has been exhausted and ...

Gene Jackson Trio Nu Yorx: Power Of Love

Read "Power Of Love" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Philadelphia in 1961, Gene Jackson had already determined by his late teens to become a professional drummer. He attended Berklee College of Music where his classmates numbered Branford Marsalis, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jeff “Tain" Watts to name just a few. He's worked with many major players in jazz including Dave Holland, ...

Jeff Williams: Lifelike

Read "Lifelike" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Based in London and Brooklyn, drummer Jeff Williams is a busy man. In addition to gigging and recording with his own group he currently teaches at the Royal Academy Of Music and at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK. This is Williams's fourth album for Whirlwind since his debut on the label with 2011's Another Time ...

Jeff Williams: Lifelike

Read "Lifelike" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Sounding as real as real gets, Lifelike's forward thinking drummer/composer Jeff Williams' heady sextet sure sound like they're all sitting in on a late night, cramped back room cutting session, with each player challenging, coaxing the other to new heights and horizons.

Williams, an alumni of such name drops as Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, ...

Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone: Criss Cross

Read "Criss Cross" reviewed by Roger Farbey

An associate of the Loop Collective, Alcyona Mick graduated in jazz piano from the Royal Academy of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. She writes scores for silent films and is a member of the prestigious London Jazz Orchestra. Mick has recorded two albums with the jazz group Blink, including its eponymous debut album and its follow-up, Twice. ...

Cloudmakers Five: Traveling Pulse

Read "Traveling Pulse" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Vibraphonist Jim Hart has extended the reach of his Cloudmakers Trio which released three albums: AJMiLIVE #7 (2015), Abstract Forces (2014) and Live At The Pizza Express (2013), all for Whirlwind Records. Now the trio is augmented by reedsman Antonin-Tri Hoang and guitarist Hannes Riepler. But the trio's rhythm section remains constant with Michael Janisch on ...

Zhenya Strigalev: Blues For Maggie

Read "Blues For Maggie" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Zhenya Strigalev's idiosyncratic Never Group (Whirlwind 2016) takes a rather different tack, opening with the reggae-infused “Not Upset" and utilising a new creation, a so-called “alto box." His deployment of his erstwhile college mate from London's Royal Academy of Music, Chilean guitarist Federico Dannemann is a genius move. It's easy to see why ...