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Michael Janisch

Michael Janisch has established himself as a tireless creative force across the developing international spheres of contemporary improvised and experimental music. Based in London (originally from the USA), he successfully traverses this creative topography as a first-call electric & double bassist, MOBO-Award nominated solo artist, prolific producer, and owner of Whirlwind Recordings, which has become one of the world’s premiere indie labels of the last decade. Janisch’s previous solo albums have been nominated for multiple industry awards, while getting radio spins on Gilles Peterson, NPR, WDR, BBC, JazzFM shows as well as coverage in Jazzwise, Jazz Thing, Downbeat & Concerto Magazines, The NY Times & Guardian and beyond to international acclaim

Acadia: Way Of The Cairns

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Way of the Cairns; Star Party; Blueberry Mountain; Seawall Sunrise; Darkest Night; Valse Hésitante; Personal Beehives; On the Precipice; Ten Years Later.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

When

Label: Three Worlds
Released: 2020
Track listing: Now And Then; River of Dreams; Patricks Song; Fool; Saudade; It's Not Quite The Same; When; The Commute; Solace; Wistful Thinking.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Patrick Cornelius: Acadia: Way Of The Cairns

Read "Acadia: Way Of The Cairns" reviewed by Chris May

No, this is not an ECM album, though, looking at the sleeve art, you would be excused from thinking it was trying to pass itself off as one. Half of the Acadia quartet is indeed European: Estonian-born, German-based pianist Kristjan Randalu and Luxembourg-born, US-based drummer Paul Wiltgen. The other half is American: alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Rattigan: When

Read "When" reviewed by Chris May

Composer-arrangers as diverse as Gil Evans and Charles Mingus have employed the French horn, but it remains something of a niche instrument in jazz. Why? The same question applies to the almost complete absence of trombones in West African jazz and Afrobeat, and their ubiquity in Brazilian samba. The first convincing explanation in the Comments box ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park

Read "Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

With a persistently active live and equally dynamic release schedule in his back pocket, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius continues to push the boundaries of the straight-ahead approach to jazz into a more modern context. Since his first recording as a leader--2006's self-released Lucid Dream featuring a cast of fellow Berklee College of Music Students from the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries

Read "Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Scottish drummer and educator Andrew Bain has performed in a wide variety of projects, from playing with Dave Liebman during his years with the Guildhall School of Music Jazz Orchestra, or collaborating with the late Kenny Wheeler to having taken part in joint efforts with the likes of late pianist John Taylor and other modern British ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Paul Dunlea's 4 Corners at Maggie's Farm

Read "Paul Dunlea's 4 Corners at Maggie's Farm" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Paul Dunlea's 4 Corners Maggie's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland January 27, 2020 When you consider that some Belfast venues might struggle to get forty punters for a Monday night jazz gig, it is no mean feat that as many have turned out, in the middle of the Irish countryside no ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Scott Kinsey: On speaking Luniwaz with an accent

Read "Scott Kinsey: On speaking Luniwaz with an accent" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Scott Kinsey belongs among the most influential keyboard players of the past decades and seems capable of adapting to any style of music. Unlike those who came before him, Kinsey was born into the golden era of keyboards and synthesizers, when visionaries such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock had already begun to explore the vast ...


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