Whirlwind Recordings

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Whirlwind Recordings (WWR) is a London, UK-based independent record label. It was established in 2010 by Michael Janisch.[1]

Whirlwind Recordings
Founded 2010
Founder Michael Janisch
Distributor(s) Proper Music Group, Indigo, E1 Entertainment, PVine, The Planet Company, Bertus, Distrijazz
Genre Jazz, Experimental Music, World Music
Country of origin UK
Official website www.whirlwindrecordings.com


The label was founded in 2010 by bassist, composer, educator and producer Michael Janisch in order to release his debut solo album Purpose Built.[2][3][4] The label releases albums from musicians mainly based in the UK and USA,[1] with a growing number of artists coming from mainland Europe.[5] As of June 2014, the label's catalog listed more than 40 albums.[6]

Notable artists who have released albums on Whirlwind Recordings[edit]

Notable artists who appear as sidemen/women on WWR[edit]

Aaron Goldberg, Adam Rogers, Chris Potter, David Binney, Doug Wamble, Greg Osby, Jeff Ballard, Jim Black, Julian Siegel, Kendrick Scott, Larry Grenadier, Lionel Loueke, Mark Turner, Norma Winstone, Mike Moreno, Ralph Alessi, Seamus Blake, Tyshawn Sorey, Walter Smith III.

Whirlwind Festival[edit]

In October 2013, WWR launched its inaugural Whirlwind Festival, curated by Janisch.[11] The festival ran from October 10–12 at Kings Place in London and featured 18 bands and 86 musicians. Performers included Andre Canniere, Greg Osby, Mike Gibbs, Norma Winstone, Robert Mitchell, and Logan Richardson, among others.[12][13]

Notable discography[edit]

AlbumArtistRelease Date


  1. ^ a b Hum, Peter. "Reap the Whirlwind Recordings (CD reviews)". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Scotney, Sebastian. "A Whirlwind comes to Town". King's Place Blog. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Whirlwind Festival". Jazz In Europe. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Canter, Andrea. "Michael Janisch: Finding Inspiration From Ellsworth to London". Jazz Police. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Preview: Romain Pilon at Whirlwind Festival". London Jazz News. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jazz Near You: Whirlwind Recordings". Jazz Near You. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Fordham, John. "Rachael Cohen: Halftime review – 'Unhurriedly intricate, slinkily free jazz'". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Graham, Stephen. "Level playing field: Rachael Cohen's Halftime". Marlbank. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Robb, Benny. "Young Women in Jazz: Rachael Cohen". Scottish Jazz Federation. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Ingham, Chris. "Rachael Cohen, Halftime, 4 Stars". MOJO Magazine, January, 2014 Edition. 
  11. ^ Bacon, Peter. "WHIRLWIND OF JAZZ BLOWS IN TO KINGS PLACE". The Jazz Breakfast. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Fordham, John. "Whirlwind Festival Review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Harris, Selwyn. "Whirlwind Recordings Festival". Jazzwise Magazine. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Larkin, Cormac. "Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar: Multiplicity: Leave the Door Open". The Irish Times. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Graham, Stephan. "Joel Harrison and Anupam Shobhakar Multiplicity, Leave the Door Open, Whirlwind Recordings". Marlbank (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Fordham, John. "Andre Canniere: Coalescence – review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Miriello, Ralph. "John Escreet's Sabotage and Celebration: A Work to Celebrate". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Fordham, John. "John Escreet: Sabotage and Celebration – review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Weideman, Paul. "MIKE GIBBS + TWELVE "Play Gil Evans (Whirlwind)". Sante Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Fordham, John. "Mike Gibbs + Twelve: Play Gil Evans – review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  21. ^ Fordham, John. "Jeff Williams: The Listener – review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  22. ^ Fordham, John. "Robert Mitchell: The Glimpse – review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  23. ^ Ratliff, Ben. New York Times "Textures From Near, Far and Out of a Psychedelic Haze". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  24. ^ Fordham, John. "The Cloudmakers Trio: Live at the Pizza Express – review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  25. ^ Fordham, John. "Andre Canniere Group: Forward Space - review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  26. ^ Fordham, John. "Jeff Williams: Another Time – review". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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