Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017

Michael Janisch Band with Rez Abbasi / Walter Smith III / Clarence Penn + Henry Spencer’s Juncture + Zhenya Strigalev's Never Group
Whirlwind Recordings Blows a Storm

35-47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA

Killer triple bill from the increasingly active London-based record label.  

Whirlwind head honcho, bassist, composer and producer Michael Janisch (nominated in 2016 for a MOBO Award in the Jazz category after releasing his latest solo album Paradigm Shift (see below)), premieres a terrific Stateside Quartet on their first European tour-date with the Pakistani/American guitarist Rez Abbasi – rapidly emerging as one of today’s major new voices on his instrument – alongside saxophonist Walter Smith III (Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire) and the brilliant drummer Clarence Penn (Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider).  The band will be recording Janisch's next solo album during the tour. 

Award-winning trumpeter Henry Spencer’s ‘gleaming tone’ (Jazzwise) lies at the core of an exciting young band playing out of the tradition with an invigorating freshness and attitude, whose debut album has been called 'one of the early contenders for album of the year' by All About Jazz, whilst saxophonist Strigalev’s zany Never Group takes that same tradition by the scruff of the neck, combining ‘hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism’ (Guardian) in equal measures.

Michael Janisch Band

Michael Janisch - double/electric bass
Walter Smith III - tenor saxophones
Rez Abbasi - guitars
Clarence Penn - drums

Henry Spencer & Juncture
Henry Spencer - trumpet
Nick Costley-White - guitar
Matt Robinson - piano, Fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Andrew Robb - double bass
David Ingamells - drums

Zhenya Strigalev's NEVER GROUP
Zhenya Strigalev - alto sax & alto box
Michael Janisch - electric bass / effects
Marc Ayza - drums

"'One of Europe’s busiest and most creative independent labels'"
The Irish Times
"'One of the major British record labels.'"
Jazz Thing and Blue Rhythm
"'Whirlwind Recordings is the new label of the moment, releasing a diverse cross section of excellent music.'"
BBC Radio 2