Time flies…

Wow, how time flies when you’re having fun! We’ve been so busy at Mongrel Records that we’ve (somewhat shamefully) neglected this website.

Anyway, in the meantime, both ‘Blue Room’ and ‘Unconventional’ have been released successfully, with quick sales, particularly upon touring the records. There are a few CD copies of both albums available via our ‘Releases’ page. Meanwhile, here’s a few quotes people have had to say about the records:

 

Unconventional

“It’s all too rare to hear music as simultaneously fresh and mature as this by musicians of any age bracket… This record reminds me why I got into Jazz in the first place.” – Duncan Heining, JazzUK (2012)

“On the evidence of his brief career thus far Wheeler has the potential to become a significant figure on the UK jazz scene as player, composer, bandleader and all round mover and shaker…Expect to hear a lot more of J J Wheeler and his talented young contemporaries. Wheeler, in particular, seems to have the ability, intelligence and drive to become a significant figure in the music.” – The JazzMann (13/03/12)

“Using my criteria: ‘Would I listen to this more than once?’ the answer is a definate ‘Yes’.” – Sandy Brown Jazz Publication (March 2012)

“Rising stars – Specialists in cartwheeling hard-bop and driving, time-changing modernism.”Coventry Telegraph

 

 

Blue Room

“The Duo’s treatment of their chosen material is innovative and fascinating and it’s clear this partnership also has enormous future potential…It’s hypnotic and compelling.” – The JazzMann (22/01/12)

“The absence of a bass, means the pair have to rethink their usual roles, and Steve, who is used to playing solo, has no trouble keeping the low end filled out, while JJ can explore a more decorative role on the drums…I really like Tromans’s approach, not only in this duo but also with a bigger band, of radically reworking standards. By choosing to play exceedingly familiar tunes he provides his audience with some context and some vital “hand holds” so that they feel more comfortable to go with him and his fellow musicians into the outer reaches where perhaps a safety harness might be appropriate. Often that familiar theme or melody is not even quite stated, but it’s always lurking there beneath the fresh notes and harmonies; it’s still at the back of Steve’s mind.”Peter Bacon, the JazzBreakfast (09/01/12)

“This is a rewarding album… When the two musicians start motoring, they really work well together. Blues in J is an eight minute tour de force with Steve initially providing the rhythm with a solid, continuous motif that varies as it progresses, whilst against it, JJ really shows what he can create with his drum kit.”Sandy Brown Jazz Publication (01/12/11)

“JJ Wheeler has a seemingly easy method of shifting the strong beat emphasis to organically change the whole metric feel of entire passage without ever leaving you lost; a magical quality for a drummer to have…Steve has a wonderful, imaginative feel so the pair work really well together…It is a very, very good listen…It works very well. The two players compliment each other nicely. Lovely playing, really involved drumming.”Mike Sims, Radio Cardiff (04/12/11)

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