In the Studio - Behind the Scenes
Recorded as Systems Two, Brooklyn, USA, James leads a band of international superstars including Geoffrey Keezer, Jonathan Kreisberg, Richie Goods, Jon Wikan and Adrian Cunningham (AUS). Hard Mince is comprised of ten original tracks of jazz, funk, classical, rock and gospel influences. The album is currently on heavy rotation across radio programs in over 13 countries. Hard Mince also recieved the award of Best Jazz Album in the 2015 Akademia Music Awards.
Reviewed by Trent Bryson-Dean
"I've long enjoyed James' heart-connected pen, and he had it well in hand as he wrote the music for this project...compositions which all display intellectual rigor without losing sight of their target - the heart of the listener."
– Joe Locke, Jazz Icon, NYC Feb 2015
Recorded at Bennetts Studios, USA, BURBANK (2011) is the debut release with James as leader and producer. The album is comprised of eight original compositions of jazz, rock and classical influence with an international line-up of Steve Newcomb (AUS), Sam Anning (AUS), Jon Wikan (USA) and Stefan Schmid (GER). Burbank recieved notable mention in Best Jazz Album section of the 2015 Akademia Music Awards.
For his debut, Brisbane born vibist has tapped instinctively into the elegant sound of the vibraphone with a maturity way beyond his 20 years. His sometimes, chiming, sometimes modal or swinging compositions utilising warm melodies are beautifully subtle vehicles for his expressive style. Never overtly virtuosic, he plays with controlled finesse. A student of Joe Locke, Whiting gathered a first rate band to record in New York including ex-pat bassist Sam Anning and pianist Steve Newcomb. Jon Wikan’s textural drumming and notably his cymbal work particularly complements the recording as does the German saxophonist Stefan Schmid on four of the eight tracks.
by Peter Wockner
Published in Limelight Magazine Nov 2011