Michael Janisch’s hard bop and new Cool indie jazz label Whirlwind has signed Seamus Blake’s acoustic quartet The French Connection. 

A record the label say will be released by the band in the first quarter of 2019.

Before that first dates featuring Blake, who Whirlwind describe as “one of the world’s most distinctive voices on saxophone,” and band members Tony Tixier on piano, Florent Nisse playing double bass and Gautier Garrigue on the drums include club and festival dates in France in early July and one in London at the Pizza in Soho on 10 July.