Non-Classical Top 10

The Non-Classical Top Ten lists the albums which have proved most popular in the last month and might give you some good ideas for your next purchase. It covers not just jazz but also rock & pop, electronica and folk. 

 

Barb JungrBarb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand (Fifteenth Anniversary Edition)

Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook. Barb's revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan's lyrics, finding new depths and emotion in his work.

Records of the Year: #7 'Barb Jungr's bold reworking of his songs makes a fascinating journey.' The Sunday Times

  

Joe StilgoeJoe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls

Joe Stilgoe's seamless ability to mix contemporary style with a fond nostalgia for the Golden Era of Gene Kelly and Louis Prima means his ‘old soul' finds a perfect match in these ‘new songs'. Joe's trademark catchy hooks and clever lyrics (reminiscent of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter) create an instant familiarity

'Longtime jazz lovers will need no reminding of Stilgoe's talents as a very British version of Harry Connick Jr.' The Sunday Times

 

Emily BarkerEmily Barker - Sweet Kind of Blue

Emily Barker's latest album is an intoxicating blend of self penned songs about loves lost, heartrending humanity and the rush of the road trip. The making of the album was a love story in itself, between Emily Barker and Memphis. THe Deluxe version features eight new songs.

'It's a sweet and tender distillation of Americana influences. Blues meets country meets gospel, Emily's songwriting seems to capture a world that belongs both in the past and the present.'. Clash

       

Joe StilgoeJoe Stilgoe - Songs On Film Live

Joe Stilgoe's blend of imaginative song choices, virtuosic pianism and remarkable voice are showcased perfectly in this live album recorded at the London Jazz Festival in 2013. Joe displays charm, wit and sincerity in equal measure as he tackles a diverse selection of songs linked by the theme of film.

‘...a touching yet quirky selection of stardust memories.' The Sunday Times

     

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care

Claire Martin's collection of classic romantic songs and ballads from The Great American Songbook features legendary US pianist Kenny Barron. It was named 'Best New Album' at the 2013 British Jazz Awards.

'...From the stylistic, "cool" jazz of the quartet to the assured, versatile singing, all of the pieces fit intuitively.' 5 stars Audiophile Audition

 

Alyn CoskerAlyn Cosker - Lyn's Une

Alyn Cosker is as a formidable jazz drummer. His debut album sees Alyn pour his experience and chameleon-like taste into these original compositions. The album is a blend of ballads and big brassy numbers with each featuring a different combination of musicians creating a varied and appealing sound.

'...a particularly lively listen...one to search out.' The Jazz Breakfast

 

Emily Barker & The Red Clay HaloEmily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Dear River

'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people which sees Emily blend her own story into the wider joys and sorrows gleaned from her rigorous researches into others' experiences of travel and emigration. With producer Calum Malcolm at the helm, the result is a beautiful, sensitive, provocative and at times surprising album.

'Ambitious and beautifully wrought, Dear River should mark Barker's entry into the big leagues.' 4 stars Q

                 

Claire Martin & Ray GelatoClaire Martin & Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings

The song selection is a delicious serving of some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook. The breadth of Claire's stylistic and vocal range is perfectly displayed among these tracks: listen to her boogaloo take on 'You Came A Long Way From St. Louis' or 'More Than You Know', which is a vocal masterclass.

Album Choice: 'Ms Martin [is] an audiophile poster child...the results are irresistible...swing it does and the killer sound is a bonus.' Hi-Fi News

 

Tommy SmithTommy Smith - The Sound of Love

Saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith reveals himself to be a consummate ballad player on this laid back selection of classics by two of the most justly celebrated composers in jazz history: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

'Smith's renderings and keen vision clearly exhibit the obvious notions that Ellington and Strayhorn are embedded in his soul. Pianist Kenny Barron was the perfect choice for this project. His articulate phrasing and heartfelt performances provide the anchor for Smith's rich and multi- textured tenor sax passages.' All About Jazz

 

Joe Stilgoe10 Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel

All the best movies need a sequel and Joe Stilgoe's popular tribute to the silver screen, 'Songs On Film', is no different. This new studio recording takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the movies and features guest star Curtis Stigers.

'...what came across most forcibly was not only film buff Joe Stilgoe's evident love of this material, but also the infectious joy of performing it...' 4 stars Jazzwise