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.
1 Barb 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
2 Claire 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.' Audiophile Audition
3 Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm
Barb Jungr's unrivalled ability as an enthralling song stylist brings new depth and insight into songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel. A Jazzwise 'Album of 2016'.
'The Dylan and Cohen covers are, as one has come to expect from Jungr, quite superb...But perhaps the biggest surprise on Shelter is the quality of Jungr's own compositions.' Kind of Jazz
4 Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett - Witchcraft
These songs are some of the best entries in the Great American Song Book and Claire's singing has the style to a "t" and more wit and expression than anyone else alive. But it is the great, extraordinary Richard Rodney Bennett that just transforms this - the piano playing is just a masterclass in orchestration.
'...the result is one timeless version of a song after another...Unequivocally recommended.' Jazz Journal
5 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins
Maeve O'Boyle's unique blend of melodic pop, folk and rock has remained a firm favourite since its release in 2009. Her flair for penning intelligent, captivating songs and exceptional voice won acclaim from the public and critics alike.
'Maeve's mournful, plaintive and utterly beguiling voice ensures there are no misses on this triumphant debut.' The Daily Express
6 Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls
Firmly established as a performer and songwriter of considerable skill, Joe Stilgoe's first studio album on Linn is a masterclass in giving nostalgia a contemporary twist. Joe also duets with Liane Carroll on a wistful cover of Brian Wilson's ‘I Just Wasn't Made For These Times'.
'Longtime jazz lovers will need no reminding of Stilgoe's talents as a very British version of Harry Connick Jr.' The Sunday Times
7 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. Curtis Stigers guests on this new studio recording which takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the movies.
'...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...' Jazzwise
8 Claire Martin - Time and Place
With the connections borne of twenty-five years in the business Claire has commissioned imaginative new arrangements of songs from an eclectic group of writers including Joni Mitchell, George Gershwin, Thelonius Monk and a new commission written by the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer.
'Martin exhibits her usual brilliance at both choosing intriguing material and interpreting it with intelligence and verve.' Jazz Times
9 Barb Jungr - Love Me Tender
'Love Me Tender' is a tribute to Elvis Presley in the real sense of the word. Barb Jungr is not impersonating him. These tracks are real covers - deconstructions and reinterpretations - making the listener forget the original.
'Presley's lush sentimentality goes out of the window: in its place is an art-song sensibility tinged with cultured R&B.' The Sunday Times
10 Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Dear River
Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions '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.
'...simply great songs performed by a breathtaking singer.' Rock'n'Reel