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 Claire Martin & Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings
'We've Got A World That Swings' is a tour de force: Ray's jumpin' vocals and sax provide an ideal foil for Claire's velvety voice. The song selection is a delicious serving of some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook.
'...the pair pay an unashamed homage to the beauty of swing [and] find freshness and vitality in familiar material.' Soul and Jazz and Funk
2 Applewood Road - Applewood Road
The self-titled debut album by all-female trio Applewood Road is a testament to the prolific songwriting talents of Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace. 'Applewood Road' was recorded around a single microphone live to tape at Nashville's Welcome to 1979 and mastered at London's Gearbox Records.
'The standout track is the gorgeous title song from which they take their name...a slow, dreamy drift through an old-time landscape.' The Daily Telegraph
3 Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm
Barb Jungr celebrates the songs of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel on her new album, plus new songs written by Barb and pianist Laurence Hobgood. These 'songs of hope' are a much-needed antidote to today's 'troubled times'; an uplifting message superbly realised by a superb singer.
'Vocalist Barb Jungr pulls off quite a coup on her ninth album for Linn...this fine album possesses a special poignancy.'
4 Liane Carroll - Seaside
Liane Carroll's soulful voice has won the award-winning singer a legion of fans. Her new album 'Seaside', designed to evoke memories of hot summer holidays and brisk winter beach walks, is a mix of original songs and covers which broadly follow a seashore theme.
'Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.'
5 Tommy Smith - The Sound Of Love
Saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith wows with a selection of Ellington and Strayhorn standards, featuring Kenny Barron on piano. This 1997 album, which reached Number 20 in the American Gavin Jazz Chart, reveals Tommy Smith as a consummate ballad player on this laid back selection of classics.
'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
6 Emily Barker - The Toerag Sessions
Emily Barker's 2015 album is an engrossing collection of intimate solo versions of songs from across her career. Recorded at the legendary Toerag Studios in London, notable for its vintage recording gear, with GRAMMY-winning producer Liam Watson at the helm.
'This is a masterclass in the art and craft of songwriting and an instructive and insightful record by one of today's leading singer/songwriters...the very definition of essential listening.' Folk Radio
7 Claire Martin - Too Much in Love to Care
'Too Much in Love to Care' is Claire Martin's first US studio recording for fifteen years and guest stars Kenny Barron. It was named 'Best New Album' at the 2013 British Jazz Awards and 'One of the Best Albums of 2012' by Jazz History Online.
'This is an outstanding album from one of the finest jazz singers in the world today.' Jazz Journal
8 Claire Martin - Time & 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. Joe Stilgoe guests on his own track 'Lost For Words' and delivers a distinctive arrangement of Lennon & McCartney's 'She's Leaving Home'.
'Martin exhibits her usual brilliance at both choosing intriguing material and interpreting it with intelligence and verve.' Jazz Times
9 Joe 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'.
Featuring an energetic big band, exceptional rhythm section and a guest spot from singer Liane Caroll this is a sure-fire hit!
'...an album that you just can't stop playing.' The Observer
10 Barb Jungr - Man In The Long Black Coat
Internationally renowned as 'one of the best interpreters of Bob Dylan' (Village Voice, NY), Barb Jungr pays tribute to her musical hero with this album released on the year of his 70th birthday. Barb's imaginative re-workings, which give a female's perspective on a traditionally male body of work, not only reveal her passion for Dylan's songs but also her great skill as an interpreter and singer.
'[Barb] teases out every nuance in a Dylan lyric as she reshapes it to her own ends.' The Times