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.
Album Choice: 'This is [Gelato's] second pairing with Ms Martin, an audiophile poster child, and the results are irresistible...perfection.' Hi-Fi News
2 Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel
Joe Stilgoe takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the movies with classics such as 'Arthur's Theme' from the Dudley Moore favourite Arthur and 'You Never Can Tell' from Pulp Fiction, whilst the Monsters Inc favourite, 'If I Didn't Have You', sees Joe and special guest Curtis Stigers take on the roles of Mike and Sulley.
'...quick-witted and urbane...no end of fun.' The Sunday Times
3 Joe 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
4 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
5 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
6 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.'
7 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 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.'
8 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
9 William Orbit - My Oracle Lives Uptown
Orbit's signature sound - sleek and lush, but leaving a cool slipstream in its wake - is immediately recognisable. Most of the tracks on the album feature vocals, even if they are only textures in the mix - and their placement within the track is planned with a remixer's ear for shifts of perspective.
'The dreamy Optical Illusions washes over you in gorgeously drowsy electronic waves ... Orbit has no need to reinvent the wheel - this has become his sound, and once again it's irresistible.' Mojo
10 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins
'All My Sins', the debut album from Glasgow's rising star Maeve O'Boyle, is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop and showcases Maeve's poignant, personal and deeply meaningful self-penned songs.
'this is a classy affair from start to finish...all I need to say is that this album deserves to be in your collection, as it is the best album of the year so far.' The Music Critic