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 Joe Stilgoe - We Look To The Stars
From album opener, the swinging 'Let's Begin', to the exuberant 'We Should Kiss' via 'Now Wasn't That Fun?' which shows off his scatting credentials, Joe Stilgoe has crafted an engaging album which is fresh, yet familiar.
'Stilgoe's lyrics are intricate, his tunes breezy and buoyant, and a cover of the Kinks' Waterloo Sunset provides a wistful payoff to a confident set.' The Sunday Times
2 Claire Martin - Time and Place
'Time & Place' perfectly sums up Claire Martin's jazz roots and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. With guests including The Montpellier Cello Quartet and Joe Stilgoe, Claire performs stunning new arrangements of songs from an eclectic group of songwriters.
'Time & Place is one of those rare things: an album of standouts...' Jazzwise
3 Joe Stilgoe - I Like This One
Joe includes his take on the standards with the Rodgers & Hart classic 'The Lady Is A Tramp' and the Rodgers & Hammerstein toe-tapper 'The Surrey With The Fringe On Top'. A Dudley Moore sketch provides the inspiration for 'Mr Spiggott' whilst fans of comedy duo Flanders and Swann will recognise the classic 'Slow Train' which Joe gives a contemporary twist.
'Joe [writes] songs that sound like you've known them for years.' Daily Express
4 Barb Jungr - Love Me Tender
Barb Jungr, regarded as Britain's foremost chansonnier and song stylist takes these songs and embarks on a journey through love, loneliness, obsession and finally, faith. 'Love Me Tender' is a tribute to Elvis Presley in the real sense of the word.
‘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
5 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins
Produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), 'All My Sins' is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop and features co-writes with, among others, Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub). 'All My Sins' demonstrates Maeve's natural lyricism and exceptional voice that suggest maturity beyond her 21 years.
Album of the Month: '...the best album of the year so far.' The Music Critic
6 Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo - Dear River
'Dear River' is the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people.
'...amazing...a classic album...' Maverick Magazine
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, 'one of the top jazz pianists in the world' (LA Times). 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
8 Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film Live
With a voice that has attracted comparisons with Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum and a playing style likened to the great Oscar Peterson, Joe Stilgoe displays charm, wit and sincerity in equal measure as he tackles a diverse selection of songs linked by the theme of film which The Sunday Times described as ‘a touching yet quirky selection of stardust memories.'
9 William Orbit - My Oracle Lives Uptown
My Oracle Lives Uptown is William Orbit's eighth album, and his signature sound - sleek and lush, but leaving a cool slipstream in its wake - is immediately recognisable.
'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 Gill Manly - With A Song In My Heart
'With a Song in My Heart' is a gentle and uncluttered smooth set of songs enhanced by the virtuoso playing of Guy Barker on trumpet. This recording sees Manly reclaim her place amongst the current jazz vocalists who have long cited her as an inspiration and a unique interpreter of the jazz singers' vast cannon.
'...hearing that great voice again (very like Ella Fitzgerald), the years drop away and the lyrics trace patterns on my heart.
' Daily Mail