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 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.'
2 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!
'...a songwriter of uncommon originality...an album that you just can't stop playing.' The Observer
3 Emily Barker - 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. With producer Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile) at the helm, the result is a beautiful, sensitive, provocative and at times surprising album.
'...simply great songs performed by a breathtaking singer.' Rock'n'Reel
4 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
5 Martin Taylor - Change of Heart
Recorded in 1991, the same year Martin was named 'Best Guitarist' for the fifth time at the British Jazz Awards, 'Change of Heart' features his quartet of David Newton, Brian Shiels and John Rae. This jazz favourite is now available in 192k Studio Master.
'Taylor's bluesy guitar and Newton's soulful piano make this extended performance a treat.' AllMusic.com
6 Emily Barker - The Toerag Sessions
Emily's new 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, live to tape with no edits or overdubs, 'The Toerag Sessions' features songs going all the way back to Emily's first UK band.
'...seduces you with its sumptuous sound, but rewards further listening with the unfolding of the performer's heart.' HiFi Choice
7 Barb Jungr - Chanson: The Space In Between
Barb's original take on the songs of Jacques Brel marked her Linn debut and the beginning of a decade-long recording partnership. Barb opted to use specially commissioned translations for her English language renditions which allowed her to fully explore and explain the emotions within the songs.
'I say, light that Gaullloise, sip a Ricard and go for it.' Hi-Fi+
8 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
9 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins LP
'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.
‘...it's a classy collection of great soul-searching songs well sung.' The Sunday Post
10 Fiona Mackenzie - Elevate LP
Co-produced by The Blue Nile producer Calum Malcolm, traditional acoustic instruments and electronic elements blend to create a forward-thinking music that remains rooted in heritage. Mackenzie's emotive self-penned lyrics paint a picture and the sound at times is hauntingly Celtic.
'This surprising record is definitely in my top five for 2008!' Audiophile Audition