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. 

 

Emily BarkerEmily Barker - Sweet Kind of Blue

Emily Barker's latest album is an intoxicating blend of self penned songs about loves lost, heartrending humanity and the rush of the road trip. The making of the album was a love story in itself, between Emily Barker and Memphis. The deluxe version features eight new songs.

'It's a sweet and tender distillation of Americana influences. Blues meets country meets gospel, Emily's songwriting seems to capture a world that belongs both in the past and the present.' Clash

        

Barb JungrBarb 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

    

Tommy SmithTommy Smith - The Sound of Love

Saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith reveals himself to be a consummate ballad player on this laid back selection of classics by two of the most justly celebrated composers in jazz history: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

'Smith's renderings and keen vision clearly exhibit the obvious notions that Ellington and Strayhorn are embedded in his soul. 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

   

Joe StilgoeJoe 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'. Joe's trademark catchy hooks and clever lyrics (reminiscent of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter) create an instant familiarity

'Longtime jazz lovers will need no reminding of Stilgoe's talents as a very British version of Harry Connick Jr.' The Sunday Times

   

Claire MartinClaire 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.' 5 stars Audiophile Audition

   

Various ArtistsVarious Artists - My Heart's in the Highlands

Experience the very best songs of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, brought to life on this delightful disc by Scotland’s finest traditional musicians.

'You'll find a great variety of voices, tempos, melodies, chord progressions, and arrangements - listening pleasure for the long haul, with many surprises and thrills. ' Soundstage

                   

Barb JungrBarb Jungr - Man In The Long Black Coat

Barb Jungr's superb interpretations of her musical hero combined with her unique vocal style and arrangements deliver a gorgeous performance on this compilation of Dylan songs. This recording includes four never before recorded tracks: Sara, Man In The Long Black Coat, It Ain't Me Babe and With God On Our Side.

'She sings with a passion and tenderness that not even Mr. Dylan himself could have imagined.' Wall Street Journal

 

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Secret Love

Claire explores the classic songbook with a mature set of standards from Irving Berlin's Cheek To Cheek to Bacharach and Costello's God Give Me Strength, taking in Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen along the way.

'...a sophisticated, mature set of standards, which Claire inhabits with grace and authority...one of Claire's best albums to date...' 4 stars Jazzwise

        

Claire Martin and Ray GelatoClaire Martin and Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings

The song selection is a delicious serving of some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook including a classy R&B treatment of Billie Holiday's Now Baby Or Never. The breadth of Claire's stylistic and vocal range is perfectly displayed among these tracks.

Album Choice: 'Ms Martin [is] an audiophile poster child...the results are irresistible...swing it does and the killer sound is a bonus.' Hi-Fi News

        

Amy Duncan10 Amy Duncan - Cycles of Life

Amy Duncan is an Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter whose ambient, folk-inspired music is charming crowds across the country with its emotive, ethereal allure. With beautiful harmonies and haunting melodies she weaves stories deeply familiar to us all.

'Amy's song-writing is emotive and deeply personal...Cycles Of Life is a progressively positive, and ultimately hope-filled, experience.' Folk Radio