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 Julienne Taylor - When We Are One
Hailed as 'Scotland's best female voice since Annie Lennox', Julienne has kept fans waiting for five years for a new studio album. Julienne has teamed up with Italian guitarist and songwriter Daniele Ferretti for this album, resulting in a collection of original songs and fresh interpretations of classic ballads. Highlights include the Celtic influenced arrangement of 'A Thousand Years' featuring the border pipes and low whistles of Fraser Fifield and the epic new track 'Dancing With The Oceans'.
2 Barb Jungr - Come Together
Barb Jungr and GRAMMY Award-winning arranger John McDaniel deliver revelatory renditions of Beatles classics. Building on the runaway success of her celebrated interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, 'Come Together' sees Jungr take on and lovingly revitalise yet another sacred cow of rock and pop: The Beatles.
'From within the most seemingly trivial love song, she uncovered a stunning depth and complexity of feeling.' New York Times
3 Pete Alderton - Something Smooth
'Cover My Blues' singer Pete Alderton continues to tell the story of his life through masterly crafted songs on his new album 'Something Smooth'. Once again the singer, guitarist and songwriter proves that he is one of the best and most versatile blues artists of his generation. The smooth vibe of the title is present in the romantic opening track, 'Man On The Run' and 'Never', a jazzy piano ballad. These original compositions are accompanied by a touching version of 'I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You' by Tom Waits, whilst Pete's love of Delta-blues inspires 'Revelation Blues' by the legendary Robert Johnson.
4 Susan Wong - Woman In Love
'Woman In Love' features romantic songs, old and new from Olivia Newton-John's 'I Honestly Love You' and Barbra Streisand's classic 'Woman in Love' to Rihanna's hit 'Stay' and Adele's 'Make You Feel My Love'. The album bears Susan's signature sultry vocal, accompanied by fresh and brilliant arrangements and features Susan's original song 'Can't You See (I'm Falling In Love)', a heartfelt declaration of love.
5 Barb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand
Barb Jungr's first album of Bob Dylan songs has deservedly become known as a cult classic and has won her a dedicated fan base around the world. One of Dylan's biggest champions, Barb's revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan's poetry, finding new depths and emotion in his work.
'Jungr can squeeze more juice out of a Dylan song than just about anybody.' New York Times
6 Laurence Hobgood - Honor Thy Fathers
Known for his work with Kurt Elling, Laurence Hobgood looks to the men he admires for inspiration on his trio album 'Honor Thy Fathers'. With tracks dedicated to his mentors and musical inspirations (Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Charlie Haden) Laurence has created a memorable album.
'It's easy to hear similarities between Laurence Hobgood's piano and that of Brad Mehldau...The album is a sublime statement-perhaps the first of 2016.' JazzTimes
7 Marconi Union - Ghost Stations
Over the last fourteen years Marconi Union have continually developed and refined a unique musical identity, evoking emotions from gracefully blending elements of dub' jazz, ambiance and electronica within their richly melodic compositions. In 'Ghost Stations', the trio find beauty in the bleakest places.
'It's a beautiful smooth evocation of being whisked through darkness, perched on the cusp of anticipation.' The Independent
8 Gill Manly - Going Home - Live at Hoodoos Lounge
Once described as 'an amalgam of Bessie Smith and Sarah Vaughan' Gill Manly's new blues album is a tour de force. These recordings give you a genuine up front close experience of Gill singing live. Noted for her intensity of drama and humour, all the colours and textures are reflected here with no holds barred.
9 Various - The Magic & The Mystery of the Piano Trio
For contemplative moments of the wintertime ahead of us, Ozella presents a compilation that combines quiet and pensive songs from some of the best Piano Jazz Trios of our time. This includes Norwegian favourites Helge Lien Trio, Finland's top newcomer Kari Ikonen Trio and the Eivind Austad Trio with a beautifully dreamy David Bowie cover version.
10 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