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. 

 

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'. 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.' 5 stars The Observer 

 

Liane Carroll2 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.' 4 stars Mojo

 

Emily BarkerEmily 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  

 

Martin Taylor4 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

 

Big Screen5 Big Screen - Take One

The Big Screen trio joyfully explores the worlds of stage and screen, swinging through a selection of timeless melodies which enjoy universal appeal.

'When it comes to bold originality and delicacy of touch, Newton is unbeatable...You'll be amazed by the transformations that emerge.' 4 stars The Observer

 

Claire Martin6 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.' 5 stars Jazz Journal

 

Claire Martin7 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

 

Emily BarkerEmily Barker - Dear River

Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a beautiful, sensitive, provocative and at times surprising album.

'... an Americana-themed hymn of strummed guitars, violin and vocal harmonies held together by a delicately balanced acoustic ambience. it's a warm, welcoming sound that entices your ears with a surfeit of gorgeous tunes.' Hi-Fi Choice   

 

Joe StilgoeJoe Stilgoe - We Look To The Stars

This album showcases Stilgoe's expressive and charming voice in an album of (mostly) originals with his trademark catchy hooks and instant familiarity. Stilgoe includes a cover of the Kinks' 'Waterloo Sunset', a simple yet effective piano-vocal rendition which allows Stilgoe's voice and phenomenal piano playing to shine.

'As for the songs they're witty, observant and have actual tunes attached...It's a delight.' The Observer

   

Tommy Smith10 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