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 Barker & The Red Clay HaloEmily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Almanac

'Almanac' is the third studio album by Anglo-Australian quartet Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo. It includes the song 'Pause', the theme tune from the award-winning soundtrack of BBC TV drama The Shadow Line. This re-issue contains three additional bonus tracks: alternate versions of 'Pause, 'Ropes' and 'Little Deaths'.

'...this is a dream of a record. So perfectly formed is it that, chances are, the listener will need to go around again immediately, to make sure they weren't imagining anything'. BBC Music Magazine

       

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Time & Place

These imaginative new arrangements perfectly sum up Claire Martin’s jazz roots and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. The songs are from an eclectic group of writers including Joni Mitchell, George Gershwin, Thelonius Monk and a new commission written by Geoffrey Keezer.

'One of this country's greatest jazz singers once again pushing boundaries into new territory with spectacular results...It's an ace album.'  Jamie Cullum

     

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

 

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

  

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

 

Martin TaylorMartin Taylor - Change of Heart

Released in 1991, the same year Martin Taylor was named 'Best Guitarist' for the fifth time at the British Jazz Awards, 'Change of Heart' features Taylor's quartet of David Newton, Brian Shiels and John Rae.

'...deliberation,elegance and musical intelligence.' Gramophone

 

Claire Martin & Ray GelatoClaire Martin & 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. The breadth of Claire's stylistic and vocal range is perfectly displayed among these tracks: listen to her boogaloo take on 'You Came A Long Way From St. Louis' or 'More Than You Know', which is a vocal masterclass.

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

 

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Secret Love

From an exciting new arrangement of Something's Coming from Bernstein's 'West Side Story', to Joni Mitchell's 'Blue Motel Room' arranged by jazz singer Ian Shaw, the album mixes jazz standards with new arrangements to create an original showcase for Claire's clever musicality and superb vocals.

'Claire Martin has been a class act for years, and her wit, relaxation and inventive choices of materials are rivalled only by her musicality and instrumentalist's jazz awareness.' Jazz UK

                 

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

 

Liane Carroll10 Liane Carroll - Seaside

Liane Carroll's 'Seaside' is a mix of original songs and covers broadly following a seashore theme, with sterling accompaniment comprising piano trio, guitar and brass. It was named 'Best New CD' at the 2015 British Jazz Awards.

'...this is not only Carroll's best disc, but one of the finest non-classical releases in the Linn catalogue.' The Herald