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 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
2 Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film Live
With a voice that has attracted comparisons with Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum and a playing style likened to the great Oscar Peterson, Joe Stilgoe displays charm, wit and sincerity in equal measure as he tackles a diverse selection of songs linked by the theme of film which The Sunday Times described as ‘a touching yet quirky selection of stardust memories.'
3 Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo - Dear River
'Dear River' is the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people.
'...amazing...a classic album...' Maverick Magazine
4 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins
Produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), 'All My Sins' is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop and features co-writes with, among others, Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub). 'All My Sins' demonstrates Maeve's natural lyricism and exceptional voice that suggest maturity beyond her 21 years.
Album of the Month: '...the best album of the year so far.' The Music Critic
5 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, 'one of the top jazz pianists in the world' (LA Times). 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.' Audiophile Audition
6 Barb Jungr - Love Me Tender
Some of the greatest song writing talents of the 50s, 60s and70s wrote for Elvis Presley. Barb Jungr, regarded as Britain's foremost chansonnier and song stylist takes these songs and embarks on a journey through love, loneliness, obsession and finally, faith; a tribute to Elvis Presley in the real sense of the word.
‘Presley's lush sentimentality goes out of the window: in its place is an art-song sensibility tinged with cultured R&B.' The Sunday Times
7 Judith Owen - Happy This Way
'Happy this way' explores Owen's extraordinary talent for mixing Celtic, jazz and contemporary influences, resulting in a memorable and emotional view of her homeland.
CD of the Week: 'Judith Owen's new album "Happy This Way" shows why she's been compared to Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand and Dusty Springfield...a strong, clear and enjoyable voice accompanied by some great orchestral sounds.' The Sunday Post
8 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.
'In addition to Amy's immediately arresting vocals, the strings are incredibly effective - a dash of electronics, tinkle of clarsach and Amy's own measured, hypnotic double bass.' Folk Radio
9 Barb Jungr - Every Grain Of Sand
Barb'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. Actor Jeremy Irons named it as one of his must-have albums on Desert Island Discs, whilst The Wall Street Journal named it ‘the most significant vocal album of the 21st century'.
'So persuasively did Jungr inhabit the songs that...one entertained the thought that she might have understood them better than their author.' Record Collector
10 Barb Jungr - Just Like A Woman - Hymn To Nina
This beautiful, haunting album combines Barb's compelling arrangements and resolute delivery to bring a fresh perspective on these songs. Named ‘Jazz Album of the Week' by The Independent, Barb Jungr proves she is a peerless interpreter as she makes these songs her own, drawing subtle qualities from the lyrics with a moving lightness of touch to make their message utterly contemporary.
'Jungr's phrasing and ability to slide across end rhymes in to the next line are the stuff of revelation.' Jazzwise