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 - 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.' Audiophile Audition
2 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins
Maeve O'Boyle's unique blend of melodic pop, folk and rock has remained a firm favourite since its release in 2009. Her flair for penning intelligent, captivating songs and exceptional voice won acclaim from the public and critics alike.
'Maeve's mournful, plaintive and utterly beguiling voice ensures there are no misses on this triumphant debut.' The Daily Express
3 Emily Barker - Dear River
Emily Barker worked with The Blue Nile producer, Calum Malcolm, to create this beautifully crafted, thoughtful and personal collection. Widely acclaimed as her best to date, it features her band The Red Clay Halo.
'...an Americana-themed hymn of strummed guitars, violin and vocal harmonies held together by a delicately balanced acoustic ambience...gorgeous.' Hi-Fi Choice
4 Claire Martin - He never mentioned love
Claire Martin pays a stylish tribute to the late and legendary American songstress Shirley Horn. This album sees the UK's finest jazz singer investigate songs memorably performed by her greatest influence.
'Claire Martin, easily the best British singer of her generation, was often more affecting than some of the overly lush recordings that Horn made in her final years...' The Times
5 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
6 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. There is an emotional and visceral joy when hearing these tunes rendered with the care, intellect, passion and excellence that Big Screen bring to the music.
'When it comes to bold originality and delicacy of touch, Newton is unbeatable...You'll be amazed by the transformations that emerge.' The Observer
7 Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm
Barb Jungr's unrivalled ability as an enthralling song stylist brings new depth and insight into songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel. A Jazzwise 'Album of 2016'.
'The Dylan and Cohen covers are, as one has come to expect from Jungr, quite superb...But perhaps the biggest surprise on Shelter is the quality of Jungr's own compositions.' Kind of Jazz
8 Liane Stilgoe - Seaside
Liane Carroll's Linn debut 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.
'Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.' Mojo
9 Tommy 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.
'...this is not just another homage to Ellington and Strayhorn, Smith's renderings and keen vision clearly exhibit the obvious notions that Ellington and Strayhorn are embedded in his soul.' All About Jazz
10 Applewood Road - Applewood Road
This self-titled debut album, by all-female trio Applewood Road, is a testament to the prolific songwriting talents of Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace. Featuring some of Nashville's finest session musicians, Applewood Road was recorded around a single microphone live to tape.
'...The standout track is the gorgeous title song from which they take their name...a slow, dreamy drift through an old-time landscape.' The Daily Telegraph