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 - Songs On Film: The Sequel

Joe Stilgoe takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the movies with classics such as 'Arthur's Theme' from the Dudley Moore favourite Arthur and 'You Never Can Tell' from Pulp Fiction, whilst the Monsters Inc favourite, 'If I Didn't Have You', sees Joe and special guest Curtis Stigers take on the roles of Mike and Sulley.

'...quick-witted and urbane...no end of fun.' The Sunday Times

 

Claire MartinClaire 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.

'...the pair pay an unashamed homage to the beauty of swing [and] find freshness and vitality in familiar material.' Soul and Jazz and Funk  

      

Applewood RoadApplewood Road - Applewood Road

The 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. 'Applewood Road' was recorded around a single microphone live to tape at Nashville's Welcome to 1979 and mastered at London's Gearbox Records.

'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      

 

Joe StilgoeJoe Stilgoe - Songs On Film Live

Joe Stilgoe's blend of imaginative song choices, virtuosic pianism and remarkable voice are showcased perfectly in this live album recorded at the London Jazz Festival in 2013. Joe displays charm, wit and sincerity in equal measure as he tackles a diverse selection of songs linked by the theme of film.

'...a touching yet quirky selection of stardust memories.' The Sunday Times

 

Barb Jungr5 Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm

Barb Jungr celebrates the songs of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel on her new album, plus new songs written by Barb and pianist Laurence Hobgood. These 'songs of hope' are a much-needed antidote to today's 'troubled times'; an uplifting message realised by a superb singer.

'Vocalist Barb Jungr pulls off quite a coup on her ninth album for Linn...this fine album possesses a special poignancy.'4 stars  Jazzwise

 

Tommy Smith6 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

 

Claire Martin7 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

 

Liane Carroll8 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 Barker9 Emily Barker - The Toerag Sessions

Emily Barker's 2015 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, with GRAMMY-winning producer Liam Watson at the helm.

'This is a masterclass in the art and craft of songwriting and an instructive and insightful record by one of today's leading singer/songwriters...the very definition of essential listening.' Folk Radio

 

Joe Stilgoe

10 Joe 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!

'...an album that you just can't stop playing.' 5 stars The Observer